God Bless the Broken Road (2018 Film)
God Bless the Broken Road is a 2018 American Christian romantic comedy/drama film directed by Harold Cronk and starring Lindsay Pulsipher, Jordin Sparks, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Andrew Walker. The film will be released theatrically on September 7, 2018.
Written by Jennifer Dornbush, with story by Andy Fraser and Liam Matthews, the film tells the story of a young mother who loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles to raise their young daughter in his absence. The film combines elements of faith, country music, and stock car racing while paying tribute to those who serve in the United States Military.
The film will be released in partnership with DAV (Disabled American Veterans), so a portion of the film’s proceeds will go to benefit DAV.
Plot[edit | edit source]
GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD tells the story of Amber a devout young mother struggling to do the best she can on the home front in the wake of her husband’s death. Shortly after he is killed in combat, she receives a final letter from him, which she cannot bring herself to open, knowing it contains the last words he will ever speak to her, or their 10 year-old daughter, Bree.
A few years later, her heart still broken and her faith in shambles, she is faced with the daunting prospect of losing their house to foreclosure. Her controlling mother-in-law, Patti, offers support, but at a price. Her friends encourage her to return to the Church. Amber decides that she doesn’t need anyone’s help. Not from her family, nor her friends, and certainly not from above, and falls into isolation on the broken road she travels.
Hotshot stock car driver Cody Jackson has been busted down to the semi-pro ranks, as punishment for his recklessness. He arrives in town with a chip on his shoulder and is disheartened to find that local stock car owner Joe Chartier insists he work the Church’s Go-Kart Club.
It’s in this capacity that he meets young Bree, and in helping her build a cart to honor her fallen father, begins to realize that there is more to life than just going fast. He asks Amber out, but is rebuffed. After she begins to see a happy change come over Bree which she attributes to Cody’s oversight, she reconsiders.
The date is a complete misfire, as she is not ready, and he still lives pedal to the metal. But the next day, over a picnic at the track, they come to terms with helping each other along, but not taking it too fast. Unfortunately, this all unravels on the heels of Cody’s terrifying crash at the big race. Amber panics, and bans Bree from participating in the go-cart program any further.
Bree runs away. The community rallies, and everyone from all facets of Amber’s life come out to help look for Bree, including Nelson, a wounded veteran who was with her husband when he died. As the search goes on, Amber realizes that she has become consumed with saving the house, at the cost of focusing on the true gift that her husband left her – their daughter.
Searching for Bree together, Cody convinces Nelson to relay Darren’s last words to Amber, and through them, she finds the courage to visit the cemetery and finally read the letter. The letter speaks of his trust in God and how he lives every day, not in fear, but in love.
Amber comes to understand that her daughter Bree and her faith in God are the most important things in life.
Cast[edit | edit source]
Jordin Sparks as Bridgette
LaDainian Tomlinson as Pastor Williams
Andrew Walker as Cody Jackson
Robin Givens as Karena Williams
Makenzie Moss as Bree Hill
Kim Delaney as Patti Hill
Gary Grubbs as Joe Carter
Arthur Cartwright as Mike Nelson
Madeline Carroll as Hannah
Production[edit | edit source]
The film was shot in 2016 on multiple locations around Michigan.
Billy Ray Cyrus recorded a new version of his hit song Some Gave All for the song’s 25th anniversary, which was used for the end credits of the film.
BlessAVet Campaign[edit | edit source]
God Bless the Broken Road partnered with DAV (Disabled American Veterans) on the BlessAVet campaign, where people could contribute $25 to buy a veteran a movie ticket to see God Bless the Broken Road in theaters, as well as a $25 gift card to restaurant.com. This campaign was in addition to the portion of the God Bless the Broken Road proceeds that will go to benefit DAV.
In addition to DAV, God Bless the Broken Road partnered with Jegs Auto Parts, the NY Jets, and the Los Angeles Chargers to spread the word about God Bless the Broken Road and the BlessAVet campaign. Jegs Auto Parts sponsors NASCAR driver Cody Coughlin, who plays himself in a cameo in the film. LaDainian Tomlinson, pro football hall of famer-turned-actor in God Bless the Broken Road, previously played for the Jets and the Chargers.
References[edit | edit source]
- Indiewire,‘47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter’ Teaser Trailer: More Sharks and Screams Are on the Way in 2019 — Watch.
- IMDB,God Bless the Broken Road.
- DAV, NASCAR Driver and DAV Ambassador Cody Coughlin to Race in Honor of Veterans.
- "God Bless the Broken Road". IMDB. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
- "NASCAR Driver and DAV Ambassador Cody Coughlin to Race in Honor of Veterans". DAV. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
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