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Uncommon (2015 film)

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Uncommon is a 2015 American Christian drama film directed by Bill Rahn and starring Ben Davies, Erik Estrada, and Irma P. Hall. The film is about a group of students at a high school who work to create a school play when the school is faced with budget cuts. However, they are met with setbacks since the play revolves around faith-based subject matter.

This film is among many films in the Christian film industry.

Plot[edit]

We first hear a man narrating about the changes in the education system, particularly related to freedom of religion. We then see a flashback to a school shooting which is shown starting to take place.

After this flashback, we see Aaron Chase, a teenage boy, grieving over the loss of his brother (presumably from the shooting we saw in flashback). His family comforts him as Chase deals with his grief. Meanwhile, when going to church, he meets a janitor named Marc Garcia, who invites him to volunteer with the youth. Chase, and his friend Drew, meet a kind woman named Aunt Shirley at the place he is volunteering at.

On his first day at a new school Chase is attending, he gets to know one teacher named Mr. Stevens, an atheist who confronts Chase when he makes a comment on Mr. Stevens' teaching. Chase also comes to realize that the school (Rosewood High School) is facing budget cuts, which has led them to postpone the theater department, along with other artistic departments, which causes controversy in the students. The next day at Rosewood High, Chase's decision to advertise a school-held bible study causes controversy in Mr. Stevens, who confronts Chase in front of the other students and also throws the advertisement in the garbage can.

Meanwhile, the theater students, now unable to conduct a school play, decide to make an attempt to do so, winning the approval of the principal. However, the principal requires that they find a teacher willing to help them with the play, and are unable to do so. Meanwhile, Mr. Garcia (the janitor) decides to confront Mr. Stevens on his disapproval of Chase's religious beliefs, but Mr. Stevens dismisses Mr. Garcia's advice. In the meantime, the theater students find Mr. Garcia, who is willing to help them with the play.

Mr. Garcia brings the students along to the place where Chase is volunteering at, asking the students to volunteer as well. However, one of the students, Casey, yells at his girlfriend, Hailey, and leaves. After this, Chase starts getting to know Hailey. Mr. Garcia invites the students to his daughter's sweet sixteen, and they enjoy their time there at the party.

Back at school, the students struggle to find ideas for their play. Following Erin's advice, the students also decide to base it off of classic Bible stories, only modernize them. They eventually decide that Chase will write the script for the play, which creates controversy with Casey, who leaves in anger. Meanwhile, Chase decides to call his play "Uncommon", basing the title off of his brother's journal. The students make progress with the play, but are then approached by the principal and Mr. Stevens, the principal confronting them about the religious background of the play (since it is based off of Bible stories).

The students are now unable to conduct the play, and they leave in despair. Chase gets into a tense argument with Casey after Casey irreverently refers to Chase's dead brother, which leads to Chase threatening Casey angrily before leaving. Chase seeks Aunt Shirley's advice, and she gives him some valuable words. Chase decides to boldly speak up about the play, and expresses his views on the play to the school board. However, he also realizes that Mr. Garcia has contacted a lawyer willing to take their case on the play. The students are delighted to hear this, including Chase.

The case gets brought to court and the lawyer boldly defends the students, stating that they have the right to express their beliefs and views freely. The case ends up being won in the favor of the students and their freedoms. When Chase prays with the students, he prays for Mr. Stevens, who hears Chase's prayer for him--and is visibly surprised by it.

Meanwhile, the students struggle to complete their play, but are helped by Mr. Garcia, who provides them with a large set of costumes to assist the students in their production. The students are successful in their production, and perform their beginning musical number in front of the crowd.

Main cast[edit]

Ben Davies as Aaron Chase

Erik Estrada as Marc Garcia

Irma P. Hall as Aunt Shirley Bailey

Don Brooks as Mr. Stevens

Wesley Elder as Drew

References[edit]


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