Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Truth Be Told makes family movie night a teachable moment

On Saturday, April 16th, FOX will be airing, Truth Be Told, a movie the whole family can (and should!) watch together.

Presented by Walmart and P&G, Truth Be Told explores the reasons why even good, honest people might fall and slip into deception. I had a chance to view the movie in an early premiere, and it really does provide an excellent opportunity for a teachable moment with your kids about lying, situational ethics, and why it is important to stay true to your own personal moral compass. 

The premise is simple: initially motivated with the best of intents, to make a difference in the world, the two eminently likable stars make the decision to engage in a deception that spins them into a web of lies. 

In Truth be Told, Annie Morgan is a marriage counselor who helps couples keep their relationships strong. Her motto is "love takes courage." Mark Crane is a widower with kids trying to raise money for a good cause. When the old college friends are each offered an opportunity to make their dreams come true, the two enter into a deception together--posing as a happily married couple with children!--that complicates their lives in ways they never anticipated. 

I sat down (with my thoughtfully-provided movie kit containing candy and popcorn!) to watch Truth be Told yesterday, and I really liked Candace Cameron Bure, the woman who plays Annie. I found her engaging and believable in the role. In addition, Mark comes across as a decent man who has seen some tough times but still has faith in the good in the world, and the kids who play his children interact well with each other, like actual siblings might. 

I really recommend making this into a Family Movie Night and seeing this movie with your kids, whatever their ages. Truth be Told is appropriate for the whole family. There's even an official Family Movie Night website devoted to Truth be Told!

Oh, and check out the Facebook page with your kids!

Reminder: Truth be Told airs on Fox this Saturday, April 16th at 8 pm (7 central). 

 I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a movie kit to facilitate my review and a gift code to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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