Thursday, June 9, 2011

Family Movie Night is Back with “Field of Vision” - 6/11 at 8(7 Central) on NBC

Field of Vision

WalMart and P&G Products have teamed up with  Family Movie Night to bring another great show.  If you are looking for a movie that is wholesome, will provide great openings for conversations, and won’t have you lunging for the remote during every commercial break, then set aside this Saturday evening at 8PM (7 Central)  and tune into NBC.

The newest offering is titled Field of Vision.  The main story is about a boy named Cory.  Poor Cory has been in the Foster Care System since his mother died when he was 12.  His latest home shuffle has put him into a new school.  Unfortunately, he attracts the attention of some boys who have it in for him, and he begins to get bullied.  The boys doing this are popular football players and an important part of a team poised to make it to the state championships. 

 This is a subject very near and dear to my heart and for the most part I liked the way the movie handled it.  They showed how sometimes what is absolutely bullying gets shrugged off as a rite of passage, or no big deal.  Then they showed the progression.  When bullying isn’t stopped early, it can escalate and become physical. It also shows the viewer the deeper layers, too, like how the boy  feels when he realizes he has been targeted.  Beyond the humiliation, when he loses something precious, it even more unbearable.  

 The other main characters are the McFarland family.  The mother is the school guidance counselor, who helps Cory with some of the pain he has been carrying since his mother’s death.  Tyler plays football with the bullies, and has to face a tough decision.  Will he tell the coach what’s happening?  If he does, the boys will be kicked off of the team, and the school might miss their chance to go to the championship.   He also struggles because these boys have been his friends for years.  He knows there will be social fallout.   Little Lucy McFarland is a very smart and sweet young girl.  She and Cory bond over a love of books, but it seems they were destined to be friends for bigger reasons.  Lucy has  “magic” video camera.  The camera allows both her and Tyler to help Cory in amazing ways. 

 As I mentioned earlier, I mostly liked the way this movie is presented.  It’s not too over the top, and the parts that don't quite match up with reality do serve the purpose of the plot.  For example, I don’t know if a coach with his eyes on a championship would be as supportive as this coach is - but it shows how it should be handled, and I appreciate that.  The magic camera, while far fetched, somehow works in this story – and while it isn't terribly difficult to see where it’s all headed - as a viewer, it’s where I wanted it to go, so I was happily cheering it along. 

 This is definitely the kind of movie I want to see more of on television.  If you are also in favor of more family friendly programming, I would urge you to tune in or set your DVR.  The wonderful response to the first five Family Movie Night Movies is what has made Field of Vision possible. If you’d like to learn more about Family Movie Night or this movie, Field of Vision, visit Family Movie Night’s webpage or Family Movie Night on Facebook. I hope you tune in and enjoy the show!

I was allowed to watch an online screening of the movie mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."