Movie Monday – The Inheritance – 04/23/12

Penny Zeller, Christian Author

This week’s family movie suggestion is The Inheritance

I have to admit that this is one of my all-time favorite movies. (And sorry dads and husbands, this one is more of a chick-flick!)

During this movie, we are taken back to the 1870s where Edith is a companion to the wealthy young lady Amy Hamilton. While not one of the family, the Hamiltons have always treated Edith with respect and have provided for her since the day they found her as an orphaned infant. Mr. Hamilton, especially, treats Edith as a daughter.

However, Edith realizes that she is not on the same level socially and economically as the Hamiltons. This is even more clearly proven when the rude, brash, and devious Ida (Amy’s cousin) comes for a visit in search of a husband. Ida has every intention of reminding Edith of her social status to the point of wrongful accusations and lying because of her own jealousy. It was interesting (and sad) to watch how different it was in the late 1800s and how people were forbidden to cross social and economic lines.

When Ida realizes that the handsome James Percy is drawn to Edith, things take a turn for the worst. Will Edith lose her home with the Hamiltons? Will she ever be able to make clear the love she has for James Percy, even though they are on different social levels?

Yes, this is a classic love story, and a well-acted one at that. It contains nothing objectionable.* The romance is wholesome and there is no foul language. In addition, there are some great discussion points including not judging others, loyalty, kindness, sacrifice, jealousy, and greed.

This movie is a perfect movie to watch with daughters, sisters, or for a girls’ night. I highly recommend it!

*The version of this movie for this review is from the Feature Films for Families version.

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