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Movie Monday: Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Home Again

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From the very first episode of Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I was hooked. Imagine my excitement when I discovered the latest installment in the series.

In Home Again, the Postables find a package with what appears to be an expensive vase. Who sent it and who was the intended recipient? After discovering the answers to these questions, they discover a family in dire need of help before they lose their family farm. Will they be able to assist the family in their dream of keeping the farm before it’s auctioned off to the highest bidder? Will they be able to convince one of the daughters who left years ago on bad terms to return home?

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In other news, Norman and Rita receive a visit from Rita’s parents. Things get off to a bad start right away. What can Norman do to make Rita’s father like him?

Signed, Sealed, Delivered boasts great story lines, humor, romance, and a little mystery all thrown into one. There is nothing objectionable – this is truly family fare at its finest. The characters are realistic, the acting superb, and the storylines heartwarming. The only downside in Home Again is one unnecessary use of the Lord’s name in vain.

If you are looking for a series for your next family night, I highly recommend Signed, Sealed, Delivered. But start at the very first episode. It’s quite possible you’ll become an ardent fan as well!


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Movie Monday – Hot Lead & Cold Feet – 6/11/12

Penny Zeller, Christian Author

This week’s Monday Movie suggestion is Hot Lead & Cold Feet…

What’s family night without an old Disney movie thrown in every now and again? Hot Lead & Cold Feet stars the hilarious Don Knotts as the goofball sheriff in a small Wild West Arizona town. He spends most of his time dueling with Rattlesnake, an equally goofy town resident played by Jack Elam.

Twin brothers Eli and Billy, and their father, Jasper, are all played by the same man in this hilarious movie from waaaayyyy back in 1978. Eli and Billy are twins, and Eli was raised by their mother, while Billy was raised by their father. The differences in their upbringing are clear – Billy is a gunfighter who disregards the law and has turned the town his father founded into a chaotic mess filled with gunfights and lawlessness. On the other hand, Eli is a mild-mannered preacher who has taken in two orphans and makes it his own personal mission to be kind and do good to others.

What happens, then, when the twins’ father fakes his death and the two brothers meet for the first time (since their birth) in an effort to see who will win their father’s vast  inheritance?

This movie contains nothing objectionable and families will find themselves laughing at the antics of the characters.  Very young children may be frightened by the adventures Eli finds himself in during the race to win the inheritance. There is one spot (shown for laughs) where Eli is tricked into drinking whiskey (which he’s never had before). This is a great discussion point about being careful who we trust and not taking food and drink items from strangers.

I highly recommend this movie and a travel back into a time when innocent, wholesome, and funny movies were the norm and not the exception.

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Movie Monday – Clancy – 9-12-11

Penny Zeller, Christian Author



This week’s family movie is Clancy



Clancy is easily one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. While it is not for children due to the nature of the film, it is an excellent show for teens and older. Despite being abused, Clancy holds strong to her faith in the Lord and shares it with Nick, a homeless man that has agreed to take care of her after she runs away. The acting is superb and the characters realistic. Spoiler warning: it does have a sad ending. I advise watching the “alternate ending” as I believe it should have been the real ending.

As one who has worked in the past for a social services agency, this story rang true on so many levels. There are children everywhere that are forgotten and abused. There are homeless people all around us. This movie is a tearjerker, but a “must watch.” I highly recommend it.