I must say that I was disappointed in this film. I read the reviews, and feeling fairly certain it would be a good addition to our church library, I bought it. The top review said it was on the level of God's Not Dead 2. Nope. From the beginning, it was lame and completely unbelievable. To begin with, no Christian father that interested in his daughter's education would be shocked to learn the biology professor at a secular university was teaching evolution. Her major is biology and it has never occurred to dad this would happen?
The acting is okay, but at times, it is cringeworthy. The arguments on both sides seem rather general and over-simplistic. One argument used by the Christian college guy went like this: Your grandma and great-grandma didn’t look like apes, therefore humans didn’t evolve from monkeys. Yeah, THAT would cut it on a college level. I was disappointed that the daughter didn't seem to know what she believed. I completely agree with DonnaA--a reviewer who said, "It would have been interesting to have shown a main character who really struggled with the conflicts between her beliefs and what she was being taught; with her upbringing and the social pressures at a secular university." That would have been more believable/realistic. Instead, a dad (who has never debated before) prepares to debate his daughter's professor in what ends up as a widely publicized event.
As for the debate, it wasn't much of a debate. How could it be? Both belief systems accept certain things by faith. The film does make that clear.
The closing scene wrapped up the entire package with a too-cute bow. Christian guy takes girl to the spot where her father led her to Christ after comforting her because a boy took a coin she'd found. She has to be prodded to remember. "Oh, yeah, I do remember that," she finally says. As if her salvation experience is not up there on her list of VIP memories. Then the guy reveals he was the boy who took her coin all those years ago and he too accepted Christ that day. Groan. How perfect is that? At least she ends up with the godly guy who isn't about seducing her and making another conquest.
I thought most of the film was cheesy, but my junior high age son seemed to enjoy it. Because of that, I gave it three stars.