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It is at this point where the viewers see what may be the best father-son reunion in film history: a humbled Jake hitchhikes home penniless, only to be spotted by his father who saw him from ‘a long way off’ and runs to his son, embracing him and showing him total forgiveness and overwhelming love. Jake reunites with his family, determined to make a new start at Abraham Farms.  Of course, his big ‘good’ brother is not delighted to see everyone on the farm bestowing praises and love upon the once wayward son; but after a heart-to-heart talk from his loving father, even Seth joins the party–with a newfound sense of humor.

Jake returns to rekindle a relationship with Summer, who is delighted to see the new Jake; and instead of buying the most expensive drinks in the coffee shop, he orders plain coffee.


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With superb cinematography and a plot that keeps building and drawing in the viewer progressively, “A Long Way Off” is only missing one two things: 1) It has no bad words in it–not even a ‘darn'; and 2) No one is falling out of their clothing– not a single scene showing any cleavage. Even in the scenes where Jake hits bottom, the scenes end just before any lips lock. Yet, it is unlikely anyone watching the film will even notice any of that was missing since the story is so well told that there was no need for Hollywood smut to ‘enhance’ the scenes.

Directed by John Errington and produced by Michael Davis and overseen by Executive Producers Jerry & Christy McGlothlin, this film features Dove Award-winning singer-songwriter Christa Wells (who wrote the hit ‘Held’ for Natalie Grant).

Applause, applause to the makers of “A Long Way Off.” If we see more films like this, the redemption of Hollywood may not be quite so far off as we might think.

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