The movie Ring the Bell started off promisingly, and even made me laugh in a few scenes. Hotshot sports agent Rob Decker, now unused to personally going on recruitment visits, makes a visit to a small town to try and persuade a high school baseball star to sign with him and his agency rather than going to play college ball. Unfortunately, as the movie continued on, it became more about the religious themes throughout than the baseball story, and I began to lose interest.
Ring The Bell shares the story of a slick, big city sports agent Rob Decker who seems to have it all. But on his latest mission to sign a high school baseball superstar, Rob becomes stranded in a small town where the simplicity of life—and the faith of the people—stand in stark contrast to his own fast-paced, win-at-all-costs mindset. Torn between these two worlds, will Rob have the courage to let faith transform his life? This heartwarming story of redemption is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.
I knew beforehand that this film would have faith-based themes throughout, so I'm not chastising it for having these; I'm just saying that I, personally, thought the beginning and end of the movie was a lot better than the middle part, and I believe that's because the middle focused more on the sports agent, Rob (Ryan Scharoun) beginning to realize his faith and connecting to that, rather than the baseball story.
I will say that I really liked the music throughout the film - it featured a real-life band, Counting Crowns, along with other Christian music artists - and the baseball scenes were well done, which isn't surprising because one of the actors in it, Casey Bond, is a former professional baseball player turned actor. Bond actually starred in the recent Moneyball, also as a baseball player, alongside Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, too.
Although I didn't particularly like the film as a whole, I think others would like it - specifically, if you enjoy faith-based films or are looking for a family-friendly movie, as the film is rated PG.
Ring the Bell is now out on DVD. 2 stars out of 5.
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