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Overcomer



Directed By Alex Kendrick

Writers Alex Kendrick And Stephen Kendrick

Producers Stephen Kendrick, Aaron Burns And Justin Tolley

Executive Producer Shannon Kendrick

Cast Alex Kendrick (War Room), Shari Rigby (Wildflower), Priscilla Shirer (I Can Only Imagine), Cameron Arnett (Meet The Browns)
And Introducing
Aryn Wright-Thompson
And Denise Armstrong

Overcomer Movie Synopsis

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news.

When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team.



Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.

This inspiring family film dares to leave you filled with hope and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Review Courtesy Dove.org

The Kendrick brothers have done it again, and the latest in a series of films by them is a winner! Joining the ranks of Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous and others, Overcomer is aptly titled, giving us an unlikely hero in Hannah Scott (Aryn Wright-Thompson), a teen girl with a troubled past but who can run—and run fast. She lives with her grandmother, steals items like headphones and cell phones, and is unhappy. But she is about to meet Coach John Harrison (Alex Kendrick), and her world is about to change forever.

When Harrison’s high school basketball stars move away, he is left with no team to coach. But Principal Olivia Brooks (Priscilla C. Shirer) asks him to coach the cross-country team, and he reluctantly agrees. There is one problem, and it’s a bummer: he only has one runner on the team, Hannah. Hannah has an obstacle though—she has asthma. Hannah never knew her father, who left years ago, and, according to Hannah’s grandmother, he was a drug addict and no good. But he was a fast runner, and Hannah inherited his runner’s genes. She thinks her father is dead, but in a twist of fate Coach Harrison visits a man in the hospital and learns he is Hannah’s father—diabetic and blind, but very much alive.

Coach Harrison and his wife Amy (Shari Rigby) are faced with a dilemma: do they tell Hannah her father isn’t dead as her grandmother told her? Harrison and Amy are both Christians, and their influence begins to rub off on Hannah. When Hannah’s dad learns she is near and a runner like he was, he longs to see her.

This movie contains all the mixtures that make a movie great—solid acting, a good story, drama, and some dashes of humor thrown in. When Harrison first takes on coaching the cross-country team, he decides to run to prove to his wife it isn’t such a big deal. At the end of his run he is lying on the ground, out of breath, in pain, and asking, “Why does anyone want to do this?” It’s a delicious and funny moment in the movie.

When a movie is very good, we will see growth in the characters, and Hannah’s character, without giving all away, undergoes some major changes for the better. The film features moments that will make you tear up, laugh, and even applaud.

A big race near the conclusion of the movie will have you cheering! And Hannah’s father plays a role in a way that is both surprising and uplifting. The movie contains a strong message of forgiving others and the theme of how we see our identity in this life. This wonderful film has earned our Dove Seal for Ages 12+.

The Dove Take This movie will make you laugh, cry, and burn with hope! You have to see this one!

Content Description

Faith: This film has a strong faith message from the Bible.

Integrity: Several characters do the right thing; a few that didn't change by film's end

Sex: We learn a girl was born out of wedlock.

Language: None

Violence: None

Drugs: None

Nudity: None

Other: Tension between characters; a woman tells off a couple; a girl steals from others but she has a change of heart and returns the items; death and grief