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PTL

“Pass the Light” revolves around Steve Bellafiore (played by Cameron Palatas), a high school senior who takes issue with a local politician’s political campaign, using Christian beliefs as an excuse to instill hate and belittle those who do not agree with him. Steve thinks Christ would follow a more loving road, and Steve hopes to debate the politician, Frank Baumann (played by Jon Gries), on this very issue. Thus begins Steve’s campaign for congress, albeit unrealistic given his age is seven years short of the required 25. But along the way he is able to stir up his fellow classmates in this campaign to live life under love and not hate – a worthwhile endeavor indeed.


“Pass the Light” is a well-directed and acted movie with a great message, wonderful production values, and a nice, polished look to it. Directed by Malcolm J. Goodwin, the movie moves along at a crisp pace, and the attention given to the acting is spot on. Cameron Palatas does an exceptional job as young Steve, the anchor – it seems – for his family as well as his high school’s student body. His out-of-work father is played by Colby French, and the range of emotion he has to display is wide ranging, and the subtleness he dedicates to each is rich. Steve’s mother Anne is played by Milena Govich, and she, too, hits her mark consistently. The rest of the cast is made up mostly of young actors in high school roles, and director Goodwin helms this young cast exceptionally well. Other than Cameron, stand outs include Alexandria DeBerry as the popular girl, and Dalpre Grayer as the friend and sidekick. A good, strong young cast.
The biggest downfall of “Pass the Light” is the story itself, and not so much the story arc and character development, but the plausibility of the story. You have to enter in with a high level of suspension of disbelief; otherwise you will be distracted. Beside the fact that the law requires a candidate be 25 (the movie actually plays this concern off fairly well), there are other factors that are hard to swallow: some of the characters are harsh stereotypes, and the mass movement by the entire student body is challenging, but if the viewer allows these discrepancies and just sits back and the enjoys the ride, “Pass the Light” will draw you in well enough to spend a couple of pleasurable hours exploring this message of hope. “Pass the Light” of this message.

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