A Long Way Off

Theatrical Release: June 6, 2014
DVD Release: August 19, 2014
A Long Way Off


Limited Theatrical Release – Retelling the timeless parable of a father’s unconditional love, tempestuous young Jake tries to escape the duties of the family business by leaving his home and taking his dreams to the big city. Far from the wise words of his father, Abraham, Jake is finally free to live the high life that he’s always wanted, trading the traditional values of his upbringing to revel in every temptation that money can buy. Just when Jake thinks the world is his playground and every day offers another enticing opportunity, he must come face to face with the consequences of the life he’s chosen. Jake must learn that sometimes it takes losing everything to realize/appreciate what he left behind, and if his mistakes can ever outweigh the grace of a father’s forgiveness.

Dove Review

This movie is a modern telling of the Prodigal Son story and is about a father who never gives up on his son. Jake never appreciated his father’s sacrifices until he falls into bad times after he loses his inheritance on wasteful spending and on a fly-by-night company. Just as in the Biblical story Jake’s brother is jealous when the father accepts his prodigal son’s return with open arms.

The movie features a theme of forgiveness and the fact that a man can change. The prodigal even gets a kiss from his father, clothes, shoes, a ring on his finger, and a party, just as in the Biblical story. We are happy to award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus due to several drinking scenes. Here is a Biblical story for modern audiences.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing between a couple; woman drapes leg over man but nothing happens.
Language: None
Violence: One man shoves another man; a fight in which a man is beat up.
Drugs: Drinking almost throughout the film; champagne and wine and strong drinks; nightclub and bar scenes; parties but the man mostly involved changes.
Nudity: Short skirt with woman's thigh being shown.
Other: Tension between brothers; son wants inheritance from father; tattoo on woman's arm.


Company: Word Films
Writer: John Macy
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 94 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter