Mysterious Ways (2015)

DVD Release: April 21, 2015
Mysterious Ways (2015)


The day a hit-and-run driver took the life of her little boy, Marilyn (Wendy Raquel Robinson) died inside. Not even the passing of time, the love of a good man or a job as choir director at her church could bring her peace. But a chance encounter with a mysterious homeless man who calls himself Mozart (Gary Dourdan), will change Marilyn’s world and let her see that there are no accidents, and true healing starts with forgiveness.

Dove Review

“To err is human, to forgive divine,” and that is the focus of “Mysterious Ways.” Marilyn (Wendy Raquel Robinson) is not the same person she used to be, not since the day her boy Cody died at the hand of a hit-and-run driver. Marilyn is the choir director at church; she is short with people and not open to new ideas. She has a certain song in mind for the arrival of the new pastor Jamison Brown, and she refuses to consider a young man’s suggestion for a different song. She is obviously bitter and her old friend Irma, wonderfully played by Telma Hopkins, is the only one who can reel her back in to being just a little tolerable.

Marilyn’s boyfriend, Roland, wants to marry her but she won’t consider it because she is still struggling with bitter feelings about her son’s death. Then Marilyn hits a man who has been drinking and wanders into the street and he is injured, but not seriously. She offers to help him and learns his name is Mozart. Mozart comes to the church and there is something about him that lets the audience know there is more to him than meets the eye. He shares wisdom like, “Easy and life are rarely found in the same sentence.” Mozart has one of the best lines of the movie when, referring to Marilyn hitting him with her car, he says that he is “your humble hood ornament.”

This movie features the powerful theme of forgiveness and moving forward in life. It is not an easy journey for Marilyn, who momentarily lights up a cigarette after quitting for a year, due to the stress and anxiety she feels. Yet the movie offers a satisfying conclusion and a surprise or two along the way. Gary Dourdan is excellent as Mozart, and we learn more about him and how he got his name. We are happy to award this film our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages twelve plus. It demonstrates very nicely that, with God’s help, forgiveness is possible.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing by a couple.
Language: G/OMG-12; "Jesus" is uttered as a cry to God when a woman is suddenly frightened; H-2; Woman says she hopes whoever killed her son "burns in H" (says this in prayer a few times); H (as a place)-4; Man says, "I'm going to H;" D-2; B-1; Floozy-2.
Violence: We know that a boy was killed by a hit-and-run driver although no graphic scene is shown; man is hit by a woman while driving but he is only slightly injured; woman injures the man who killed her son by shooting him in the side and there is a little blood seen but he survives.
Drugs: Woman momentarily swallows pills in a suicide attempt but spits them out; woman lights a cigarette but then puts it right out; woman says she lost her husband to "sex and drugs."
Nudity: Mild cleavage in a couple of scenes; shirtless man.
Other: Woman is bitter about her son's death and though she wants the person responsible to "burn in H," she winds up learning who did it and forgiving him; tension and disagreements between characters; woman almost attempts suicide but doesn't; man bitterly says the Lord doesn't work in mysterious ways, that He doesn't work and He lets us suffer, but he becomes a Christian by film's end.


Company: RLJ Entertainment
Director: Dan Garcia
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 79 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter