In-Lawfully Yours

DVD Release: September 6, 2016
In-Lawfully Yours


In-Lawfully Yours is a romantic comedy about Jesse (30), a fun-loving New York City girl, who, after her husband Chaz cheats on and divorces her, still graciously helps her recently widowed mother-in-law, Naomi, pack up her home in small-town Bethel Cove. But Jesse’s candid wit, eccentric questions, and big city ways clash with the local community. When Jesse butts heads with the town pastor, Ben, who also happens to be her ex-husband’s brother-in-law, the unlikely duo discover what they are looking for: each other. But when Jesse and Ben make their relationship public, Jesse’s ex-husband rallies the community against her and gets Ben fired from the church. Jesse leaves Bethel Cove to bring peace to Ben’s situation and to hopefully find a place where she truly belongs, in spite of the fact that she cant stop thinking of Ben.

Dove Review

“In-Lawfully Yours” is an off-beat but funny romantic comedy about a young woman named Jesse (Chelsey Crisp), who influences the widower-pastor of Bethel Cove after she is divorced from her cheating husband, Chaz. She moves in with her ex-mother-in-law, Naomi (Marilu Henner), and meets Naomi’s ex son-in-law, who was married to her daughter until her daughter passed away. Her son-in-law, Ben (Joe Williamson), a pastor, becomes enchanted with Jesse, who is upfront, eccentric, and funny. She is also curious about God and interrupts Pastor Ben’s sermons to ask questions about God and the Bible. Her unorthodox ways begin to win over people in the church, although some of them get their feathers ruffled. The church begins to grow, too.

When her ex, Chaz, has the opportunity to make some big money by selling his mother Naomi’s home, he pushes to get his mom out of there. Everything comes to a head, but when Jesse seeks the Lord by staying all night in church, circumstances finally begin to fall into place. Jesse will amuse the viewer as she pronounces Job from the Bible like a “job” you work at and when she almost “makes change” when the offering plate is passed. Her charm not only wins over Pastor Ben, who is finally ready to move on since his wife died, but even the critical women of the church. Corbin Bernsen gives a good performance as a priest who is helpful to Jesse at church.

We are enthusiastic about awarding “In-Lawfully Yours” our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12-plus. Like Jesse, it is just a bit rough around the edges but has a heart of gold and promotes God as the one people should seek.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Couple kisses; woman kisses man briefly on neck; a woman catches her husband in bed with another woman in a hotel, but the scene is not graphic and not condoned, and they divorce and she finds God; man ogles woman; a pastor buys a movie ticket for a woman who jokingly says, "Don't think I'm sleeping with you because you bought me a movie ticket."
Language: None
Violence: Pastor and man get into a food fight and then a punch is thrown in a diner; woman kicks cardboard standee of her cheating husband's photo.
Drugs: A tequila comment.
Nudity: Shirtless man; woman wearing a man's shirt; mild cleavage.
Other: Death and grief; tension between characters; an angry waitress puts cream, still in its package, in a woman's coffee and later puts spices in it, but she eventually apologizes.; a pastor whose wife died despite his prayers says he doesn't ask for anything for himself anymore but does pray for others; a man tries to cause problems for a pastor and claims that he is still married to the woman the pastor is dating, but really she signed the divorce papers; a woman looks at statue of Jesus in church and asks what He has against her, but later she states, "With God, I'm never alone. I know that now."


Company: Home Theater Films
Director: Rob Kirbyson
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 85 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter