The Woodcarver

DVD Release: March 6, 2012
The Woodcarver


Matthew is a troubled boy from a broken home. When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, Matthew has to repair the damage to the church to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest (John Ratzenberger), an accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork decoration that Matthew destroyed. Now Ernest and Matthew must work together to preserve the church’s beautiful antiquity, and along the way, they also manage to restore their faith in God and in life.

Dove Review

This is an awesome DVD and a great family story. John Ratzenberger is terrific as a wood carver named Ernest Otto who misses his wife, who recently died from cancer. However, he finds a young man to help mold and guide, Matthew Stevenson (Dakota Daulby).

Matt’s father and mother are divorcing and they become angry with each other every time they see each other. Matt’s father, Jack, takes his stress out on Matt by constantly getting on his case. His mother Rita cannot control her temper when she gets around Jack. Matt gets into trouble at the beginning of the movie, vandalizing a church, but he likes Mr. Otto and as he works with him, Mr. Otto gets him to open up about how his parent’s relationship changed when his dad stopped attending church, and how their divorce is tearing Matt up. However, when Mr. Otto gets Matt to think in terms of “What would Jesus do?” his life begins to change in amazing ways.

This is an incredible movie, filled with wonderful themes of faith and forgiveness and it promotes the idea that change is possible when people simply follow God. We are more than pleased to award the film five Doves, our best rating.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: OMG-1
Violence: A teen breaks church windows; teen sprays graffiti on church wall; tensions between a divorcing couple; a man is angry with another man for doing some work for the church that he wants his company to do; a fire is purposely started at a man's home and some wood is destroyed; a chisel slips from a young man's hand and a man is wounded in the leg but is okay.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: A man grieves for his wife and is bitter at first but accepts it; it's mentioned a man's son died in the army; a young man thinks about getting a tattoo but doesn't; a discussion about the relevance of the Bible in today's world; a man is arrested for starting a fire.


Company: Gaiam/Vivendi
Director: Terry Ingram
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter