Pendulum Swings

DVD Release: April 12, 2013
Pendulum Swings


PENDULUM SWINGS follows a man into a dark place in his life; a place at which he arrives through a combination of bad decisions, and forces beyond his control. When he
finally hits bottom, he is presented with an opportunity to climb out of his despair with a helping hand from a small number of people who could have chosen to judge him or write him off. Instead, they choose to offer compassion and grace. For our desperate character, the decision is ultimately his own. When the pendulum does swing back, his new life presents a whole new set of challenges and choices.

Dove Review

What a realistic and stark movie which yet offers hope! The title is played out in the film as Dale Jennings, a Christian, attempts to take his daughters to church regularly and live a Christian life despite the fact his wife, Maria, goes out drinking several nights a week with her girlfriends, leaving the kids at home with Dale and coming home in the wee hours of the morning. The pendulum swings in a bad direction for Dale when Maria insists he move out and he is served with divorce papers. He loses his job as a filmmaker and winds up about as low as possible when he borrows money from a loan shark and is evicted from his home. Still, a Christian friend reminds him that the pendulum can swing the other way again and life could be good again.

This dramatic film focuses on Dale’s struggles and his backsliding from his Christian faith but eventually he is reminded that Jesus said, “Come” to all those who labor and are heavy laden with burdens and care. As he surrenders once again to God the pendulum begins to swing his way again and against Maria who is trapped in an unscrupulous situation.

This movie features themes of mercy and grace and the hope for renewal when life is difficult. It features some nice performances from Adam Melton as Dale, Vanessa Ore as Maria, and Dave Blamy as Pastor Barry. We are pleased to award this film our “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus. See this one soon. You will certainly relate to at least some of the difficulties the characters endure.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A married woman starts a divorce and has an affair with one of her husband's friends; a single woman gives a married man her phone number but he tosses it in the trash.
Language: Crap-1; Crappy-1
Violence: People are shot and a man is beaten up and blood is seen but then we learn there is more to the scene than meets the eye; a man throws a stick at a truck as another man repossess his vehicle; a man fantasizes grabbing woman by the throat; a landlord grabs a man to throw him out of trailer; a man's hand is cut by bad guys; a man holds a gun on man as he attempts a carjacking; police tackle a man who has a baseball bat and is running toward a man who is having an affair with his wife; a man throws things in his house out of anger.
Drugs: Woman drinks and goes to bars regularly; woman has hangover; people drinking at bar; wine; man begins to drink heavily including beer and whiskey; a man drives drunk and has an accident.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless man.
Other: A man borrows money from a loan shark; a daughter cries over her parents' break-up; man pulled over for speeding; a man vomits in the toilet; man is arrested and put in jail; a girl is tragically killed after her father drives while drinking; a funeral and grief; a backslidden Christian says that he and God are not exactly on good terms; a company makes a shady deal.


Company: Tri-Rahn Pictures, LLC
Director: Bill Rahn
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 132 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter