1 hr 33 min
Adopted from a Russian orphanage only to be assaulted by her American father, Kelsey’s early childhood was a nightmare. Now 8 years old and finally in a trustworthy family, she struggles to cope with a permanent disability—and dreams of being a ballerina. Will an unlikely friendship with a troubled teenager bring the healing she desperately needs?
More Than Chance
Dove "Family-Approved" - Recommended for ages 12 and over.
This is a gripping and powerful drama based on real-life events and even features the real-life Kelsey Minick playing Kelsey Mihalec, the young girl from the Ukraine who is adopted by American parents. Her new father is edgy and when he stays with the young child one day as Mom goes off to work the noise she makes causes him to become unglued and he shakes her violently, so violently that young Kelsey is paralyzed. The rest of the story is about the new adoptive parents she gained, Paul and Carol, and how that Kelsey inspires those around her including a teen girl named Melissa, who has an attitude and has been in trouble ever since her father died suddenly in an accident. Yet Kelsey's optimism and faith in God moves her as well. This is a compelling story about child abuse and adoption and growing in one's spiritual life. This is, in addition, a powerful story of God's redemption and mercy and we highly recommend it for ages twelve plus, due to its sophisticated and mature theme. As parents consult our content listing below, they may feel comfortable with their mature children under the age of twelve viewing this DVD. It is remarkable and inspiring! It includes themes of loyalty, God's mercy, and changing what needs to be changed in our lives. This movie will challenge those who don't believe in miracles to reconsider the matter!
Violence: Although not graphic, the viewer can tell a father shakes his daughter and soon her legs are seen not moving; a girl basketball player aggressively bumps a girl from the other team before the game.
Drugs: A man drinks at a bar.
Other: The issues of child abuse and adoption are explored; an abusive man is convicted and sent to prison; the topic of death and grief are explored; a girl shows disrespect to her mother but changes by film's end; church service and baptism seen; talk of praying for God's guidance.
- Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
- Source: Video
- Writer: Debra Johanyak
- Director: Debra Johanyak
- Producer: Mogadore Films & Debra Johanyak
- Review provided courtesy of The Dove Foundation.