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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Take One by Karen Kingsbury

Take One is different for Kingsbury, which is a good thing. It's about Keith and Chase, two missionary friends who come back to Indiana to make a movie. They start out with a low budget, a small cast, little publicity, but a lot of faith. Once they start filming, everything imaginable starts happening. These scenes get a bit absurd because some of them happen right in a row. I think she could have cut down a little.
Keith's daughter is going to college there in Bloomington and rooming with Bailey Flanigan (what a coincidence). She is struggling with her faith that seems to limit her spectrum of fun and entertainment. So she decides to test the market a little.
Of course, Karen figures out how to work in the Baxters and the Flanigans. While still very interesting, the storyline is a bit typical especially when compared to Karen's other masterpieces.
The characters aren't as flawless as some of her others and the whole thing just doesn't live up to her standards. I would be surprised if she was fully satisfied with it.
2.5 stars

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