The Plugged In Show, Episode 114: Is Redeeming Love Too Steamy?


Poor Christian movie makers. Sometimes, their films are accused of being too sanitized, too innocent, too clean. Where’s the mess? Critical viewers might say. Where’s the realism? The Bible didn’t shy away from reality. Why should Christian movies?

And then a Christian movie comes out that gets … well, pretty real. And it can be pretty startling.

The latest example: Redeeming Love, based on a historical romance by Francine Rivers that is itself a retelling of the biblical story of Hosea and Gomer. The movie is poignant and powerful and, oh, pretty steamy, too—a PG-13 movie that misses an R-rating by just a few strands of hair.

New reviewer Kennedy Unthank launched his Plugged In career with Redeeming Love, and he has plenty to say about the film in this shiny new podcast episode.

And once we’re done talking about this Christian movie with more secular content issues, we’ll talk about a secular movie that feels strangely Christian: The King’s Daughter—a movie about a king, a daughter, a mermaid and the immortality of the soul.

And once you’re through listening to our scintillating discussion, chime in with your own thoughts on Christian movies on Facebook and Instagram. (Or chuck us an email, if you’d rather, at [email protected]). Now, take a look at links for everything we talk about.

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Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.