Top critical review
July 10, 2013
This film has a simple, yet heart-felt message:just be enthusiastic about what you believe in and others will be drawn to you and your message. The story revolves around how one LDS missionary, who has only 5 weeks left to go, no baptisms, no supportive LDS family, and feels compelled to do everything by the rules, discovers that he is worth something without the rules. He and a new partner is moved to an area that has been closed for a number of years, so the missionary house they move into has been vacant. (You can tell I'm not LDS - I don't know the lingo.) When they explore the house, they find a journal in the basement that tells them if they follow the clues, they will find a great treasure. Since they have a day off, the other two housemates and the main guy's partner convince him to go on a treasure hunt. They meet up with two sisters and the six of them go hunting. The movie follows the six LDS missionaries as they decipher and follow the clues to the treasure. The hunt brings them all closer together.
I gave the film a 3, because it has a limited audience. I think you need to be LDS to really appreciate the characters' life journeys and identify with their struggles. It was homy and heart-felt; it did not have great acting or a great plot and certainly no great sub-plots; but it was straight forward and good. The people were good people trying to do their best. It dealt with the struggles to accept people different than yourself, empathy, and looking for the best in yourself and others. It was positive and upbeat. Nice Monday home-evening family movie.