When it comes to finding wholesome family entertainment on network television, there are so few family-friendly options that when one comes along, I’m eager to support it. Thanks to a joint effort between Wal-Mart and Proctor and Gamble, Secrets of the Mountain, a made for TV movie, will air on NBC tonight (8 PM EDT).
Taking a page out of Hallmark Hall of Fame and the days of the Wonderful World of Disney Sunday night films, executives with both corporations have committed to helping fund “family-friendly” entertainment. I’d like to applaud and commend their efforts.
Here is how NBC summed up the plot of the movie:
Somewhere between the demands of her career, her ex’s wedding and her kids’ busy schedules, Dana James (Paige Turco, The Agency) is noticing her tight-knit family starting to unravel. An unexpected offer to purchase her family’s mountain property sets up a weekend road trip, which she hopes will bring her family back together. But when they arrive, they quickly learn that the mountain is much more than it seems. An ancient secret and a treacherous quest will test the family like never before. It’s an edge-of-the seat thriller that reminds us that when times are tough, families don’t run away from problems—they run back to each other.
Our reviewers here at Focus on the Family were impressed:
“. . . call Secrets of the Mountain a test of will or even a clash of cultures. It’s the skeptics against the optimists. Busy schedules against a few hours of family time at home. Walmart and P&G against the trend of piling all your advertising dollars in the slimiest pools of programming. Who knows, maybe there’s more treasure buried in this mountain than the James family realizes.”
To read the full PluggedIn review, click HERE. In addition to their review, you’ll find a link to downloadable discussion guide to use with the family after you’ve watched the movie. Have a wonderful weekend!
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