THE ENGAGEMENT PLOT is refreshing in its contrast between the worlds of big business, social media and reality TV with the real world of two people. The writing is sometimes haphazard, and the two protagonists are the only remarkable performances. However, their energy and authenticity keep the viewer interested. The film has a Christian worldview emphasizing truth and redemption. The main actress talks about God and her faith several times. THE ENGAGEMENT PLOT warrants caution for young children.
Dominant worldview and other worldview content/elements:
A strong and positive Christian, biblical and moral worldview where the female lead displays genuine Christian faith and lives and acts from this framework, and there are strong morally uplifting and redemptive themes
a spoken use of OMG, the same used in text messages, and a use of a British vulgarity
No violence, but there is a scene with two characters screaming
No sex scenes, but there are some light sexual banter between the bachelor and the contestants, and some passionate kissing
Alcohol consumption :
No alcohol consumption
Smoking and/or drug use and abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
Some lies and deceit that are well resolved.
THE ENGAGEMENT PLOT is a romantic and ironic reality check. The film is a romantic drama on UPtv about a man and a woman who find love on a Batchelor-like TV program, but complications arise when the TV studio pressures the man to he chooses another competitor. The writing in THE ENGAGEMENT PLOT is haphazard, but both tracks provide enough energy to keep the viewer interested, and the film has a strong Christian and moral worldview emphasizing God, faith, truth, redemption, honesty and true love.
Will Preston, founder of a successful cosmetics company, reluctantly agrees to do a Bachelor promotional TV series, THE PRICE OF LOVE, to boost his company’s sales. In the process, he meets Hanna, a very real and intriguing young woman, with whom he begins to fall in love.
When pressure from the TV studio convinces Will to reject Hanna in favor of another contestant, his poor selection of a single girl ironically causes a social media backlash in favor of Hanna, hurting sales far more than if Preston didn’t. had ever promoted. Preston’s company then crafts the main plot of convincing the world that Will and Hanna have reunited and are happily engaged.
Having alienated the only woman he truly loved and who truly loved him, can Will make amends to Hanna, turn fantasy into reality, and make their fairy tale a reality?
THE ENGAGEMENT PLOT is refreshing in its contrast between the worlds of big business, social media and reality TV with the real world of two very real people, both of whom were hesitant to participate in the matchmaking reality TV series. It is this clear contrast that cements the viewer’s bond with these characters. They are truly relatable due to their grounding in reality. The film does have a few dry spots, however. For example, the writing is sometimes hit or miss, and the tracks are really the only two standout performances. However, the vibrancy and authenticity of the leading lady and gentleman maintains interest throughout the duration of the story. The only hole in THE ENGAGEMENT PLOT is that the ever-real protagonists temporarily abandon their authenticity in the false plot of the story. Will does this out of a desire to save his business, and Hanna does this out of a compassionate desire to help her father out of financial disaster.
THE ENGAGEMENT PLOT presents a fairly open Christian worldview. For example, the female lead talks about God and her faith several times and wears a cross throughout the story. She also exercises ethical discretion even when engaged in the bogus plot, such as when she refuses to stay with Will in his apartment while playing his role. When Will asked her how she would define “true love” when they first met on THE PRICE OF LOVE, Hannah quotes her mother as saying, “True love is what makes us real.” Although somewhat theologically vague, in the context of the film it is clear that the true reality of love is very different from the version presented in a reality TV series like THE PRICE OF LOVE, which seeks to quantify the qualitative virtue of “love” by reducing it to “what makes television ratings”. Again, ironically, it’s Will and Hanna’s true love that ends up turning the facade of a romantic reality TV series into a situation where two real people find true love in the biblical sense.
This is a reality check on at least two dimensions. First, only by defying THE PRICE OF LOVE’s definition of love can the two find true love. Second, only by telling the truth and admitting their wrongdoings in their involvement in THE ENGAGEMENT PLOT can Will and Hanna realize their true romantic relationship. Only by “speaking the truth in love” biblically can love truly be true love. Minor negative elements such as sexual banter between Will and other contestants and a rare mild profanity aren’t enough to spoil the film’s overall positive message.
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