Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters {Movie Review & Giveaway}

When a wealthy businessman learns of his daughter’s engagement to a missionary, he embarks on a quest to keep her closer to home, but when his efforts go awry he must reconsider what it means to be a strong father. Streaming exclusively on Pure Flix!

Main Cast

  • Bart Johnson as Steve
  • Robyn Lively as Connie
    • Bart and Robyn are husband and wife in real life!
  • David Barrera as Carlos
  • Maria Canals-Barrera as Bella
    • David and Maria are husband and wife in real life!
  • Brandon Prado as Oz
  • Carrie Wampler as Abby
  • Kayla DiVenere as Zoey
  • Arden Myrin as Crystal

About

STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS is a movie inspired by the New York Times bestselling book written by teen health expert Dr. Meg Meeker. In her book, Dr. Meeker explains why girls – not just boys – need a strong father figure.

From cradling his newborn baby to walking her down the aisle, a father has the important responsibility of guiding the course of his daughter’s life. Dr. Meeker’s book tells how a father can be both counselor and protector for his daughter as she grows into a spiritually and mentally strong young woman.

The movie is based on the same theme but presents it in a more entertaining way.

In the movie, Steve Parston has dreamed of bringing his eldest daughter into his company ever since she took an interest in business when she was a little girl. So when she comes home from college, he expects her to be excited about taking the corporate job that he has waiting for her. The problem is that his daughter now has other plans.

Comments

At first I was expecting STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS to be like the Kendrick Brothers’ COURAGEOUS movie, except that it would be for girls. (That movie is mostly about fathers and sons, though part of it does stress the importance of a father’s relationship with his daughter.)

As it turns out, STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS took a completely different approach. So if you thought COURAGEOUS was kind of a heavy-handed treatment of the theme, you will be glad to know that this movie takes itself a lot less seriously while still imparting a powerful message.

The Parston family in the movie is easy to relate to with a workaholic dad, supportive mom, and three unique daughters in different phases of life (adult, teen, and pre-teen) who each present their own challenges. There are many poignant (and often humorous) scenes between Steve Parston and his daughters as he tries desperately to hold some semblance of control over their lives.

Interestingly, what Oz loves most about Abby are qualities that her father did not even recognize in her. I like how Oz’s father, Carlos, lends Steve the Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters book to read. He recommended it because it had helped him. Also, it was great that instead of wasting her MBA (as her dad thought), Abby showed him how she could apply it to mission work. It’s good to know that just like a Fortune 500 corporation, nonprofit organizations need MBAs too!

I can’t believe there wasn’t better communication between the family members, though. They could have avoided a lot of problems just by talking more! Then the dad wouldn’t have been so blindsided for one thing! And why be so hard on the dad who kept thinking of all the reasons why Abby shouldn’t go to Kenya? He had some legitimate concerns that were never even addressed.

Cautions

  • It didn’t seem ethical to me for Steve to use his daughter’s master thesis (without her permission) to pitch and land a big account at work.
  • The rebellious teen daughter breaks the rules that her parents set for social media use; she sneaks out to a party, consumes alcohol with a boy, and is about to find herself in a compromising situation.

Summary

STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS teaches important lessons about family values. Children should honor their parents, while parents should treat their children with respect and not exasperate or humiliate them. Parents must allow children to discover their own unique gifts and pursue their own path in life (and not try to live vicariously through their child). There is a time for parents to step in, and a time for them to step down.

Parenting is about being present and available to your children through all the different phases of life. Communication is key. Acknowledge when mistakes are made, make up, and strive to do better. Keep in mind that the goals, interests, and dreams children have when they’re young may change and develop into something else when they’re older.

Fathers need to be their daughter’s hero. But there comes a time when a dad has to let his daughter go and trust God with her future. Just as a man leaves his father and mother to be with his wife, so does a woman leave her father and mother to be with her husband.

Bonus Video

Here’s a video of Jean from Momentum Influencers interviewing the author of the book on which the film STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS is based:

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