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Mercy Rule is a baseball adventure for the whole family, starring Kirk Cameron and his wife, Chelsea. Parents and kids alike will be inspired by the story of the Miller family as they learn life’s lessons of mercy, patience, sacrifice, legacy and trusting God. Co-starring ... Read More

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Mercy Rule is a baseball adventure for the whole family, starring Kirk Cameron and his wife, Chelsea. Parents and kids alike will be inspired by the story of the Miller family as they learn life’s lessons of mercy, patience, sacrifice, legacy and trusting God. Co-starring Bas Rutten and comedian Tim Hawkins and written by bestselling author N.D. Wilson, Mercy Rule will teach your family what it means to be a "No Quit Family." The DVD also includes a family study guide for further discussion of the important messages in Mercy Rule.

Download a free PDF version of the Mercy Rule Study Guide now!

"Our family is always on the lookout for an exciting new movie to watch together on 'movie night.' We look for something fun and inspiring, something that builds our faith in God and our strength as a family. But instead of waiting for a great new movie, we made one! Mercy Rule is one the most exciting movies we have ever been a part of and we are so excited to share it with you." - Kirk and Chelsea Cameron

Product Details:
Run Time: 117 Minutes
Not Rated
Released: 02/14/2014
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Video
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: Feb 14, 2014
  • UPC: 748252659125
  • Volumes/Discs: 0

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Christian audience by David on 5/4/2015

I'm sorry to say this, but some of you guys are displaying a disheartening lack of imagination. While this movie had deficiencies (the first twenty minutes had basically nothing going on and the overuse of slow motion and attempts at flashiness just distracted from the story), lack of Christianity was not one of them.

Not all decent films - even Christ-honoring ones - need to be explicitly evangelistic. In fact, if your real goal is evangelism it is actually counterproductive for all films to be as evangelistic as something like Courageous, because only a small handful of people are ready to be "closed" in such a fashion. For many others, explicit evangelism will be a huge turnoff and a barrier to them finding Christ. People are on various parts of the spectrum in terms of their relationship with God. Some are very far, others are closer but not quite there yet. We need a RANGE of movies to deal with people, not only one single type. Some should aim to simply put a "stone in one's shoe"... not too evangelistic to make those far from Christ throw up walls, but decent enough to present a certain worldview that perhaps makes people think about life and how it should be lived. Others are ready to be "closed" in an evangelistic sense with such scenes as you find in Fireproof and Courageous, and some are somewhere in the middle.

We need films on ALL parts of this spectrum to be truly effective as Christian communicators. We need to meet people where they are, as Paul did in his own ministry - he "was Jew to the Jews and Gentile to Gentiles", he reasoned from the Scriptures to those who held the Scripture as authoritative but did not do so to others, rather using reason and cultural norms germane to the culture at hand to those that did not care about Scripture (his sermon on Mars Hill). God himself also could have presented Jesus to everybody right off the bat, but He did not! He prepared the way for thousands of years before the world was ready for Jesus. God Himself saw that people take preparation before they are ready to be "closed" on the deal of salvation. If such strategies are good enough for God and for Paul they are certainly good enough for Christian filmmakers.

But it does not help when our own audience berates us into only making one narrow kind of film, and accuses people like Kirk Cameron of being unfaithful when he makes something other than the same old thing! You guys need to open up your thinking here or Christian filmmakers and their films simply have no chance to communicate on a mass level. Christian films need to meet people where they are, and thus need to come in all kinds of forms. I'm very happy there are movies like Courageous. But we need many more movies that point in the direction of truth without being another Courageous clone. Not all movies that are worthwhile need to have overtly evangelistic themes. All truth is God's truth, and it doesn't have to all be presented in the same narrow fashion with every single film. By demanding that they are, you, as the core audience, are straightjacketing Christian content creators into only preaching to the choir again and again and again. I'll take Paul's adaptive way over that way any day of the week.

Out of the Park by Sondra on 1/22/2015

We purchased this DVD for "family movie night" and it did not disappoint. The story is cleverly written. It follows both father & son as they battle with pride, anger, courage, and a host of other obstacles. It tested their faith. The movie does not overtly preach Gospel. The family is seen praying and you can infer faith is a big part of their life. What I enjoyed so much about the movie is how you could sit with your children and explain how the father or the son was not handling situations right. It teaches some great lessons in parenting as well as faith, without using a church or Biblical scripture to make the points. For people of faith, the lessons learned in their journey is clear. Again, also cleverly developed throughout the plot.

disappointed by Tennille on 12/26/2014

My family and I always gift each other movies on Christmas so that we can spend the afternoon snuggled up watching movies. I purchased "Mercy Rule" with the impression that I was purchasing a Christian movie that was full of Christian values. I was looking for something that would be spiritually encouraging and uplifting. This movie lacked the Christian views and examples I expected. In the plot the father/business owner faced a pretty big battle and had to make some pretty big decisions. Not once did this man cry out to God to help him in his time of need. We cannot do anything on our own, but it is in God that we find our strength and guidance. Since this movie is only for purchase at Family Christian I expected there to be a lot more focus on a Christian walk and lifestyle. If I buy a movie from a Christian bookstore, I expect it to have Christ as its center. I was looking for something more along the lines of "Facing the Giants". Besides this movie lacking what I expected the story dragged along and there were holes in the plot. All in all I was disappointed.

Mercy Rule, Mixed Feelings as a whole... by Laura on 11/4/2014

I was very pleased with the aspect of this movie based on Kirk's disclaimer right at the beginning, that this was something his family did, because they couldn't find something to watch as a family.
While I agree, that it is a basically clean movie, the references to smoking and alcohol would be something I would have to explain to the littles of our crew. The older crew would get it, and understand that talking about it and doing it are two totally different things,
That being said, I LOVED the character of Pops even though he was not visible, he was a very important character of the movie. I have taken some of the things he said and actually journaled them! Pretty awesome insight.
This movie was not a movie to bring people to Jesus, it was a movie made for a clean activity for a family and this fits that guideline except for the two things I mentioned.
The story line presents a family in need of reevaluating their own morals and ethics after Satan has attacked them in different ways. Their ways of handling things are so structured, almost exactly alike, it would have been neat to seen two different points of view, but that may have been confusing in a 90 minute movie also.
The DVD also includes a small question and answer booklet and that was great seeing the "behind the thoughts of the making of the movie"
So for me and my family, based on the fact that it was made for a "clean entertainment" I was pleased with this movie and will show it to the older crew of my bunch. Thank you again for your faithfulness to family

THIS MOVIE IS A HOMERUN! by Barbette on 8/26/2014

Mercy Rule is a movie in a class all its own. If you start watching this movie with preconceived notions about it, based on the characters playing in it, you will find yourself a little lost at first.
The movie does begin a little like a documentary, but as you listen to the narration you are assured that the ground is being laid for an amazing story line.
I found this movie both refreshing and challenging at the same time. I love that the parents aren't the only ones going through a struggle in this movie. Cody is learning some hard "life lessons" as well through the non-traditional methods of his baseball coach.
This movie encourages a person to: be a good "sport", take responsibility for your actions, to be courageous, to love and support your family through hard times, to stand up for what you believe in, and most of all to build a strong Godly legacy in your family.
The addition of the Family Discussion Questions and Study Guide was perfect. This was helpful in going back and discussing things with my kids after watching.
In my opinion this movie is a homerun. It is clean, humorous, and full of Godly principles for not just getting through life.....but living life well!

Great movie for family night! by Jennifer on 8/26/2014

Our family gathered together, with homemade pizza, and enjoyed watching this movie for our Friday Night Family Night! It was good clean fun that we all enjoyed! Kirk Cameron is one of our favorites and he was great in this role. Chelsea was great as well. I love how she was so supportive of him during the hard times, it was a great example of how a husband and wife should be, as well as demonstrating Christ's love for us. Tim Hawkins was hilarious as always and the coach kept us laughing too! The value of family was certainly strong in this movie. Our boys really enjoyed the baseball aspect of the movie as well. It really showed them how to persevere and not give up when they have a goal. We recently took a trip and they enjoyed watching it again in the car.
This movie had great underlining values, but I was surprised the gospel was not presented more. However, we are very pleased to have a good, clean movie that our children can watch with no reservations!
Highly recommend adding this to your dvd library!

Slow and hard to get into... by James on 8/23/2014

I have grown up with Kirk Cameron. Mercy Rule has to be the slowest movie I have seen him in. I would say the coach had the best role in the movie. The daughter was hilarious also. It took forever to get to the main point of the movie which was how to stay strong in the storms of life. I would how ever recommend people to watch at least once. It shows how to have good teamwork, and to treat your teammates respectfully. All in all it was good, just way to slow. I would liked to have seen Tim Hawkins have a bigger role and more funny lines in the movie as well.

I liked it! by Amber on 8/18/2014

I usually find most Christian movies cheesy but this one was well filmed and the dialogue wasn't overtly beating you over the head with a bible. Family values came across clearly in the film. One of my favorite scenes is when Kirk Cameron's character tells his wife he's ruined everything and then she went on to imply adultery and he said of course not and she said then you haven't ruined everything. How powerful is that. That is Christian values. Family first, loving one another well , and remember what is important. All in all a good family film with a good lesson.

Great start to promoting family! by Karan on 6/17/2014

Some people are very critical of this movie, it does reference a struggle with sin (smoking, and reacting in anger)...and very small children may not understand it right away. But you should always be talking with your kids about what's going on and what a great and safe way to talk about how we struggle with temptation. (And overcome it through the power of the Holy Spirit!) it wasn't a perfect movie, but christian movies have come a LONG way! This movie was a little slow but overall a great movie! And the message of strong family relationships (established on a foundation of God) is unheard of these day. The baseball message was good- learning to build others up, being a team player instead of focusing on your own glory ext. I personally would have enjoyed a little more comedy...but that's just me. Great job Mercy Rule!!

Really wished I could like it by DE Mom2 on 4/25/2014

I really wanted to like it. I like Kirk Cameron. I like the idea of family friendly movies. (I don't like baseball, but I figured I'd give it a shot for Kirk.). But it's really, really terrible.

Dialogue is ...lame. Part of it is documentary-ish. Part is sappy conversations that seem disconnected.

Over 1/2 of it plays in slow motion. Entire scenes! It felt long enough without that! Even my 10 year old started mocking the slow-mo partway through. Slow motion has its place, but not during a scene where they're making pancakes, for goodness sake.

And they kept shooting into the sun. Sometimes you couldn't even figure out what the scene was. My husband and I started calling out which bizarre thing would come next - more slow mo or a sun shot. (that was how we entertained ourselves while waiting for it to be over)

Plotline dragged. Story wasn't interesting enough or written well enough to pull you in.

It was disappointing.

We love it! by Amber on 4/17/2014

It cannot be emphasized enough how greatly impacted my husband and I have been by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron's ministry, Way of the Master. It was so wonderful to see that Kirk Cameron is such a Godly man. In 2007, we and my brother's family began going out and sharing as Ray and Kirk had. We talked about naming our unborn child Cameron if it was a boy to mark that time period in our life. Well, she was a girl! Fast forward to 2012 and our our 5th child is a boy named Cameron! We loved Monumental and Fireproof is one of my absolute favorites as it very clearly presented the gospel and promotes hope in Christ and forgiveness in marriage. We still have yet to see Unstoppable but it is on the list. With all that said, I guess I was expecting Mercy Rule to have a clear gospel presentation in it. My understanding now is that it is meant to be a clean, fun movie for the family to watch together. I knew Tim Hawkins would be a treat as he cracks my husband and me up! I will say I did do a little head scratching about the cigarette and alcohol. I just wasn't expecting it ;) This is a wonderful and real movie. So very good. I loved the emphasis on the sweet husband wife relationship, special family moments, and the parental love. Oh, and I happened to like the slow motion!

Clean, Funny Family Movie - How Refreshing! by Katie98usma on 4/15/2014

Wow, I'm shocked at the negative reviews and people returning the movie! This is exactly the kind of film we need to be supporting! Are the words "Jesus" or "God" ever mentioned? No, but that wasn't the point of this movie and why are we taking issue over it? This was a film you could have your neighbors over to watch or recommend to a friend without shoving Christianity down their throats. There are wonderful life lessons and a biblical-worldview communicated without being "preachy." Hard work; humility and willingness to accept criticism; perseverance; a wife graciously supporting her husband through good and bad, yet not being a doormat; siblings who actually like each other and get along, but still tease good-naturedly; fighting for what is right even when it would be easier to just accept defeat; parents who don't completely hover over their children, but are there to support 100%; a family trying to figure out how to remain united in the midst of a life crisis...and succeeding. And it was so refreshing to have a movie be funny without resorting to potty-humor, crudity, vulgarity, or sexuality! Our entire family was in stitches during the whole film. I enjoyed the artsy filmography, although I saw some reviews that others did not. I thought it was a huge improvement over what some Christian films are like. This was a great Family-Friendly-Yet-Not-Overtly-Christian film. Well done, CAMFAM!

Impressed with the variety of reviews! by Kirk on 4/10/2014

Hey everyone, this is Kirk. Of course I want to see what you all think of Mercy Rule and… wow! Some of you loved it (like I do) and some of you seem to be scratching your heads, wondering what you saw and why I made the choices I did. I loved making this movie because it reflects much of my own family life after becoming Christians. No "come to Jesus" events left in my house- we've all joined the family, and are now living a principled life for Jesus, sacrificing, waiting, working, eating, celebrating, struggling, and growing. The coach was a crazy character who turns out to have more wisdom for Cody while drinking root beer than any coach I know, Sister Bea was a heartwarming and adorable character who nurtured her little brother with amazing humor and skill, Tim Hawkins adds fun, funny, and fundy conservative lessons for us if we have ears to hear, and every time I watch my wife's scenes with me over dinner, her words still give me, as a man trying to provide for his family, goose bumps and make my heart 10 times larger. If you haven't downloaded or opened the Family Discussion Questions and Study Guide that came free with your DVD, I recommend you check it out for some of the great life lessons studies that can serve as conversation starters with your kids around your dinner table. As for the deliberate pacing and lots of "slo-mo," I've learned to not be in such a rush when good things are happening in my family. Like hair raising, nail-biting baseball games, frying bacon, trading smiles with my bride, celebrating victories, grieving others' losses, and fighting hard for what's good, beautiful and true. That's what my life is about now. The only surprise I had while reading these reviews was seeing that they were either hot or cold- not many in the middle. I love that. That means Mercy Rule took risks and didn't choose the predictable and lukewarm options it could have. Thanks for watching and commenting!!! I am honored all of you not only were interested enough to watch this labor of love, but to take more valuable time and review on this site. Next in the CAMFAM film lineup… CHRISTMAS!

Love Kirk Cameron as an actor, but he should just stick to acting. This was the most horrible movie I have ever seen. by Amy on 4/6/2014

It is painful for me to criticize a guy who has stood up for Christian values in Hollywood. This was a horribly done movie, Kirk. I was so disappointed when I sat down with my family to watch what we thought would be a great family film. We love baseball movies, and thought that was what it was going to be about with Christian values surrounding it. Best of both worlds, right? This was anything but what we expected. This movie was a great disappointment.

Movie Time!!! by Lori S on 3/22/2014

Another home run movie for the Cameron Family!!!! Can't wait to see what's in store next!

Not family-friendly, No real Christian Values by Andrea on 3/21/2014

This was a disappointment in so many ways. 1. It was not a movie for everyone in the family. While the actor did not actually drink or smoke in the movie, several references were made to smoking and alcohol. My young children did not understand the message coming across there. I actually had to explain to my 4 and 6 year what "something strong and dark" was (alcohol) because of this movie. The Bible says to abstain from the appearance of evil. Please do not advertise a movie for the whole family if alcohol and cigarette smoking are themes in the movie even if you are just showing it's a temptation for some. Small children do not understand it was not consumed, only that it was present. 2. It was boring. Need I say more here? 3. I am still scratching my head to see strong Christian values in this. Where were they?

Great movie! by Brad on 3/17/2014

Loved it!

A movie that puts life's troubles in perspective.... by Brad on 3/17/2014

I think this movie sets a tone of love of family,baseball and God all in perspective....
It's funny... It's realistic... It's worthy of watching...
Obviously some the negative reviewers did not utilize the free downloaded questions to follow up with the family about the lessons learned in the film. A lot to take out of this film was positive.... Let's focus on those things.... Like life in general... Colossians 3:12-14
I coach Baseball... Very well acted and it might have dragged a bit but not enough to be a big critic... We have a non Christian audience that will get this film and see its important points... Without hitting them over the head with a baseball bat ( no pun intended ).. I actually would have asked the thief who was trying to steal his business to get out sooner and would have probably reacted more strongly... Nice Job.. Kirk! Are we not human? Be real... That's what this film did.. Hope to somehow show this to my daughters school sports teams and my middle school baseball team there.. Thank you Cameron family for making an impact for others in all that you do! Know that our family is doing the same....Bradford Smith family Elkton,Maryland

Great movie by Lori on 3/9/2014

This movie was wonderful and funny! It's such a blessing to be able to watch movies that do not have any violence or foul language, a movie you can actually walk away from and not grieve the spirit...it was a wonderful movie! I love our brother kirk as an actor because he exhalts The Lord in all he does. I would recommend this movie to everyone!

Great! by Pat Work on 3/3/2014

Great movie for the entire family:) Why wouldn't anyone enjoy this? Love watching Kirk share his love for the Lord.

Cute movie by Rachel on 2/23/2014

I can't believe I am hearing so much negative in the previous reviews. I think sometimes Christians forget about humor- or how to relax and not take everything so darn seriously. As for the plot being hard to follow- are you all CRAZY. If you couldn't follow the plot I am sorry, my six year old got it. No questionable language, no sexual references...And I do not believe a movie marked as family entertainment has to mention Jesus every five seconds. Sometimes we can just see a nice clean movie with values, and take away the lessons..

Very Disappointed - not recommended by Cathy on 2/16/2014

We are returning this movie and have never done this before. We were looking forward to it, but we were sadly very disappointed. This was not a good movie on any level, and certainly not for young kids. There were very bad scenes - as one example, Kirk pulls out a bat and threatens to use it on a man in a business suit during a meeting. The baseball coach is a terrible stereotype, and we could hardly see anything positive about the baseball story, which was one of the reasons we bought this movie. The language was questionable at times. We were certainly looking for a family-"friendly" movie, but this was just not it at all. We could hardly believe this was the movie that got such great PR ahead of time. So very sorry to give this review, but we feel others should know.

Dissapointing by Christopher on 2/14/2014

I agree with a previous reviewer. I was looking forward to watching this movie, and I went out and purchased it the day it came out. However, it was poorly done, and didn't have a strong Christian message at all. I was looking forward to seeing Tim Hawkins and Kirk in this movie, but overall it was a disappointment.

Disappointed by Noelle on 2/12/2014

I really looked forward to this movie and had pre-ordered it. Unfortunately, it did not hold my interest nor that of my son's. It had its moments where it had some humor, and it did have some decent lessons. But it just wasn't a very good movie in our opinion. The story itself was hard to follow at times, and the video angles were often shaky and disruptive. It didn't seem to flow well, and there seemed to be a lot of over-dramatization. It seemed like it would never end, and when it did we were left feeling like there was something missing.

Fun, but full of life's lessons as well by Dutch on 1/28/2014

Kirk and Chelsea Cameron are great togather in this family film which has something for every age. The story line and characters are colorful and there is plenty of entertainment, and yet it is also full of quick lessons on life and relationships and principles to live by. I highly recommend it!

Great movie for family movie night! by Big Al on 1/27/2014

The latest flick from Kirk Cameron, Mercy Rule, is a baseball movie that the whole family can watch. It is very engaging, funny and inspirational. It's completely clean, so the whole family can watch it. There are many solid lessons that I can teach my kids about adversity and overcoming obstacles. It inspired me to do a better job leading my family, not in a "beat me the over head" way, but in an inspired way. Great work Kirk!

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