If you have been around the church at all, you have probably heard the story of the prodigal son. Trust Fund tells the modern day version of it. Oh, and instead of a son, it’s a daughter. I was impressed by how this movie by Mapelle Films does such an incredible job at making this old story relevant in today’s times, with today’s problems.
The Prodigal Son
In the prodigal son parable in the Bible, we meet a father who loves his sons unconditionally. One may be more “supportive” of the family and would be labeled as more loyal as well. He also knew (or believed) he was better than his younger brother. The other son (the younger son) did not want to do the family’s work. He wanted his share of his inheritance, which he shouldn’t receive until his father’s passing, right now. His father, being the loving man he was, gives it to him.He makes a series of bad decisions and ends up with no money.
He makes a series of bad decisions and ends up with no money. He then has to get a job doing the very thing he would have been doing had he gone into the family business!
Of course, in the end, he returns home. And, instead of being punished, his father threw a party for him and welcomed him home.
The Prodigal Daughter
In the Trust Fund movie, we have the same story. A younger daughter did not join in the family business and the older sister did.
I really don’t want to give away the book, so I’m struggling with how to word this so that you will still feel like you are watching it for the first time.
I will just say this: The younger sister gets money from her father, goes away and then uses all the money. She then encounters some danger and flees to return home.
You can probably guess what happens next if you know the prodigal son story from the Bible, but I will refrain from sharing here so I won’t give you any spoilers for the movie.
Love Was Near (Accompanying Book)
Love Was Near is a book intended to be read after you watch the movie. It is an interesting book because it is written by the main character of the movie, while the movie was happening. So, we get to hear her thoughts about the different things going on in the movie.
I did not read the book. My 15-year-old daughter did. She is an avid reader and thought it was cool that there was a book that went along with the movie.
The following is my daughter’s summary and review of the book:
“Love was Near is a book about a girl, Reese, who learns a lesson while making some mistakes along the way. She feels she deserves more than she has without working for it. Her father knows better. However, she doesn’t listen and runs away. She thinks that will make it all better, but she is wrong. The story is in first person point of view. It is divided into three parts with chapters in each. While the first few pages of each chapter have a type-written part, there is then Reese’s diary and a “What do you think” section. “What do you think” includes questions, which allow you to think about life. As Reese learns how to better judge situations, the reader does as well. Love was Near is a touching and well-written book that will teach young girls valuable lessons.
At the beginning of this book, I much enjoyed it. I wanted to know what Reese will think of doing next. I liked that it wasn’t just a story but also lesson. However, as I got further into the book I started to lose interest. I feel it starts to be just a lesson and not as much of a story. I don’t like that it is just her thoughts of what happened in the movie, instead of continuing the story. The reader must remember what happened in the movie to understand. Sometimes, I found myself not knowing at first what Reese is talking about. Love was Near is a unique book in that it is set up and written differently than most, but people, who like reading and want an interactive book will appreciate it.”
My daughter was reluctant to write this review because she didn’t love it. I made sure she understood that not all reviews have to be raving reviews! I think she did a great job. (I know I’m biased.)
Who should watch the movie and read the book?
The movie and book are intended for audiences age 12 and up. I chose to just watch it with my 15-year-old daughter. My 13-year-old son could have watched it, but he elected not to, so my daughter and I just had a movie night. There were parts that were a bit too mature (not inappropriate) for my 9-year-old daughter.
The book is intended for girls ages 12 and up (or young adult). It goes into the deeper issues of the movie.
My daughter and I both really liked the movie. I could definitely see us watching it again. A lot of “faith-based” movies are a bit cheesy. I didn’t find that to be true with Trust Fund. It was a great movie that also happened to tell a story similar to one in the Bible.
The book would be good if you wanted to assign it as homework. Or if you daughter likes inner reflection. I think my daughter didn’t love it because it’s summer and she just wanted a good read. I think she felt like it was too much like homework to be enjoyed. You could definitely use it as a read aloud with your daughter and maybe answer the questions together. That might be a great opportunity to open up conversations that wouldn’t ordinarily come up in everyday life.
There is also a download study guide you can use in a group setting if have others you want to go over it with at the same time.
Let me know what you think after you watch the movie!