Plot: A drifter (John Schneider) has passed through many towns, but always been able to find some honest work, a warm meal, and some fellowship with the locals. But the latest town he arrives in seems to be different, as the vibe is downbeat and no one seems willing to show any compassion. The local pastor has some words of encouragement, but the drifter is unable to convince anyone to give him a chance, when all he wants is to do some work and earn his keep. As it turns out, the local church is about to be demolished to make room for more profitable ventures, which doesn’t matter to many, since the congregation has dwindled of late. Can the drifter help the locals see the errors of their ways and turn their town around?
Entertainment Value: As the title suggests, WWJD is a religious minded movie, with a rather blunt, heavy handed approach. But I did appreciate that the narrative called out those who claim to be people of faith, but don’t act as such, so as it least the message isn’t the same “us vs. them” mentality so often seen in this genre. The story is fine and will likely inspire and encourage the target audience, though it is probably too stilted and forced for more mainstream viewers. The way things play out is predictable and not well developed, but those interested in the faith elements are not likely to be concerned with that, since the general message is a positive one. I know some folks mine the Christian movies for b movie potential, but there’s not much of that here, aside from the sudden conversions and one character that has an odd verbal cadence. So this isn’t an over the top, hellfire and brimstone type Christian movie, just a straight ahead drama with some light humor at times. I can’t recommend it to most viewers, but those in search of Christian content might appreciate WWJD.
I looked into this one because of John Schneider, who has made some colorful, direct to video appearances in his career. He turns in an earnest effort in WWJD, easily the most competent and memorable performance here. I think he has a soft spot for these Christian movies, as he seems interested and tuned in, whereas some stars phone in their efforts in these kind of pictures. His role is by no means the lead, but it is the central one as far as narrative, so he has a number of scenes, but isn’t around all the time in WWJD. But Schneider’s fans should appreciate this performance, as it is solid and he does what he can with the material. Maxine Bahns is also here and is fine, if not all that memorable in her role. The other performances are passable, with a couple awkward, but humorous cast members mixed in. The cast also includes Kimberly Hidalgo, Adam Gregory, and Mark Arnold.