Films with faith-based themes often get pigeon-holed as too bland or too preachy. ‘I’m In Love With A Church Girl” is neither. It’s a movie that many can relate to as it deals with themes of love and redemption.
Miles Montego (Ja Rule) has a criminal past and still spends time with his old running buddies. He’s a concert promoter and is enjoying the good life, nice home, nice car and fun times at the clubs. That all changes when he meets Vanessa Leon (Adrienne Bailon), a “church girl.”
Vanessa gets exposed to Miles lavish lifestyle and mobster-type friends and she exposes him to her faith. “Right now I’m kinda between churches” is Miles’ response when she asks him about church.
Through a series of incidents, including a DEA investigation subplot (with Stephen Baldwin) and near-tragedy, Miles reaches a crossroads and must decide which path to take.
Rapper Ja Rule is engaging in his role as Miles and former Cheetah Girl Bailon makes Vanessa believable. Both are very appealing leads. The film hits all the right notes without being overly preachy. After all, who can’t relate to being conflicted in love and purpose at some point in their lives while faced with difficult choices? Can we really leave the past behind?
I’m In Love With A Church Girl” is based on the true story of the film’s writer, Galley Molina, a pastor who based the screenplay on his life after prison. He appears in the film as Pastor Galley. Christian music artists TobyMac and T-Bone also appear in the film.
“I’m In Love With A Church Girl” will satisfy those in and outside of the church walls. Its love story is wrapped within a blanket of inspiration, hope and second chances.
Although film-goers may think they know how it will all end, there are a few twists along the way that should make for interesting viewing. It’s a feel-good family film absolutely worth seeing.
The film is rated PG (Violence/Adult Situations/Mild Language). Grammy winner Israel Houghton served as an executive producer and wrote four new songs for the film’s soundtrack.