This last week, I was able to watch Come What May, a 2009 dramatic film made mostly by teenagers. In fact, I watched it twice, and bits and pieces of it a few other times. Very few people have watched it, as it has been given limited distribution. But limited release does not always mean poor quality. It even won the 2008 Redemptive Storyteller Award at the Redemptive Film Festival.
The main character, Caleb, asks a girl named Rachel (who happens to become his moot court partner, of course) if she'll go on a date with him. "Nothing serious," he says. She rejects his offer, saying she doesn't want to date anyone unless it is serious. Most people will think this is irrelevant, but to me, it showed good character in her, and the filmmakers. The film also showed a good presentation of courtship, keeping each other's families involved.
Their relationship wasn't the centerpiece of the film, though. Come What May's focus was on the issue of abortion, and more specifically Roe v. Wade. Caleb, Rachel, and others from Patrick Henry College moot court debated this issue "in front of thousands of people," as the film says.
If Caleb does not win the championship, his Mother won't pay his tuition for the following year at Patrick Henry College. He comes up with an alternate proposal that wouldn't require the overturning of Roe v. Wade, but would just make a small change to the law, and would, in all likelihood, win him the championship. He has to decide if he should do the right thing, come what may, even if it means losing in the court's opinion, and not returning to college the following year.
One of the better portrayed roles was Don Hogan (Caleb's father), who is played by Ken Jezek. He performed his role excellently, and his character was a good father figure (literally) to Caleb. Caleb himself (played by Austin Kearney) had a compelling script, especially near the ending when he debates in front of the court. Some of the other characters were well-acted, though others seemed too scripted.