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Forgiving the Franklins (2006)

A conservative, God fearing Southern family is spiritually changed by an auto accident, but who they become puts them at odds with the highly conservative values around them.


Jay Floyd


Jay Floyd




Cast overview, first billed only:
Teresa Willis ... Betty Franklin
Robertson Dean ... Frank Franklin
Aviva Baumann ... Caroline Franklin (as Aviva)
Vince Pavia ... Brian Franklin
Mari C. Blackwell ... Peggy Lester
Pop DaSilva Pop DaSilva ... Jesus Christ
Zak Spears Zak Spears ... Coach Caldwell (as Khris Scaramanga)
Andy Forrest ... The Pastor
Doug Purdy ... Junior Law Partner
Bob Savage Bob Savage ... Senior Law Partner
Terry Leftgoff Terry Leftgoff ... Bert Lester
Erica Woodson Erica Woodson ... Station Attendant
Kimberly Price Kimberly Price ... Christian Parent's Association Leader
Tracy Berna Tracy Berna ... Christian Women's Group member
Suzanne Brown Suzanne Brown ... Christian Parent's Association Woman


The Franklins are Bible belt Christians: Frank's a lawyer, Betty's a homemaker focused on her children and her church, Brian is a senior who plays football, his younger sister Caroline is a cheerleader who thinks she's fat, prays often, and is impatient with God. When the family is in a car crash, all but Caroline are in a coma during which they see Jesus who removes their inhibitions and their piety. Awake and refreshed, Frank, Betty, and Brian discover their sexuality, their independence from Sunday worship and formal prayer, and the ability to talk frankly. Caroline - and her godmother, Betty's best friend, Peggy - are horrified. Can Caroline be saved, and the Franklins forgiven? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including a scene of aberrant intimacy, graphic nudity, frank dialogue and some language


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Release Date:

25 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Greensboro, North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This film was made without a film crew, as evidenced by the end credits. See more »


Betty Franklin: When you talk about God, you sound like one of those women on the talkshows who's still in love with the husband that beats them.
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References The Sopranos (1999) See more »

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An unexpected lurking kindness
31 July 2008 | by YASSee all my reviews

It's always a pleasure to see characters in a movie who are wholly good-hearted and well-intentioned, even when they're surrounded by those who are neither. The film's moderately silly premise is that the conservative, religious Franklin family (mother, father, teen boy and girl) are involved in an accident wherein the parents and brother have a near-death experience during which they meet Jesus, a pleasant but somewhat exasperated soul who removes from them the burden of 'original sin.' When they return to their lives, many of their views and attitudes have changed, much to the consternation of the daughter, who didn't share the experience. The religious side is, I think, presented with a good balance, from the good (Jesus) to the starkly awful (those of his 'followers' who are obsessed with the sins of others and utterly oblivious to their own). It's a movie to make you think, give you a few good laughs along the way, and leave you with the pleasant feeling that the world just might be a nicer place than you think it is.

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