I have watched this video (posted today on videogum) a few times now, and I still can’t quite figure out what’s going on:
My best guess is that a student on the mock trial team at his conservative college has to decide between winning his fake court case and pleasing his anti-choice hottie of a girlfriend. There seems to be some kind of a conflict with parents, as well. Another question I am struggling with is, How on earth did this movie get made? And why?
I wish I could say this looks like the best mock-trial based piece of entertainment since Mock Trial With J Reinhold, but it looks like Advent Films doesn’t quite realize how to harness the amazing power of the mock trial. Also, they seem like conservative asses.
Here is the actual plot description from the film’s official[ly over-the-top] website:
With his mother a lawyer and his father a professor, Caleb Hogan has grown up understanding the importance of stating his case, backing it with facts, and choosing what’s right … Come What May.
This ability has served him well in his internship at his mother’s law firm and it has guided him to the college with the best Moot Court team. But has it prepared him to deal with the collision-course elements of the most important legal issue of our time?
When does life really begin?
Coming face-to-face with the realities and legalities of the abortion issue—both in preparation for the National Moot Court championship and as his mother prepares to argue a high-profile case before the Supreme Court—Caleb must decide what he truly believes.
Wherever he lands will have consequences. If he takes the pro-life argument, he stands to lose the most important competition of his life—and the support of his mother. If he follows his mother’s lead, he could win the coveted title … but lose the heart of his teammate Rachel in the process.
Along with her professor and classmates, Rachel not only understands the strength of the pro-life arguments, she believes them to her core. Life, from its beginning, exists to honor God. For Rachel, that plays out in her Moot Court arguments and in her daily life.
Can Caleb find that same conviction? Can he win the heart of Rachel in the process? While compromise might be the easiest solution, it could also be the most dangerous.
Come What May is a vivid reminder that choosing what’s right is never easy … but it’s always worth the cost.
Yeah, I don’t even know what else to say about this. Suffice it to say, more movies out there need to cover the struggles that college students face when their girlfriends disagree with the case they’re arguing in a fake court room in front of a fake judge and jury, and their lawyer mom doesn’t want them to change their fake beliefs.
So what do you think happens at the end of the movie? Does the main character choose love and conservative fundamentalism, even though it means a loss for his Mock Trial team? Extra points if you write your own ending and post it in the comments section!