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Last edited on: January 19, 2015.

Clancy is a surprising film. A first glance at the title and poster art, and one gets the idea that we will be sitting down to a fuzzy-wuzzy, feel-good, Disney-like, family fare, Hallmark kind-of-picture – which is not necessarily a bad thing (see review of War Horse) – but is just not a description of Clancy.

Christina Dawn Fougnie Courtesy of Kelly’s Filmworks

This is a fairly gritty film about an 11-year-old (title character Clancy played winningly by newcomer Christina Dawn Fougnie), who runs away from home so her drug-addicted mother is busted and put into rehab to get healthy. Not the best means to an end, especially considering the types of people she will live with “on the street.” (In other words: kids – don’t try this at home.) Clancy meets up with a homeless war veteran (Nick Best – played by Jefferson Moore), who reluctantly takes her under his wing to look after while she struggles to survive.

Jefferson Moore Courtesy of Kelly’s Filmworks

There are many plot twists within the film (another nice surprise), involving a corrupt Mayor, a good cop, a Police Chief somewhere in-between, and other bad guys and criminals. And these nice twists and turns make for a well-paced film that only slows down during several montage scenes. This two-hour film could easily have been cut down and tightened up by losing a montage scene or two; but otherwise, the film packs quite a bit of story into its 120 minutes.

Jefferson Moore and Tom Luce Courtesy of Kelly’s Filmworks

The two leads do great jobs in their roles, and their chemistry really comes across. You can tell they really enjoyed working together, and it will be nice to see what the future holds for newcomer Fougnie. Mr. Moore also wrote and directed the film, and Clancy is a nice addition to his credits, which include 1 Message, The Perfect Gift (also with Christina Dawn Fougnie), The Perfect Stranger, and its sequel Another Perfect Stranger. The supporting cast is quite well, too, except for a miss-turn here and there in a couple of supporting roles that seem too shallow at times or too over-the-top at others – not consistent at all.

Keith McGill Courtesy of Kelly’s Filmworks

The biggest question for Clancy is with its ending. No spoilers here, but the main protagonist is switched on us at the end, and leaves us with a not-so-satisfying (although realistic), and somewhat confusing, finish. I would like to have seen things wrapped up a little differently, but over all, this is a well-produced film, and well-worth the cost of your nickel to put into your collection. Clancy: a nice surprise of a film.

Jefferson Moore and Christina Dawn Fougnien Courtesy of Kelly’s Filmworks

The Christian Worldview:

Clancy has a strong Christian, moral worldview. Nick is shown getting angry; he is involved in a fight; he has rather intense war remembrances; and memories of a past drinking problem. Clancy’s mother is an abuser and addict, and Clancy wears the scars of these transgressions. There is minor gunplay and shooting in the film, as well as a tragic fire. Clancy’s life mantra is “Bad things are always going to happen, but being miserable doesn’t have to,” and this is played out as a major theme in the film.



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3 Responses

  1. Michelle

    My family owns this movie. We are very critical of what we will put in our home library. We do not have cable as there is too much junk to warrant putting out money for it so we buy or rent movies and are strict about them. Clancy is a movie we found to be very well done. Our 13 year old daughter has watched it many times. We always watch as a family the first time or two so that we can discuss different things that we see in the movies. I myself didn’t find any of the sequences overdone, I enjoyed them all. Sure, it’s a bit unrealistic in that you won’t find many homeless people that would do right by a child and I wouldn’t suggest anyone try this at home! Especially alarming would be a young girl to be staying with a homeless male. Not very secure feeling. But they did it well here.

  2. Cindy Doyle

    If your an animal lover…this might not be the movie for you. Clancy finds a homeless puppy and takes it in only to abandon it shortly after in a bad neighborhood without food or water. I was so sad and troubled by this that I found it difficult to watch further. As precious as Clancy was, she still has a long way to go learning stewardship.


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