Back in the Ball Game
Ben (Eric Close - Follow the Stars Home) and Lorrie (Samantha Mathis - The New Daughter) are happily married, they have a teen son, Jesse (Tony Oller), and they both work in the family construction business which her father started. Things become complicated when Ava Andersson (M├Ądchen Amick - Lies and Deception) returns to town following her mother's death as not only is Ava single, after the failure of her marriage, but back in high school Ben and Ava were an item until she called it off without explanation. Now Ben and Lorrie have to deal with Ava wanting to re-ignite things with Ben whilst Jesse, having grown tired of his father pushing him when it comes to football, finds himself prioritising a girlfriend and a desire to write over everything else.
"Unanswered Prayers" is one of those movies which seem to have some very familiar building blocks. We have a father pushing his son to have a football career as his never panned out. We also have a family business which is going though tough times. And then we have the husband's childhood sweetheart returning to town which stirs up some old feelings especially as she ended things with out explanation back then. In turn this puts some stress on the marriage as the wife wonders whether if she was not only a rebound relationship but also whether she ended up trapping him back then and he gave up his career. As such there are certainly some layers to "Unanswered Prayers" and some questions as to what will happen when it comes to those old feelings being stirred up again but all the layers are familiar.
The trouble is that right from the start you expect "Unanswered Prayers" to play out in a certain way, especially when all the pieces of the story are put in place and so what is left is the cast appeal to keep you watching. Thankfully the trio of Eric Close, Samantha Mathis and M├Ądchen Amick certainly deliver that appeal especially when it comes to those old feelings between Ben and Ava still lingering, remember that this is a Lifetime movie and as such it isn't as family friendly as a Hallmark movie.
What this all boils down to is that "Unanswered Prayers" is entertaining but it is also an incredibly obvious movie when it comes to the various layers of storyline. Thankfully it has the appeal of a well chosen cast to keep it entertaining.