Movie Review: A New Life


Now available on DVD and Digital Download is the tug-at-your-heartstrings drama A New Life.

A New Life stars Jonathan Patrick Moore (“Blind Spot”) and Erin Bethea (Fireproof).

I love to hear stories about how people meet as children and stay together forever. Stories like that make me believe if fate.

My husband and I are totally convinced that fate has always been trying to bring us together since we were young children. There are just too many “near misses” and coincidences to make us think otherwise. When we share them with others they too feel as though we were destined to be together.

I wish we had met as children, just like the characters in this film, Ben (Moore) and Ava (Bethea).

Ben and Ava met as children. They quickly became the best of friends.

As time went on, Ben and Ava remained close friends until their friendship bloomed into a budding relationship. They eventually became a couple in high school.

As what happens with many young couples when they head off to college, distance and the absence of their significant other lends to temptation to be with someone else. Even with those temptations, Ben and Ava continue to stay together.

The young couple go on to get married.

Everything seems perfect. Ben and Ava seem like a couple that will live “happily ever after…,” or will they? Life has other plans for them – one that will test their strength and commitment. Can love really conquer everything? To find out you need to pick up a copy, or download, A New Life. Look for it where eve movies are sold.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.


The film is a bit predictable, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not going to tug at your heart strings, even if you have some idea about how the film is going to turn out.

I’ll warn you right now that it’s a tear jerker. Think along the lines of most Nicholas Sparks films. You should keep a box or two of tissues on hand.

The acting was fairly good. I personally enjoyed the characters and felt that they were portrayed very well. I especially enjoyed the younger versions of Ben and Ava. I loved the sweetness and innocence of those younger characters.

Not that this film was meant to teach you any great life lessons (the film was more for entertainment), I DID learn something from it – that life is very precious and that you should savor each and every single moment – no matter how big or small it may be. Because, as we all know, life can change in a heartbeat.

The film is rated PG. I think that is only because the film is “deep” and younger viewers might not be able to relate or understand the more grown up subject matter.

There are some bonus features – audio commentary with Director Drew Waters and Erin Bethea, a 5-part look “Behind the Scenes” and two featurettes, “Ava’s Journey” and “About New Life.”

Normally I watch the bonus features, but I haven’t been well lately (Bronchitis and a mystery issue with my leg). I’ll eventually watch them as I try to watch all bonus features. I feel like you have a better understanding and appreciation for a film when you learn what went on to bring it to life.

I know we’re expecting a lot of snow in the northeast this week, so if you are looking for a good film to watch while you snuggle on the couch with your loved one, check out A New Life. 


*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. Janet W. says:

    Great review! This definitely sounds like a movie I would enjoy watching.