Rusty Wright: ‘Walking with Herb’ Movie Review

‘Walking with Herb’ film poster. Image: Courtesy Walking with Herb Movie.

Need a fun, refreshing break from COVID-world?  How about some laughs, mixed with high-level sports drama plus some inspiring second-chance stories woven in for good measure?  Veteran actor Edward James Olmos and comic George Lopez will make you chuckle as you ponder in Walking with Herb.

This entertaining fictional story – about family, golf, shattered dreams, true greatness, and divine ways – grabbed and held my attention and got me pulling for positive outcomes.  The cast includes Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Olmos (Stand and DeliverBattlestar Galactica), Oscar® nominee Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13), and popular comedian Lopez (George Lopez Show).

Losing faith

In the movie, Joe Amable-Amo (Olmos) is a disillusioned bank executive and father.  Family tragedies have left him wondering how a good God could let bad things happen to upright and innocent people. His wife Sheila (Quinlan) encourages him to have faith. Joe loves her, but the pain of loss keeps him questioning.

Herb (Lopez) arrives in his life as a wisecracking, fun-loving motorcyclist divinely assigned to assist Joe’s special mission.  Would you believe this involves Joe, age 65, playing in professional golf’s top championship tourney?

Herb becomes Joe’s coach and caddy.  As Joe re-learns the game he’s not played in decades, Herb helps his pupil overcome discouragement and see divine hands in a needy world.  Calling himself Joe’s “Director of High Jinks,” Herb counsels, “God…will never allow you to be tested beyond your ability.”

By film’s end, Joe realizes…well, I’d better let you enjoy discovering that for yourself.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Rusty Wright

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