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The Shunning

As Katie Lapp's (Danielle Panabaker) wedding day draws nearer, the young woman finds herself questioning her faith and her place in her Amish community. This made-for-TV movie is based on a book by Beverly Lewis. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 88
Theater Release:
Video Release: 13 Sep 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Is Katie being willfully disobedient when she learns to sing and play the guitar? Is a certain amount of rebellion normal during a person’s teen years? How does her rule breaking affect the way she feels about herself? How does it influence the way she sees others?

What is the purpose of "shunning" someone? What do the religious leaders hope the punishment will accomplish for Katie? How would you handle a similar situation?

What secrets are worthy of being kept? Which ones do you think should be revealed? How are feelings of trust and betrayal associated with both the keeping and breaking of confidences?

This made-for-TV movie is based on the book The Shunning by Beverly Lewis.

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