I feel like I'm Not Ashamed has brought the Christian genre to another level.
I've heard complaints from secular and Christian critiques that stories about Christians aren't interesting because there's no character arc. I faced that with Beyond the Chariots because every page I read and everyone I met who remembered Eric Liddell had nothing negative to say about the man. When a life is truly seated in Christ, the gods of this world have no sway. I ended up making the protagonist a young man fighting against Eric Liddell. In I'm Not Ashamed we see Rachel Joy's on-again off-again relationship with the Lord. I certainly remember the temptations of attending a secular high school, and I thought the filmmakers did a great job of showing that without titillating.
There's a very powerful moment when Rachel Joy is asked why she won't invite a certain young man to the church's youth group. You see in her whole demeanor that he's become an idol in her life. The nuancing and depths of storytelling that leads up to that scene are profound.
Christians should know:
*Thematic elements, though the violence is very creatively minimized.
*Teen drinking and smoking.
*Implied premarital sex is implied for one of the characters.
*Brief teen kissing.