As I showed in my last post the movie Indivisible teaches a well worn and well loved modern Christian message that God wants wives not to submit to their husbands, but to threaten their husbands to make them change.
The movie follows modern Christian traditions in other ways. While the message of the movie includes the same anti husband/married father message that pastors deliver on Father’s Day, it is important to keep the appearance that it is traditional. This means tearing down not just any husband/father, but tearing down the most archetypally masculine husbands and fathers. This leaves little room for diversity in the Christian husband’s profession when making a movie about marriage. He has to be both a good man and over the top masculine so that when the movie tears him down the audience knows that all married fathers are failures. Fireproof featured a fireman who was blowing it. Courageous featured police officers who were blowing it. Indivisible does the same for combat veterans. As Heather Turner explains at 1:50 in the clip below:
Them seeing the chaplain, kinda get it wrong, and mess up, gives them permission to be willing to say “you know I might need help.”
And yet we live in a feminist age where any time you present men as masculine you have to show that women are part of the club. So if Indivisible is going to show masculine men, even just as a way to tear them down, it has to also show a woman who is one of the guys. 10 seconds in to the trailer the soldiers all shout out a manly hooah! And the face of the manly hooah? It is of course a woman.
It could be no other way. The face of the hooah is a kickass single mother, an ex-SWAT team member:
Testing that conviction has to wait as Darren gets to know the soldiers at Forward Operating Base Falcon — including a young father named Lance Bradley (Tanner Stine), single mother and ex-SWAT team member Sgt. Shonda Peterson (Skye P. Marshall) and a bitter, alienated soldier named Michael Lewis (Jason George). In an awkward twist, Lewis also happens to be Darren’s not-so-friendly neighbor at home in Georgia.