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Michael Ealy's At-Risk Youth Drama 'Unconditional' Gets A Trailer And Release Date

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 21, 2012 10:30 AM
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Harbinger Media Partners has announced that the company will release the Michael Ealy drama Unconditional, on September 21.

Written and directed by Brent McCorkie, and produced by Jason Atkins and J. Wesley Leggthe film is said to be based on the true events surrounding the character Ealy plays, named Joe Bradford.

Unconditional's synopsis reads as follows:

Samantha Crawford's life is a storybook life: she’s happily married, she lives on a ranch where she keeps her beloved horse, and the stories she’s told and illustrated since childhood have become published books. When her husband Billy is killed in a senseless act of violence, Sam loses her faith and her will to live. But a death-defying encounter with two children leads to a reunion with Joe, her oldest friend. Inspired by true events, UNCONDITIONAL stars Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man, Barbershop) and Lynn Collins (John Carter). As Sam watches her friend Joe care for and love the kids in his under-resourced neighborhood, she begins to realize that no matter life’s circumstances, the love of God is always reaching out to us.

The real-life Joe Bradford serves seven at-risk communities in Nashville, TN through his Elijah's Heart ministry.

"My dream is that Unconditional inspires cities to unite in love to rescue one of our most precious commodities: thousands of at-risk and fatherless children torn by poverty and oppression," Bradford said in a press release.

Audiences are encouraged to sign up to become partners with the film and its message at

Watch its trailer below:

Unconditional Trailer from Harbinger Media Partners on Vimeo.

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  • Lonny | June 22, 2012 6:47 PMReply

    I think Michael Ealy has potential to be great and he's one role or film away from breaking through, leading man like. He's very humorous with the show "Common Law", he's played edgy well with "Their Eyes were Watching God", and "For Colored Girls". I hope this film gets a good release and that his performance is strong and moves him closer to mainstream, although he's the kind of quiet actor that doesn't really want that.

    Yes we've seen teachers, coaches, etc helping underprivledged, and we've seen black characters "saving" a white character to the magical negro level, but every attempt wasn't a great one. I give it all a chance. This is someone's life (The story of this film) and everyone's story should be told.

  • troy | June 21, 2012 3:38 PMReply

    We need more movies with adolescents saving at risk adults. And not the typical poor unlucky parent but people of power and notoriety. Like teen changing the ways of a dictator father spurning their religious and cultural traditions. Or an jugué school athlete taking on the NCAA and the countries public opinion for making kids sign away rights to their identities forever and throughout the universe or that college football and basketball players shouldn't be paid for performing the same job professional athletes get paid rich off of. How about millions of youths opting out of the system creating a potential chain reaction that could destroy this countries financial future, a future that only takes youth into consideration as a form of chattel. Or how about a bad little boy who always acts up in church but when he tries to expose a deviant pastor his own grandmother turns her back on him because of her devotion to her god, his church, and it's pastor.

  • Akimbo | June 21, 2012 11:52 AMReply

    This horse better be pretty damn important to get a random mention in the movie's description. I'm just gonna say the horse attacks Ealy to avenge the husband's murder -maybe he did it, maybe he didn't, you RACIST, RACIAL PROFILING EQUINE - Ealy dies in the hospital and the lady raises the kids on her own, Sandra Bullock-style. The end. No plans to see this film and be proven wrong (or right). Sorry, Michael.

  • Akimbo | June 21, 2012 3:39 PM

  • the black police | June 21, 2012 3:35 PM

    Huh? What's going on here, Akimbo, my bossom buddy.

  • Akimbo | June 21, 2012 3:01 PM

    OMG, it's the horse! Mr. Ed, thank you for blessing this comment section with your presence! Tell me, what was it like working with Michael Ealy? Did you have any fight scenes? What kind of training did you have to undergo to prepare for this role?

  • Mr. Ed | June 21, 2012 2:02 PM

    It's obviously important enough for you to comment on...

  • Nadell | June 21, 2012 11:16 AMReply

    This looks really good.

  • the black police | June 21, 2012 11:14 AMReply

    I actually wanna see this. Trailer was intriguing. But nevertheless: White savior? Black stereotypes?

  • ScriptTease | August 15, 2012 10:08 AM

    @Evelyn.. I totally agree with you, that is one of the main reason why I got into writing Screenplays. I'm working on two right now, and I hope it's something that black folk or anyone else will enjoy.

  • the black police | June 22, 2012 3:19 AM

    @EVELYN: LOLZ! LMAO! ROTFL! That is all.

  • evelyn | June 22, 2012 2:56 AM

    its 2012, people expect new stories yet even in reality, they are still living the same tired lives. Instead of waiting for someone to give you a new story, why dont you initiate the idea and lets see what you have. Any takers? No one? Thats what I thought. You can talk the talk but are too lame to walk.

  • the black police | June 21, 2012 11:50 PM

    Maybe a black saviour story?

  • the black police | June 21, 2012 11:49 PM

    I just dont get it anymore. Its 2012, when are NEW stories going to be told?

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 21, 2012 10:43 PM

    Ha! My peeps and I call it "The White Shadow Archetype." Black people have all the ingredients for success BUT... it takes a white to show us how to cook it up right. lol

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