‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’: An Inspired and Beautiful Film


Running across “hidden gem” entertainment is one of my favorite discoveries to make. One such film that I read about months ago is The Secret: Dare to Dream, a drama that features an impressive cast based on a kind of inspirational non-fiction book.

The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020) Film Review

Upside down is the kind of life Miranda Wells (Katie Holmes) feels like she’s living. Between her mountain of debt, a surly teenager, and the recent hole in her roof from the hurricane, the single mom is struggling. Things start to change when, after a chance encounter, she meets Bray (Josh Lucas), a stranger who is in Louisiana to visit, but it’s all with a purpose.

Hoping to help the widowed mother of three, Bray sticks around longer than he plans. While there, he also offers the skeptical family an alternate theory on how best to live life. But then a secret threatens the friendship they have, and changes everything.

“There are only 2 ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is… ” – The Secret: Dare to Dream

‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’: An Inspired and Beautiful Film. A review of the film with Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas. All review text © Rissi JC

There are certain movies that sneak under a movie goers notice, and I feel as if this is one of them. It’s not a big-picture action production or some kind of popular adaptation for a young adult novel. Instead, this is a very grown-up (speaking of its message), but really purposeful script that makes you think, but also allows the viewer to enjoy this film.

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Anytime I see something that sounds good, and has actors who I like, there’s a piquing of my interest. Add in a behind-the-scenes name I recognize, and well, this is one that I was bound to see one way or another. Andy Tennant has directed things like Ever After (love) and Sweet Home Alabama (a rom-com classic), so that means ‘Dare to Dream’ has good vibes, too. Plus, it’s also fun to see Josh Lucas reunite with the director of Sweet Home Alabama, in which he also stars. It’s been years since I’ve seen Katie Holmes in anything, but as usual, she’s wonderful and is one of those actresses who is always charming, but it’s nice to see her play a grown up and mother.

This film is, hands down, one of my favorites of 2020. It’s slow moving, yes, and it also has some sense of “fairy tale” in its script. But I think the importance of its underlying themes shouldn’t be lost in the shuffle.

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You can find The Secret: Dare to Dream digitally on Amazon Video


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Content: nothing I can think of that deserves mention [it’s implied unmarrieds spend a night together]. It’s a pretty clean and sweet little film. The film is PG.

Photos: Lionsgate

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.


  1. I haven’t heard of this movie before but it looks interesting. I enjoyed watching Ever After and Sweet Home Alabama too. I’ve haven’t watched Katie Holmes in a romance before so it would interesting to see this film. I have seen her in Pieces of April and Batman.

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