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War Room is a 2015 Christian film directed by Alex Kendrick and written by himself and Stephen Kendrick.

In the film, T.J. and Elizabeth Jordan, respectively a pharmaceutical salesman and a real estate agent, are having trouble in their marriage, and their daughter Danielle is being ignored. During one of her visits to a house being put up on sale, Elizabeth encounters an old woman named Miss Clara, who sees the stress that Elizabeth is under and helps her to overcome it by having her develop her own "war room", a space where she could go by herself to pray to God so He could help restore her marriage by her submitting herself unto Him.


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  • Answer Cut: Between Elizabeth's real estate customer and T.J.
    Female customer: Does he ever get tired of the travel?
    T.J.: No, I do not. I enjoy the drive.
  • As the Good Book Says...: The film ends with 2nd Chronicles 7:14.
  • The Cameo: Evangelist and Bible teacher Beth Moore appears as Elizabeth's co-worker Mandy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The delivery guy who meets Elizabeth at her house with a package, when Elizabeth wakes up in her "war room", being real subtle about Elizabeth's condition after waking up, saying that the package will "take her breath away."
  • Heel Realization: T.J. has one after he has a dream where he hears his wife crying to him for help in a warehouse and he comes to her rescue to fend off her attacker, only to find out that her attacker was actually her husband.
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  • Lazy Bum: Elizabeth's brother-in-law Darren is accused of being this by T.J. whenever he hears about his wife having conversations with her sister Cynthia about them needing money.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: T.J. after being fired from his job realizes his guilt of stealing products from his own company and selling them on the side to make a profit, then goes to the company he worked for and confesses to its owners what he has done and is willing to accept the consequences. After a while of T.J. and Elizabeth waiting and praying for their response, the company owners come by the house to tell T.J. that, though they can't give him his job back, they also will not press any charges against him for his honesty.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Miss Clara, just by her personality alone. When she and Elizabeth were held at knife point by a mugger to hand over their cash, Miss Clara stands bravely before the mugger and boldly tells him off in the name of Jesus. Surprisingly he relents.
  • Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo: When T.J. comes home to dinner with his wife Elizabeth after being on the business trip with the female associate, he switches dinner plates with his wife, probably assuming that she put something in his plate that would poison him as some sort of retaliation or something. It is never explicitly stated why he does it.
  • Product Placement: With Sony Pictures being the distributor of the film, Sony's Vaio laptop computer is presented prominently in one scene.
  • Smelly Feet Gag: Elizabeth's foot odor is a constant problem in the film. At the end her husband J.T. treats her to a foot massage while wearing a mask over his face.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Elizabeth loves hot fudge sundaes.
  • Widow Woman: Miss Clara, who was previously married and also has a son who she ends up living with.
  • Your Cheating Heart: T.J. is making eyes toward a young female business associate that he also sees at church and goes to dinner with her. Fortunately, Elizabeth's prayers and faith in God stops T.J. from going too far with the dinner date.

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