A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's important to stand up for what's right and what you believe in, even in the face of strong opposition.
Positive Role Models
Grace refuses to give up her faith, even when it would make things easier. Instead, she fights to stay true to her beliefs, and -- despite long odds -- eventually prevails.
Violence & Scariness
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that God's Not Dead 2 -- the sequel to 2014's God's Not Dead -- is a faith-based drama about a high school teacher who's taken to court for supposedly evangelizing in class. There's no swearing, nudity, drinking/smoking, or violence, though the courtroom scenes can get heated. The movie's subject matter mature might be too mature for young kids to grasp, though tweens and teens may admire Grace's fight to stay true to her beliefs. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The acting is earnest in this faith-based drama, and though it may sometimes veer toward maudlin, it's the single biggest reason to see the movie. Hart and Metcalfe have clearly thrown themselves into their roles, and they're backed by a strong supporting cast that includes Robin Givens, Ernie Hudson, and Ray Wise.
But good acting can't save God's Not Dead 2 from being wholly formulaic. The legal machinations that Tom relies on in the courtroom are somewhat interesting, but the movie's message is diluted by villainizing the characters who are non-believers. And then there's the script: On the surface, it fascinates, but in the end it reveals itself to be relying on cliches and oversimplification. Kudos for the heart, faith, and dedication that clearly went into making this movie, but it's neither original nor compassionate.
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