God's Not Dead 2

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Strong acting can't redeem heavy-handed drama.
  • PG
  • 2016
  • 124 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

Heated arguments.

Sex

Hugging.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 year old Written byKaitis1Mom April 2, 2016

God's Not Dead- He's Surely Alive!!

I took my 7 year-old daughter with me to see God's Not Dead 2, despite Common Sense Media's ages 10+ advice. I loved the original God's Not Dead,... Continue reading
Parent of a 13 and 16 year old Written bytandrea April 10, 2016

Great Movie!!!

Likeable and unlikable characters. Lots of highs and lows. A really great movie to see together as a family. Just don't miss it ;-)
Kid, 11 years old April 5, 2016

LOVE IT

I just love this movie and think that it would just be great for kids. It doesn't have any sex or bad words. Also no voliolence and just other inaprotpra... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byParanoidAndroid42 April 20, 2018

Not as offensive as the first, but still pretty terrible

Why do people give these movies money? Do people actually believe that they are being persecuted for being Christian? Over 70% of America is Christian. There is... Continue reading

What's the story?

In GOD'S NOT DEAD 2, during a high school history lesson on the civil rights movement, a student asks about the parallels between Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesus Christ. Teacher Grace Wesley (Melissa Joan Hart) gives a thoughtful reply, making a clear link between the two -- and then finds herself in hot water when the local school board claims she's bringing religion into the classroom. Soon Grace is hauled into court to defend her actions, and her lawyer, Tom Endler (Jesse Metcalfe), takes the unusual tactic of arguing that Jesus was a historical figure.

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 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how God's Not Dead 2 relays its point of view. What is that perspective? Who is the audience for this movie? How can you tell?

  • Are all movies designed to convince you of something? What's it like to watch a movie that promotes beliefs different from yours? How does it feel when you identify with a movie's perspective?

  • What do you think of the concept of using a courtroom to debate Jesus' existence? Is it effective or heavy handed? And what do you think about the incident that landed Grace in trouble? Did she cross a line, or was the subject a legitimate historical question?

  • How does Grace demonstrate perseverance? Do you consider her a role model?

Movie details

For kids who love dramas

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