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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Showing reverence for God means being respectful of God and others by following the Ten Commandments. Trust and respect have to be earned, both by the people you give them to and by yourself so others trust and respect you. Just because something's difficult doesn't mean it's not worth doing. Things that seem outdated can still be relevant.
Positive Role Models
Mason is a troubled 17-year-old who's mostly rude and selfish; at one point he spray-paints the building of a store owner he's mad at. Eventually he starts to see the error of his ways and turn his life around to see the benefits of showing respect to others. The foster family who takes Mason in is strict but supportive and refuses to give up on Mason. His case worker is caring and always available and comes whenever needed to help straighten Mason out. Foster brother Nate, 14, is a bit resentful at first but quickly bonds with Mason and shows brotherly loyalty. He's very studious and obedient of his parents' rules.
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Teen characters use iPhones.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that In the Name of God presents faith-based messages aimed at tweens and teens about how showing respect for others and God is an important way of revering God and a way to earn the respect of others. The content is appropriate for all ages, but younger kids won't relate to the problems of a 17-year-old foster kid. All other characters offer strong role models of caring, spiritual guidance, parental involvement, family loyalty, and persevering when things are hard. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
IN THE NAME OF GOD conveys an important message to teens about being respectful of others but misses a chance to really drive it home by example. Instead, it merely repeats ad nauseam the command to "show some respect." It's even framed as a sermon. Aside from the importance of God as a topic, the only attempt to convey any real depth to the script's message consists of reaction shots of thoughtful nodding. The story fails to develop and instead has Mason reach the epiphany you know is coming with nothing in between to show how he got there. The best that can be said of the acting is that some of it's not bad; unfortunately, most of it is. The filmmakers manage to keep the movie squeaky-clean but in doing so don't give the audience anything to latch onto.
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