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In the Name of God

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Faith-based messages instruct more than entertain.

Movie PG 2013 86 minutes
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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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