My Daddy Is in Heaven

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Inept faith-based tale has mature themes, drinking, drugs.
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

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

Positive Messages

Redemption is possible, even for those who have lost their faith. Stresses importance of belief in God and Christian values.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Central character goes through a loss of faith and finds her way back; finds both grace and humility after straying from Christian beliefs. Grandfather is strong male presence who exemplifies parental responsibility, love, and compassion.


A death after a tragic accident; beloved character is seen bloodied, unconscious, hospitalized, dies on camera. A second, lengthy on-camera death occurs from a drug overdose. A drunk woman is assaulted by a stranger in a bar -- strong sexual overtones.


Central heroine is sexually intimidated by a man. Some revealing clothing.


"Pain in the butt."


King's Stout.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and drunkenness play crucial role in movie's plot. A character dies of a fentanyl overdose.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Daddy Is in Heaven is a film based on the book My Daddy Is in Heaven with Jesus by Rebecca Crownowner. Strongly Christian in its values and its messages, the film tracks a woman who loses both her faith and her moral compass when her husband is killed in a tragic accident. Viewers can expect some very sad moments. Sequences include the bloody aftermath of the accident, along with a bedside vigil and the man's on-camera death. Drinking and drunkenness are significant elements that move the plot, and the main character's behavior leads her to make numerous bad decisions. A sequence shows the woman confronted by a leering sexual predator and the beginnings of an assault. Spoiler alert: A second on-camera death is the result of a young man's drug use. Given the mature thematic material and scenes of extensive alcohol consumption and intoxication, this movie is best for teens and adults.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHannahwilliams1997 June 18, 2018


The movie (My daddy is in heaven) if anyone has Netflix, I would SO recommend this movie.. it’s shows you so many ways God works in our life’s, how God uses us... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byHope0616 February 27, 2019

What's the story?

Becca Smith (Jenn Gotzon) is devastated when her beloved husband, Adam (Lane Garrison), is killed in an accident in MY DADDY IS IN HEAVEN. Though her supportive dad, Rick (Corbin Bernsen), and her young daughter, Acie (Riley St. John), look to her for strength and a return to some semblance of normalcy in the ensuing weeks, Becca has simply lost her bearings. And her faith. Furious at God and Jesus in whom she had always trusted, Becca leaves the family farm to spend some time with June (Jill Morrison), an old high school friend. June, now a "city girl," is proud of her "independent" life, a life that Becca now seems to long for, if only temporarily. New to June's world and very naive, Becca soon finds herself using alcohol and partying in a local bar to deaden her unbearable emotional pain. It takes a moment of heightened fear and self-loathing to force Becca to take a hard look at where she is, where she may soon find herself, and where she really belongs.

Is it any good?

An unsubtle, predictable story, this movie is an artless attempt to inspire faith-based audiences who deserve better. Saddled with on-the-nose dialogue and with a director who does nothing to protect them from their worst instincts, key actors give wholly "unrestrained" performances. Only Corbin Bernsen, a seasoned pro, and Riley St. John, a gifted young actress, escape. My Daddy Is in Heaven is an example of a well-intentioned film with a built-in, appreciative fan base that delivers little in the way of either entertainment or inspiration. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "predictability" in a movie. At what point did you know exactly how My Daddy Is in Heaven would end? Was the story compelling enough to hold your interest even though you knew where it was headed? Why or why not?

  • How did the filmmakers justify Becca's changes in My Daddy Is in Heaven? It's clear that Adam's death caused Becca's renunciation of her faith. What scenes contributed to her regaining that faith? Were those story elements enough to justify Becca's return home? 

  • Who is the intended audience for this movie? Do you think you have to be Christian to appreciate it? Why or why not?

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