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Small Group

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Some violence, drinking in thoughtful faith-based drama.

Movie PG-13 2018 121 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

I tried to like it and give it a chance but,

Was kind of insulting to Christians. No we aren’t perfect, we don’t float three feet above the ground! Sincere prayer is made fun of, reading of the Bible is portrayed as being stupid….
age 16+

Adult themes - Gods love does shine through

Lots of Very mature themes. Not for young children. Possibly for teens. Themes of prostitution, sex trafficing, gang violence, abortion, drag queen. Weird uses of saying they loved sin but didn't. “SorryGod”. The underlying theme of Gods love is very evident however. God uses even the bad stuff for his glory.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (6 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is so much better than many faith-based movies, which can sometimes feel heavy-handed and preachy to nonbelievers. The actors here can actually act, and the dialogue feels natural. And perhaps the most surprising thing of all is that there are actually some genuinely funny moments to the movie, especially when the characters show that they can laugh at themselves and their world.

All of this should make Small Group an entertaining experience for faith-based viewers. Of course, that leads to the inevitable question: Will those who are not faith-based viewers enjoy this? While it's impossible to speak for such a vast and diverse audience, it's difficult to imagine this resonating with viewers very far beyond the movie night socials of the friendly neighborhood megachurch. For one thing, the movie observes and addresses some of the foibles of Bible study groups and those who participate in them, and there are a lot of inside jokes that may be unrelatable to the nonreligious. That said, Small Group is way above the curve, and faith-based families are certain to enjoy it.

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