Small Group

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Some violence, drinking in thoughtful faith-based drama.

PG-13 2018 121 minutes

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age 13+

Real and Funny

This is a great movie for anyone who has been involved in an adult church "small group" especially if you are willing to see some truth in the stereotypes that our culture holds for Christians, and misconceptions we hold about ourselves. It's easy to laugh at the attention seeking sarcast, the super-mom, the super-hero Christian, and the superficial awkwardness of the conversations that take place. It's easy to laugh because, if we are honest, we can identify with them at some level. But, if there is one theme you can take home from this movie, its that beneath these facades are real people, rich in character, who can hurt, yet respond in forgiveness and grace. In addition to the great themes of identity, purpose, and authenticity, this film has a good script and some of the best acting I've seen in a faith based film. This would be a great film to watch as a small group and discuss.

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age 12+

A healthy dose of reality coupled with humor and heartfelt emotion

For those who want to shelter their families and themselves from real-life, please don't watch this movie. Continue hiding out in your bunkers and don't be surprised when your kids grow up and can't minister to the real world outside your ivory suburban lives. For the rest of us, the movie starts out a bit slow and then draws us into some realistic scenarios. Personally, I loved the movie. Yes there is a brief drag-queen interview and a character does suggest abortion. This does happen in real life. We Christians don't like the mess that is real life - but Jesus did. So we should be able to handle subjects that we wish would just "go away." Bonus: if you attend a mega-church (I really hate that term - why not just say "a healthy fast growing body of believers"?) you will catch some inside jokes and gentle poking fun at the larger church. Funny stuff. And if you have been touched by tragedy (is there anyone over the age of 10 who has not?) you will find elements that will make you cry. And you will be the better for the tears.

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