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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Strong Christian messages about miracles, God's infinite power, the comfort and value of prayer. Promotes family, integrity, perseverance, and acceptance of death.
Positive Role Models
Well-intentioned characters make some mistakes (lying, abandoning faith), then learn important lessons about hope, integrity, compassion, acceptance of death of a loved one, power of prayer.
Violence & Scariness
A car accident and its aftermath, with bloody wounds. Man is severely injured, near death for much of the film -- he's paralyzed and injuries are apparent. A scene in which the presence of a gun feels threatening.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sunrise in Heaven, a drama with romance, recounts the real-life tale of Jan and Steve Hurst, beginning with their young romance in the 1960s, then integrates significant events that changed their lives more than 40 years later. Based on Jan Hurst's book His Sunrise, My Sunset, the movie tackles complex moral issues -- end of life decisions, deception, a domineering parent, and the changing relationships between men and women over decades. An auto accident and its bloody aftermath are shown. Scenes in a hospital deal with a man's severe injuries and the family's fight for his survival. The Hurst's journey is anchored by faith. Religious principles and their relationship with God and Jesus provide comfort, wisdom, and acceptance of life's challenges during difficult times. Best for faith-based audiences. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Hurst's story reveals a deep commitment to family and spirituality, but despite its earnest messages, there's no escaping the predictability and inherent melodrama. Sunrise in Heaven is an unambiguously religious movie; prayers are offered in many scenes, and most characters are true believers. Corbin Bernsen does his best to bring a one-dimensional bully to life, but the resolution of his story is unbelievable and far too easy. The many solid performances lose their impact when the actors work alongside others who are unpolished or overwrought. Still, the movie should appeal to faith-based audiences and reinforce their heartfelt values.
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