Parents' Guide to

The Gospel

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

R&B star comes home to look after ailing family.

Movie PG 2005 103 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Yes, there ARE positive messages

I would not say this is the most captivating movie although the music is amazing, inspirational and energetic. But I am bothered that you say there are no positive messages Common Sense Media. Especially by the end there are clear positive messages regarding faith, hope, forgiveness, and family.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

THE GOSPEL is inspiring and energetic when it's focused on music. Assembled by Kirk Franklin, the numbers are lively and sometimes -- as in the case of Yolanda Adams' brief performance -- quite brilliant. For the most part, however, the movie is awkwardly structured and soapily slow-moving. The film is hampered by a clunky structure (some scenes seem cut together randomly, others just click time while waiting for the next choir number) that detracts from its basic theme, the simultaneous conflict and sameness between pop music stardom and church celebrity and commercialism, and the emphasis on profits that drives both.

David's confused priorities are revealed in his tense relationship with his former childhood friend and classmate, now Reverend Charles Frank (Idris Elba), who means to take over the church from Fred and feels competitive with David. In this enterprise, Frank is both egged on and challenged by his wife (and David's cousin) Charlene (Nona Gaye, mostly reduced to reaction shots). While they refer mysteriously to their "problem," Lifetime-movie-style, the reason for their estrangement is both repressed and obvious, in the form of clichés.

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