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The Other Side of Heaven

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Book-based tale about Mormon missionary; some violence.

Movie PG 2002 113 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Inspiring and Uplifting True Story

Contrary to the official review, I feel it is not superficial at all. I feel this is all ABOUT the growth of Elder John Groberg. He came naive and young and without any idea of what he was doing - and left filled with compassion, love, understanding, and having learned patience for a different culture and a different life. Despite being persecuted, he and the minister learned to love God with mutual tolerance and sacrifice. A beautiful story that entire families can watch together.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 18+

Good movie


Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This gently retro story of a young Morman missionary in the Pacific Islands of Tonga loses some wholesomeness points due to some smug insularity. Through all of his experiences, John never questions his role, so he never really learns or grows. But despite The Other Side of Heaven's superficiality, it's always good to see a movie character who has a strong spiritual and moral commitment that informs his choices. Faith-based families will find much to enjoy and discuss.

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