The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Redemption film has strong performance, message, weak story.
  • PG
  • 2017
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

To be a better person, you have to learn to think about others' needs. It sounds simple, but some people don't understand that they can't always put themselves first. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Gavin starts off a self-centered, spoiled jerk, but he eventually learns that it feels good to help others, even if that means sacrificing something you think might be important. He also learns that not everything you might think is important, actually is.


Bickering. A crucifixion scene shows an actor portraying Jesus on the cross, covered in blood. 


Two characters flirt and banter. 


The main character has an iPhone.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The main character, now sober, declines a few invitations to get a drink with friends. A video clip of his wild past shows him holding a cigarette. His dad likes to relax with a few beers while watching sports on TV. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is a faith-based comedy about a self-centered, washed-up former child actor (Brett Dalton from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) who gradually learns how to care for someone besides himself. The film offers a valuable lesson about humility, and there's no swearing or sex and almost no drinking (though the main character had a fairly wild past and talks repeatedly about working to stay sober). One scene does show an actor portraying a crucified Jesus, covered in blood. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRebecca S. April 24, 2018

Wonderful, funny and poignant

Well acted, funny, great sweet story about second chances, redemption and forgiveness. Love the line, "This is what we do" (forgive). One of my favori... Continue reading
Parent of a 14 and 17-year-old Written byTom B. April 12, 2018

Refreshing and Entertaining. Worth watching more than once.

I really liked the movie. Watched it 4 times already and still find new tidbits to enjoy. Refreshenly funny, and authentic. Watching Gavin pretend to be a Chris... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byEmmaReviewsStuff September 30, 2017

Biased much, CommonSenseMedia?

This movie is really uplifting and well executed, not a weak story at all like CSM said. It's a shame that this website is run by paranoid liberals.
Teen, 17 years old Written byErikiki2 June 18, 2017

What's the story?

In THE RESURRECTION OF GAVIN STONE, former child star Gavin Stone (Brett Dalton) is now in his twenties -- and known mostly for hotel-trashing antics. His hi-jinks land him prime spots in "Where Are They Now?" segments and earn him 200 hours of community service at a local church. Since mopping the bathroom floor is a drag, he pretends to be a Christian to earn a spot in the church's stage performance. Gavin lands the lead role of Jesus but is really more interested in landing a date with the pastor's daughter, Kelly (Anjelah Johnson-Reyes), who's directing the play and isn't impressed with the spoiled actor's take on the life of Christ. 

Is it any good?

This faith-based dramedy is well-made and has solid performances, but it suffers from a standard-issue redemption plot that has no surprises and little drama. Dalton is believable as a whiny, washed-up former star, and his gradual evolution from a self-centered brat to someone who cares for other people is admirable. But his story is something we've seen many times before. Co-star Johnson-Reyes doesn't do as much with the material; her portrayal of a pastor's daughter who never dates feels pretty generic. It's clear from the first scene of The Resurrection of Gavin Stone that Kelly will dislike Gavin intensely before she falls for him. Just another reason this journey falls a bit short.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the main character's journey in The Resurrection of Gavin Stone. What prompts Gavin to start thinking about others? How does the film show his realization?

  • How does Gavin's story demonstrate humility? Why is that an important character strength?

  • How does the film portray Gavin's struggle to stay sober? What choice does he make, and what helps him with his decision? What do you think about the film's portrayal of addiction

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