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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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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 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?
- In theaters: January 20, 2017
- On DVD or streaming: May 2, 2017
- Cast: Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, D.B. Sweeney
- Director: Dallas Jenkins
- Studios: High Top Releasing, BH Tilt
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 92 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: thematic elements including a crucifixion image
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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