“The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” (BH Tilt/High Top)

By Catholic News Service

The parable of the prodigal son gets a soapy Hollywood treatment in this faith-based comedy-drama, directed by Dallas Jenkins.

A washed-up former child star (Brett Dalton) lands in trouble in his hometown, moves back in with his estranged father (Neil Flynn), and must complete 200 hours of community service at a Christian megachurch run by an evangelical pastor (D.B. Sweeney). Despite the initial resistance of its comely director (Anjelah Johnson-Reyes), the actor finds an outlet for his creative energy — and eventually sees the light — through his participation in the church’s passion play.

Andrea Gyerston Nasfell’s script is predictable but sincere, and offers lessons in forgiveness and redemption suitable for all ages. A nongraphic portrayal of the Crucifixion. The Catholic News Service classification is A-I — general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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