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God's Not Dead 2


Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, David A.R. White, Ernie Hudson, Hayley Orrantia, Robin Givens, Fred Dalton Thompson, Marie Canals-Barrera, Sadie Robertson, Pat Boone, Ray Wise

Director: Harold Kronk

It would appear that God’s Not Dead was released in Britain in April 2014.

After sitting through this saccharine sequel (I can only assume the original must have made money – either that or maybe its producers possess limitless bank accounts) I am deeply grateful at having missed the first film.

The central storyline (courtesy of screenwriters Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon) finds Little Rock, Arizona, high school history teacher Melissa Joan Hart in deep trouble after she violates the need for “separation of church and state” in her class by bringing Christ into a discussion involving Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.

School district officials insist she apologise. She refuses and, with union-appointed lawyer Jesse Metcalfe to defend her, she goes on trial with her job and her beliefs under no-holds-barred attack by anti-Christian civil rights lawyer Ray Wise, determined to bring her – and her faith – down…

The central courtroom drama is overlong, utterly predictable and lacks the genre impact of even the most mediocre made-for-television movie.

Alan Frank

USA 2014. UK Distributor: Kaleidoscope. Colour.
115 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: PG.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 01 Sep 2016

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