What parents need to know

Parents need to know that God's Not Dead is an earnest, heavy-handed, faith-based movie that responds to doubts that atheists have about God by way of the film's main character, a college student named Josh. There's no cursing or sex and only social drinking by adults, but there is an accidental death and a scene in which a man hits his daughter. Young kids might find the characters' debates around religion and philosophy confusing and too mature to grasp, though older tweens and teens might admire Josh's ability to stand up for his beliefs.
  • Families can talk about how God's Not Dead relays its specific point of view. What is that perspective? Who is the audience for this movie? How can you tell?
  • Are all movies designed to convince you of something? What's it like to watch a movie that's promoting beliefs different than yours? How does it feel when you identify with a movie's perspective?
  • Did you notice the product placement in the movie?
  • Do you think Josh is a role model? Which aspects of his behavior make him admirable?
POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
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