“God’s Not Dead 2” is a movie with a bold statement about holding to one’s faith. All the actors hit the right note. Melissa Joan Hart is wonderful as Grace Wesley, a high school teacher who simply answers a student’s question about Jesus and is promptly challenged by school officials and told to apologize. Enter attorney Tom Endler (Jesse Metcalfe), the public defender who isn’t a Christian but believes that Grace has the right to state her beliefs. In addition, the movie features other sub-plots, such as a young Christian convert’s father who denies his own son when he learns of his conversion and the story of young Brooke Thawley (Hayley Orrantia), the student who asked Grace about Jesus. Brooke also learns that her brother who recently died became a Christian before he died, and this knowledge prompts Brooke to read her brother’s Bible as she searches to know more about Jesus Christ.
The story is witty and, at times, comical and features Pastor Dave (David A.R. White) who starts his day off by stubbing his toe, having coffee spilled on him at the coffee shop, and then spilling his own coffee as he arrives at the church. To end his day, a man stops by the church to discuss God as Dave is leaving, and the man has 147 questions he has written down. The drama picks up as Grace’s case goes to court. The prosecuting attorney for the school, Peter Kane (Ray Wise), believes he will have a fairly easy case. However, God has a few surprises in store for him, even when Pastor Dave, a juror, has to leave due to emergency surgery. The Newsboys make an appearance in the film and perform a song. Pat Boone is also funny as Grace’s grandfather. When she doesn’t want him eating bacon for breakfast, he declares, “Grace, I’m 81 years old. It won’t be bacon that kills me!” This wonderful faith-friendly film is a good movie to take seekers and skeptics to see. It is intelligently written and features a scene with Christian author Lee Strobel, strong directing and performances. It is a quality film. We are pleased to award “God’s Not Dead 2” our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12-plus. Just like the first film, God’s still not dead, and He makes His presence known in this movie. It’s truly inspiring.