The Shack

Theatrical Release: March 3, 2017
DVD Release: May 30, 2017
The Shack


After the abduction and assumed death of Mackenzie Allen Phillip’s youngest daughter, Missy, Mack receives a letter and has the suspicion it’s from God asking him to return to The Shack where Missy may have been murdered. After contemplating it, he leaves his home to go to The Shack for the first time since Missy’s accident and encounters what will change his life forever.

Dove Review

“The Shack” is a profound and creative way of revealing the unconditional love of God. Mackenzie “Mack” (Sam Worthington) has an encounter with the Holy Trinity at a shack following the death of his beloved daughter. The movie is heartwrenching at times, but it reveals the compassion and mercy of God even during great grief and sorrow. The themes are: forgiveness, compassion, and closure. Mack learns it takes forgiveness, including him forgiving his own abusive father, in order to move on. Mack receives a letter in the mailbox despite there being no tracks in the recently fallen snow. The letter invites him to the shack to meet with the sender, and it is signed “Papa.” And Papa turns out to be a pretty important character!

God is represented in various ways, including as a woman (Octavia Spencer). The dialog and communication in the film is powerful. There is some brief violence, but it is not gratuitous. This film is powerful and gripping and has the potential to change lives. We are delighted to award it our Faith-Friendly Seal for ages 12-plus. “The Shack” will move audiences in a powerful way!

Content Description

Sex: Wife kisses husband's hand while he is in the hospital.
Language: G/OMG-4; idiots-1; H (as a place)-1
Violence: Man beats wife and slaps son; man whips boy with belt in a brief scene; missing girl's dress is found in a shack along with blood; a man winds up in hospital after his truck was hit by a semi.
Drugs: Deacon in a church secretly drinks; boy shown putting poison in his abusive father's alcohol but nothing further is seen regarding this.
Nudity: None.
Other: Tension between characters; man falls on ice, knocking himself out; man saves son after son falls in water and nearly drowns; great grief is shown over a girl that is kidnapped and later found dead; a man has a bad dream about his daughter being taken.


Company: Lionsgate/Summit
Writer: John Fusco, Andrew Lanham, Destin Daniel Cretton am,
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 132 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter