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The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

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.

Watch out for: A nongraphic portrayal of the Crucifixion.

Rated: A-I, general patronage; MPAA: PG

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017