Reviewed by: Veronica Garnett—first time reviewer
people who pretend to be followers of Christ
discovering what is truly important in life
|Featuring:||Brett Dalton … Gavin Stone
Anjelah Johnson-Reyes … Kelly Richardson
Shawn Michaels … Doug
Neil Flynn … Waylon Stone
D.B. Sweeney … Pastor Allen Richardson
Tim Frank … John Mark
Christopher Maleki … Mike Meara
Liam Matthews … Charles
Kirk B.R. Woller … Jack Roth
|Director:||Dallas Jenkins—“What If…” (2010), “Hometown Legend” (2002), “Once We Were Slaves” (2014), “Midnight Clear” (2006)|
High Top Releasing
“If church can change him, it will be a miracle.”
“The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” is an absolute must see! I am already looking forward to seeing it again, as I write this review. If you are already a Christian, you will appreciate many humorous scenes, and you will find yourself smiling and laughing. Gavin (Brett Dalton—who played Grant Ward on the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV series) is a struggling and out of work actor with some bad boy behavior. He finds himself having to do 200 hours of community service at a church in his hometown.
He isn’t exactly the church going type. One scene in particular is prior to Gavin being allowed to audition for the role of Jesus; he has to share his testimony, which is very funny, because he doesn’t have one and has to wing it. Having an audition scene within a movie can be awkward, but this is done brilliantly and with humor. The “talent” are the members of the congregation who cannot act, and it’s quite obvious.
Gavin is quickly accepted into the group by three guys who portray Christian outreach by inviting him to hang out with them and have a pizza. They share info with him about the play’s director and pastor’s daughter (Anjelah Johnson-Reyes). Gavin decides he must learn some Christian etiquette to impress her, so he shows up at Sunday service dressed as a “christian” in what he perceives is the right outfit for church and proceeds to greet everyone saying “blessings,” which comes off funny.
The movie continues to come together very nicely with a friendship developing between Gavin and and the cast, until he hears from his Hollywood agent, letting him know that he has to return to Los Angeles for a TV show that shoots immediately.
There will be tears in the ending scenes of this movie, because it is emotionally powerful and truly moving. This is a must see for everyone, as it will have a lasting impact on your life.
Violence: Minor / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: Mild
• Official church resources for this film: thisiswhatwedo.church
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…a sunny, positive portrayal… It’s much lighter than most faith-based films, and it isn’t afraid to poke some fun at cultural stereotypes, including its own. …[2/4]
—Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
…it ultimately delivers many laughs without a lot of the preachy or cheesy moments one might find in other independent, faith-based movies. It’s good, clean fun with a terrific, inspiring message that many audiences will enjoy.
—Ted Baehr, Movieguide
…This genial religious-themed dramedy is refreshingly lacking in preachiness. …
—Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
…Jesus’ teachings are also poignantly reinforced by the lives of the people Gavin meets at church. Those regular folks are not perfect. …But Gavin gradually realizes how having a relationship with Christ has helped them become people who give grace… [4½/5]
—Adam R. Holz, Plugged In
…a family-friendly crowd pleaser. It's hard to imagine anyone in its intended audience of American Christian movie fans…coming out of the theater unhappy. …very easy-to-sit-through… [3/5]
—Shawn McEvoy, Crosswalk
…“Gavin Stone” goes exactly where it’s expected. But it has a genial and good-natured time getting there. [3/5]
—Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
…A predictable yet pleasant faith-based dramedy about a former child star who gets a shot at redemption. …
—Joe Leydon, Variety
…almost breaks free from faith-based formula…
—Luke Y. Thompson, Forbes
…an earnest drama… the movie's sincerity will deliver the uplift this movie's target audience is seeking. 
—Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune