(2016) (Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A high school history teacher gets into trouble and eventually goes to court over discussing Jesus in her class.
- Grace Wesley (MELISSA JOAN HART) is a high school history teacher who's taking care of her elderly grandfather, Walter (PAT BOONE), when not teaching students such as Brooke Thawley (HAYLEY ORRANTIA). She's a junior who's concerned that her free-thinker parents, Richard (CAREY SCOTT) and Catherine (MARIA CANALS-BARRERA), have moved on too quickly following the accidental death of Brooke's brother six months ago.
When Grace answers a question Brooke has in class about whether one could compare Jesus to Martin Luther King, Jr. and briefly opines about Christianity, another student texts out a comment about the exchange. That not only lands Grace in hot water with the teachers' union rep, Mrs. Rizzo (NATALIE CANERDAY), and Principal Kinney (ROBIN GIVENS), but also the school board that threatens to fire her.
Her lawyer, Tom Endler (JESSE METCALFE), fresh from the public defender's office and never having worked on a case like this, isn't a believer like Grace, but hates to lose. When she refuses to admit any sort of guilt, the case is sent to court under the watchful eye of Judge Robert Stennis (ERNIE HUDSON), where Tom ends up battling prosecutor Peter Kane (RAY WISE) who's determined not only to defeat Grace, but also God.
Among those called to serve on the jury is Pastor Dave (DAVID A.R. WHITE) who -- when not answering questions about God and Christ from exchange student Martin Yip (PAUL KWO) -- has his missionary pastor friend Rev. Jude (BENJAMIN ONYANGO) stand in for him. At the same time, blogger Amy Ryan (TRISHA LaFACHE) must contend with questioning her faith now that she's cancer free and seemingly no longer needs Jesus on her side.
As the case wears on, Kane does everything in his power to prove Grace's guilt, all while Tom tries to make a case about the validity of Jesus as well as the inability to separate a person from their faith in the workplace.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they liked the first film, they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For some thematic elements.
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