(2023) (Joel Courtney, Kelsey Grammer) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: Various people find and participate in a late 1960s Christian movement when a middle-aged pastor invites a hippie evangelist to join his church and help spread the good word.
It's 1968 and Chuck Smith (KELSEY GRAMMER) is a pastor whose Newport Beach, CA-based Calvary Chapel church has seen better days. With dwindling numbers, it needs an infusion of more youthful congregants and he and his wife Kay's (JULIA CAMPBELL) teenage daughter Janette Smith (ALLY IOANNIDES) delivers that when she picks up hippie Lonnie Frisbee (JONATHAN ROUMIE).
He's traveled there to spread the good word and quickly wins over Chuck who has him speak during his service, something that doesn't sit well with the older, stuffy members, but starts drawing in a younger crowd.
At the same time, Greg Laurie (JOEL COURTNEY) is a teenager who lives in a seaside trailer with his single mom (KIMBERLY WILLIAMS-PAISLEY) and attends a local military academy. But he ends up drawn to the hippie lifestyle when he meets Charlie (NICHOLAS CIRILLO) who introduces him to fellow teen Cathe Martin (ANNA GRACE BARLOW). Along with her sister Dodie (MINA SUNDWALL), Cathe has joined the counterculture movement and quickly convinces Greg to come along, helped by the fact that he's romantically drawn to her.
After bad drug incidents, their paths eventually lead them to Lonnie and then Chuck's church that's grown in popularity among the hippie generation. As that unfolds, and as Lonnie starts to believe in his growing prophet status, the various characters must contend with the repercussions of what becomes dubbed the "Jesus Revolution."
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- The true-life story and Christianity angle might draw in some.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For strong drug content involving teens and some thematic elements.
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