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Heaven Is for Real (2014)

PG | | Drama | 16 April 2014 (USA)
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A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.

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This is the story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. His son Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth... things he couldn't possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event. Written by Sony Pictures Publicity

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,522,221 (USA) (18 April 2014)

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$91,443,253 (USA) (8 August 2014)
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Margo Martindale, who plays Nancy Rawling, appeared in other history about afterlife, TV series A Gifted Man (2011). See more »

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Sonja begins the movie holding a baby girl's dress. Later in the movie, Sonja questions Colton on the little girl he met in Heaven that said she was his sister. She asked what the girl's name was, and Colton told Sonja that she never got a name (as she miscarried months before her birth). Sonja explained that they didn't name her because they didn't know if it was a girl or boy...but the dress from early in the movie shows that Sonja was pining over a baby girl. See more »

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Todd Burpo: Is heaven a hope? Or as real as the earth and sky? I once asked my grandfather that question. And he said by the time he knew the answer, it would be too late for him to tell me. The day would come when I asked that question again, staring into the eyes of my son.
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Not overly religious and not preachy - which is a very good thing.
21 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm very spiritual but not very religious. This movie does an excellent job of sharing important information about the very real issues that near death experiences (NDEs) bring up. All the NDE stories have certain similarities and a judgmental God is not part of them at all. Religion doesn't matter either. All that matters is love for one another. IMO.

Those last few sentences were preacher than this whole movie -- which is a very good thing. It is very tough to tell a spiritual story without being preachy, but this movie does it very well.

If you have the slightest interest, you will enjoy this movie. Is it perfect? No, nothing is, but this movie is pretty good.

8 out of 10 stars. Acting is good too. Kudos to all involved in the production.

Epilogue: There's an odd phenomena happening with any movie that is religious or potentially religious, like this film. They get a lot of 1-star ratings. I'm certain these come from zealots. Mostly, I suspect they are militant atheists who think belief in God is the root of all of mankind's problems. I'm talking about the disciples of Richard Dawkins here. I'll bet serious money that most of the 1-star reviewers never saw the movie.

With a movie like this one there is another potential source of 1-star reviews, fundamentalists who like their religious ideas literal and straight from the bible. Those folks will not like this movie at all. Real spirituality is complicated.


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