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God's Not Dead (2014)

 -  Drama  -  21 March 2014 (USA)
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College philosophy professor Mr. Radisson's curriculum is challenged by his new student, Josh, who believes God exists.

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Radisson finds the topic of religion painful because his Christian mother died when he was 12, though he had prayed and begged God to spare her life. This may be what led him to study philosophy so in depth that he ultimately became a philosophy professor, but his desire to now avoid the topic of religion does not mesh well with his career as a philosophy professor. His anger at God has him requesting his students quote Friedrich Nietzsche and, in exchange, he promises to allow them to skip the chapter on religion. This is not the only clue the movie makers give that they have read atheist material extensively. Radisson tells Josh that if he won't reach a consensus with the class, he must prove God is not dead. Radisson had already explained this was a metaphor and, taken in the context of Nietzsche's point, Josh does an excellent job of proving this. Radisson promises Josh that he will keep his comments to a minimum (Radisson won't debate Josh), though Josh begins his argument ... Written by rdnyscott

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"What do you believe?"

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Rated PG for thematic material, brief violence and an accident scene | See all certifications »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,244,641 (USA) (21 March 2014)

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$60,753,735 (USA) (1 August 2014)
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From an interview with Producer, Michael Scott: "I'll never forget the night we shot one scene where we were creating rain and had the actors dressed in their clothes, but underneath they had to wear wetsuits just to stay warm!" See more »

Goofs

The Chinese student Martin Yip spoke Cantonese on the phone to his father in China. The father spoke Mandarin. These are two entirely different and mutually unintelligible dialects. It's as if a son were speaking Spanish to his dad while dad replied only in Italian. See more »

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Reverend Dave: [In the Church, Josh is sitting in a Pew, when the Preacher walks in] Waiting for someone?
Josh Wheaton: Yeah, you could say that. It looks like he's out at the moment.
Reverend Dave: Well, maybe that's why he sent me.
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At the end of the film, the concert attendees are asked to text the phrase "God's Not Dead" to every contact on their phone. The credits then read, "Join the movement Text everyone you know", inviting the movie audience to do the same. See more »

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God's Not Dead Review
2 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

God's Not Dead is an interesting film that revolves around Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) and his struggle when he is challenged to convince his extreme atheist professor, Professor Radisson, and the rest of his atheist classmates that God is not dead. This film keeps the audience entertained by providing many other side plots. One example is a story about a young atheist, who is diagnosed with cancer and follows her journey to come to terms with her fate and find Christianity. My favorite part of the movie is its theme of showing that one shouldn't force anything on anyone, which is why Josh chose to stand up for himself. I felt like Josh supports this theme, but he never proved that God was real. The biggest problem that I had with the movie is that it seems to make Christianity sound like the best religion by having all of the atheists and people of other religions in the movie seems like total jerks or have something bad happen to them. Professor Radisson, an atheist, seems like a jerk because they constantly have him threatening to ruin Josh's career, and ends up getting hit by a car. They also make the father of a Muslim girl a terrible person because he hits and kicks out his daughter for wanting to be Christian. At the end of the movie, they also showed a message telling the audience to send 'God's not dead' to all of the contacts in their phone. I understand that this movie is meant for Christian audiences but it was still overly biased. Overall, I enjoyed the plot of the movie and its theme. However, I felt as if it was trying to force Christianity on me. I would recommend this movie to any Christians, who firmly believe in their faith, but for people of other religions, I would stay away from it.


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