Drama


The Case for Christ (2017)


MPAA Rating:
PG
Genre:
Drama
Runtime:
112 mins
Stars:
Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, Robert Forster
Director:
Jon Gunn
Producer:
Brian Bird, David de Vos, Elizabeth Hatcher-Travis, Karl Horstmann, Brittany Lefebvre, Michael Scott, David A.R. White, Alysoun Wolfe

Content at a Glance

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Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
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0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
0

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
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1
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

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none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
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Sex


no objectionable scenes.

Language


mild.

Violence


a medical doctor gives a graphic description of jesus being flogged and the injuries that were created, and we see images and paintings of the violent crucifixion lee drives drunk. when he arrives home drunk, they argue, and he pushes over a potted plant in anger; their daughter sees all the fuss, he sends her to her room and later tries to make amends; hicks, the accused criminal, is seen in the hospital after having been badly beaten.

Drugs


lee is a beer drinker and on several occasions we see him drinking. other characters are seen drinking/toasting champagne, and a few characters smoke cigarettes.

Nudity


none.

Other


lee and his father are estranged, and he is disrespectful when they visit.


Trailer



Synopsis

Based on the true story of an award-winning investigative journalist—and avowed atheist—who applies his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife… with unexpected, life-altering results.


Movie Message

The “Case for Christ” was worth the wait. Set in 1980s Chicago, the adaptation of Lee and Leslie Strobel’s story of life-changing faith gives us a multi-dimensional and compelling narrative along with a high quality entertainment experience. The film, a well-crafted exploration of the famous efforts of award-winning journalist Lee Strobel to disprove the viability of Christianity, delivers genuine emotional and intellectual journeys of a marriage, a professional investigation and an agonizing father-son reckoning. “Facts are our greatest weapon against superstition and tyranny,” Strobel asserts as he confidently embarks on his quest. His character portrayed by Mike Vogel is driven by an unresolved anger and a confidence based more on his intellectual comfort than the nagging truth in his heart.

The investigative process takes Strobel into conversations with a series of brilliantly portrayed experts as he pieces together the questions, conflicts and ultimately the answers to his impossible dilemma. How could this whole idiotic thing be real? These pivotal characters are well-placed scene-stealers. Their roles carry the depth of the frustrating facts—the challenge of the logic—but also because they’re played by the likes of Faye Dunnaway, Tom Nowicki and Robert Forster. This great cast keeps us glued as the dimensions of Strobel’s conflicts start to collide. While Strobel battles through his desire to get his “old wife” back, he’s also riding high on his success as a journalist. He’s given an assignment for which his confidence in his assumptions earns him great satisfaction of his role in convicting an accused cop-shooter. But as with the complex criminal case that takes a twist he didn’t see, so does the puzzle of the resurrection of Jesus.

It is the well-orchestrated revealing of his own biases that becomes his undoing, and through that awakening, he is able to see with fresh vision; with a new heart. Leslie Strobel is portrayed by Ericka Christensen and probably the most beautiful aspect of the movie is to see her kind, strong and unwavering love for her husband, even though it’s a great and painful challenge to her new faith. The film elevates Leslie’s role to the right heights, and their commitment to each other is an inspirational sacrificial love.

Dove recommends this movie, and we encourage you to take your friends who have doubts and questions about the faith. Let the conversations begin!

For Ages 12 And Over

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