The Resurrection of Gavin Stone – Movie Review and Recommendation

I’ve been hearing buzz about The Resurrection of Gavin Stone for sometime. Then I saw the trailer and knew I had to see it. Last week I was invited to screen it, and I can honestly say that it’s every bit as good as the trailer promises.

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is an inspirational comedy  about faith and forgiveness. Gavin Stone, a washed-up former child star, is forced to do community service at a local mega-church and pretends to be Christian so he can land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.

Everything about this movie is done right. Director Dallas Jenkins has done an excellent job of pulling together a master cast and crew and sharing faith in a manner that will hopefully speak to the masses. The writing is crisp and funny. The acting is authentic and believable.  The cinematography is attractive and polished. This movie looks like Hollywood. The only difference is the Christian worldview. The church and Christians are showed as flawed but kind and caring. And Gavin, although far from a Christian at the beginning, is showed as endearing and worthy of love. There’s depth in this movie.

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

The entire time I was watching The Resurrection of Gavin Stone I kept thinking how much it reminded me of Mom’s Night Out. Then when I checked it out on IMDb, I discovered why. It’s written by the same screenwriter, Andrea Gyertson Nasfell.  She is the master of comedy writing and of capturing the human condition in film. While I could easily relate to the church characters (and could laugh at their silliness), I also feel that non christians will be able to relate as well. It’s a fish out of water story where the fish learns to understand and appreciate his new world.

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone releases to theaters January 20. If it comes to your local theater, I would highly encourage you to check it out.

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About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a popular media guest, award-winning female filmmaker, and women’s ministry leader, whose faith-based films have screened in theaters, festivals, and churches around the world, and on multiple television networks. Sharon has recently taken over as women's ministry director at her church. Her passion is to lead prayer retreats, engaging women of all ages to pray with each other, for each other, praying with expectation.


  1. Nice article! Thanks for doing it Sharon. Excellent trailer – great camera work and acting! I sure would liked to have been part of that film and worked with Dallas. Can hardly wait to see the movie:-)


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