God's Army

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2

This very believable, engrossing drama is the fictional story of a 19-year-old Mormon man, Brandon Allen (Matthew Brown), serving his time as a missionary in Los Angeles. He rooms with several other male Mormon missionaries and interacts with female Mormon missionaries also serving in Los Angeles. His hard driving mentor, Marcus Dalton (Writer/ Director Richard Dutcher), pushes Brandon relentlessly in his assignment to win Mormon converts. Together, they go door to door and witness on the streets. Although frequently rejected, they pray for and teach those willing to listen to them. But it isnt all work, and they share many fun times together as well as intimate feelings and form strong friendships. GODS ARMY is well written and has strong emotional impact. In limited theatrical distribution, the film is doing fairly well and earning good reviews where it shows.

This appealing drama is obviously meant to win sympathy and support for Mormonism. Some of the missionaries share how they came to believe in Mormonism and more than once they proclaim the truth and validly of their Mormon beliefs. In an effort to further bolster Mormonism, one of the missionaries is portrayed as having serious doubts and points out the criticism and accusations made against Mormonism. In an outburst of rage, though, Dalton screams out that all the criticism are stupid and insists they have all been effectively answered. While the film strongly implies that Mormons are Christians, there is much debate among Christians on this subject. PREVIEW has a great deal of respect for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and their adherence to traditional values. Members of the Mormon church subscribe to PREVIEW, and we certainly feel that they have the right to promote their beliefs in films. We have recommended films that present other religions in a neutral fashion, but we also ascribe to traditional, evangelical Christian beliefs and theology. Therefore, we are not able to recommend GODS ARMY for its strong endorsement of Mormonism.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Zion Films - Utah, no address given

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Once - Mild slang (Jeez)

Violence: Implied once - Scene of young crippled man who has been severely beaten

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times Mild (prostitutes on street act and dress seductively, young man attracted to prostitutes, scantily clad woman pictured on billboard)

Drugs: Implied marijuana smoking by prostitutes

Other: Men photographed on toilet as joke, Mormons pray and read Bible, Mormonism portrayed favorably and said to be true, young crippled man healed)

Running Time: 107 minutes
Intended Audience: Persons 6 years and older

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