Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 100 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 10+. The film is about a child who claims to visit Heaven during a surgery procedure, so there is mention of people dying; passed-away relatives; a miscarriage; and just the general topic of death. Also some minor injuries (a broken leg, kidney stones); some bullying among young children; and some kissing between a husband and wife. It’s a very niche movie, but for religious families who have already read the book, the film seems to be a faithful adaptation.
‘Heaven is for Real’ is a very niche movie made for mainstream audiences, which means a surprisingly nuanced performance from lead actor Greg Kinnear. But if you can’t believe this allegedly true story of a child visiting Heaven and meeting Jesus on a rainbow horse, then this movie is not in any way for you.
By Roxana Hadadi
“Heaven is for Real” is a movie that is very clear about its intentions. It is based on the bestselling Christian book “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back,” written by Pastor Todd Burpo and author Lynn Vincent (who also wrote Sarah Palin’s memoir, if that matters to you), in which Burpo tells the story of how his 4-year-old son visited Heaven during an emergency surgery. He definitely went to Heaven, he definitely met Jesus, and he definitely came back to Earth to spread the good Christian word. If you can’t believe that, then you shouldn’t bother with “Heaven is for Real.”