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Family Movie Review: Left Behind (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13        Length: 111 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 12+. No cursing; the discussion of an extramarital affair, the ogling of a woman’s chest, and some sexual tension between a couple of characters, but no actual kissing or otherwise romantic content; a character who is a drug addict and has a small bag of cocaine; and some violence and troubling images, like the disappearance of many people, looting, crashed cars and planes, and the suggestion of lots of death and destruction. This is a Christian film about the Rapture, so be aware that atheists, those of other religions, and even not-fully-committed Christians are not portrayed particularly positively.

‘Left Behind’ raises the question of what would happen to society if the Rapture really occurred. On top of being boring and offensive, the Christianity-based film doesn’t have any answers that aren’t rooted in fear or exclusion.

By Roxana Hadadi

The latest in this year’s long line of Christianity-centered films, “Left Behind” is the kind of movie that wants to thumb its nose at naysayers, silence its critics, and punish them for doubting the legitimacy of its faith. It chooses to do so by suggesting that anyone who doesn’t believe in the premise of this movie would be punished by being left behind by God once the Rapture occurs, and then the movie is about how these people would struggle to survive after the Rapture happened. But in that way, “Left Behind” ties its own hands—by giving us an array of characters that are theoretically terrible people, but that we’re supposed to care about anyway. It’s not a tangible premise.

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