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"The Work and the Glory: American Zion"

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Theatrical Release: Oct. 21, 2005

Director: Sterling Van Wagenen

Distributor: Excel Entertainment

Although the PG-13 rating will cause some to shy away, the primary reason for this rating is the violence depicted against the central character of Joseph Smith. Other characters are also subjected to acts of violence, none of which are gratuitous or gory.

printing press torn apart, alcoholic beverage bottle broken over man's head, tar and feathering of two supporting characters, tar and feathering of main character, hail and lightning storm where several horses and men fall, out of view is heard a man being whipped, main and supporting characters shackled in a crude jail



"God's Army 2: States of Grace"

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Theatrical Release: Nov. 4, 2005

Director: Richard Dutcher

Distributor: Zion Films/Main Street Movie Co.

I found the storyline complex and thought-provoking. The screenplay was written well and the acting done well enough that I empathized with the characters. The underlying theme is the redemptive power of the Savior. The final scene brought genuine tears to my eyes.

Violence/Gore: 3 murders--the actual point of impacts not displayed but plenty of bloodstains on clothing and nearby objects, 1 suicide attempt showing its aftermath in brief images with bloodied knife and bloodied wrists, 1 vehicular/person collision which shows the impact as a broken windshield looking through the driver's side door frame, two distinct confrontations between gang members and others

Sex/Nudity: A few brief images of bikini-clad young women either playing beach volleyball or walking near the beach, implied fornication where the participants are never shown together in a "bedroom scene" but both are shown remorseful afterwards.

Profanity: two utterances of the h-word referring to the place, two utterances of a young woman referring to herself as a "whore", a gang member using the phrase "[name of deity]-freak!".

Additional Content Comments:

While evil acts are displayed, none of them are endorsed. Rather, they are used as teaching opportunities, one lesson which is while the Savior's atonement is a real power, sin is always followed by a loss of the Spirit. I don't recall seeing any alcohol or tobacco use, either. One of the central characters, a street preacher, refers to his alcoholism and trying to overcome the "bottle".


With the adult-related themes it deals with, I don't recommend anyone under the younger teenage years viewing it. If you're an older teenager or adult, however, and would like to understand a little better the injunction to mourn with those that mourn and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, then I highly recommend it.



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