The Gospel

2005 PG 1h 51m DVD

The Gospel

2005 PG 1h 51m DVD
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Returning to his father's church after turning his back on God, a young singer (Boris Kodjoe) makes an unpleasant discovery: His childhood nemesis (Idris Elba) has a "new vision" for the congregation. Writer-director Rob Hardy helms this inspiring drama based on the biblical parable of "The Prodigal Son" featuring the music of Yolanda Adams, Martha Munizzi, Delores "Mom" Winans and "American Idol" finalist Tamyra Gray.
Boris Kodjoe, Idris Elba, Tamyra Gray, Clifton Powell, Omar Gooding, Nona Gaye, Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Aloma Wright, Donnie McClurkin, Keshia Knight Pulliam
Rob Hardy
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this film includes two scenes showing parents' deaths, and ongoing discussions about how to cope with such loss and the resulting anger and sadness. The film includes mildly sexual images (a husband and wife appear in bed together) and early on, an R&B dance performance featuring gyrating bodies. Focused on family tensions, the film includes various scenes showing discord between father and son, husband and wife, a couple trying to get back together, and former best friends. In an early scene, characters briefly smoke, dance suggestively, and drink in a red-lit nightclub. Later, in despair, a character drinks alone in his home, then while he is driving.

Sexual Content

Some sexual language and imagery (in an R&B concert, in a married couple's bedroom); no sex per se.


Two scenes showing parents' deaths.


Very mild.

Social Behavior

Some greed, some family tensions, competition and arguments between childhood friends.


Thematic, in the sense that characters consider how to expand and essentially, "sell" the church.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some drinking and smoking, clearly framed as self-destructive behavior.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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