Synopsis: A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.
Release Date: April 16, 2014
Thoughts: The good news here is that this isn’t a sequel to Greg Kinnear’s dreadful 1996 “comedy” Dear God. No, Heaven is for Real looks like the kind of PG-rated schmaltz that won’t do much harm should you happen to find yourself at the theater with nothing to take your mom to. These heavenly movies can be a bit weighty; sacrificing story and character development for the pushing of a message the filmmakers are hell-bent on getting across. Kinnear is a likable actor but has never been someone that demands attention from audiences so it’s nice to see the more interesting Kelly Reilly (snubbed for a Best Supporting Actress last year for her work in Flight) on board as Kinnear’s wife. Aiming to inspire, I’m interested to see if Heaven is for Real can find a balance in its lofty message without resorting to cheap tearjerker ploys.