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‘In the Name of God’ ~ CFDb Movie Review & Recommendation

‘In the Name of God’ ~
CFDb Movie Review & Recommendation


In the Name of God

Years of bouncing from one foster care home to another have left Mason Jones (Patrick Davis) feeling unwanted and unloved. When the 17-year-old moves in with the Lewis family (Pete Freeland & Robyn Lively), they seem just like all of his previous foster parents: middle-aged, one child, and called by God to his change his life. However, unlike the others, the Lewis family is determined to keep Mason around, despite the initial wishes of their son, Nate, who views taking Mason into their home as an attempt to replace their deceased son and brother, Jack.

With zero chances left and no other options than being locked up in juvenile detention, Mason starts attending a court mandated support group. There, he finds a surprise ally in the pastor’s daughter, Lacey (Jeannette Grout), and learns important life lessons about humility, respect, and fresh starts.


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I REALLY enjoyed this film.  What a powerful message of love, forgiveness and grace.  Here were some highlights:

  • Very unique beginning while the credits were starting.
  • No matter what has happened to you in this life, that’s bad, BUT that’s NOT who you are.
  • Heartbreaking story that is so similar to so many children in this country that are stuck being moved from foster home to foster home, and a lot of the times because the family really just doesn’t have love and patience for the actual foster child.  (They seem to be treated more like pets than people)
  • Just because something is difficult, it doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing.
  • How much is a soul truly worth?
  • Hard work – a really special gift and makes you feel great at the end of the day like you’ve accomplished something.
  • Nice surprise scene that happened while at the group session.
  • Loved the patience and kindness of the mom/dad.  Firm, yet loving.

This is a film that will cause you to think about how much you truly love others and may even inspire you to want to look into fostering.


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Garrett, who played Nate, in this movie was my favorite character in this film.  It is so realistic for a child to NOT want to have their parents foster a teenager especially and he had specific reasons for not wanting it.  I loved the way he changed his attitude and how he used a lot of humor to break through some tough exterior.  It was a joy watching the changes to Nate, as well as Mason.

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  1. 28 December 14, 11:13am

    It was such a privilege to be Ruby in the film “in the Name of God” and working with Eric Roberts, Patrick Davis, Robyn Lively. A touching film of love and caring can change the hearts.

  2. Debbie Bayley says
    03 April 15, 3:21pm

    Annelie obviously didn’t take the time to watch the movie – or she would have known that it was the younger son, Nate (Nathan), who objected to his parents taking in a foster child – not a younger daughter, Natalie (it’s truly a shame to find someone took such a shortcut just in order to post a review here). I was a foster-child and was blessed to have had two long-term foster homes. This movie was very special and I appreciated the changes that took place – not only in Mason, but especially in Nate & Ruby – as well as the group. Forgiveness and second chances and love – are things to be treasured.

  3. Annelie says
    04 April 15, 7:49pm

    The review is at the end of the post – the beginning is the synopsis of the film that we copy and paste from IMDb or from the film company. I loved this film and made a comment about the boy Nate at the bottom. I hope you read the actual review so you will see I definitely saw the movie. I just double checked the back of the film cover and they’ve changed the synopsis so I will change it as well.


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