The Plugged In Show, Episode 97: A Look at the God’s Not Dead Franchise and a Conversation with Francesca Battistelli

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When the first God’s Not Dead movie hit theaters in 2014, it was a revelation. Focusing on a battle of wits between a Christian college student and his atheist professor, the film was made for a modest $2 million—and earned more than four times that amount in its first weekend in theaters. After banking a massive $64.7 million, the first GND film proved that a Christian film could be a box-office force.

Secular critics, though, were less enthused. It holds a 12% “freshness” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

With God’s Not Dead: We the People coming to theaters (via Fandango) Oct. 4, we thought it was a good time to talk about the new movie, the franchise, and the Christian movie industry as a whole. Our own Adam Holz also had a chance to talk with one of GND4’s stars, musical artist Francesca Battistelli, about her role in the film.

So before you head to the theaters, listen to our team. And tell us what you thought about the previous God’s Not Dead movies on Facebook, Instagram or via email ([email protected]). Or you could even let us know in the comments section in this very blog. And as always, check out these links below.

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Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

2 Responses

  1. -God’s not Dead one to three are some of my favorite movies of all time not just Christian films, so I was especially disheartened to find out it would only be playing for three days period, and not on a Friday Saturday and Sunday either which would make way more sense, no it has to be on a Monday Tuesday Wednesday which makes completely no sense at all. I excitedly saw all three in the theaters and dearly loved each and every one of them, so to have the fourth film be like this is just plain wrong and whoever came up with it should be fired.

  2. -Now I find out virtual screenings of it will be available for twenty bucks a household or twenty bucks per ticket. You have to create an account and everything. Why they just couldn’t expand the movie to play in theaters for a week or two more is beyond me though. I really wanted to see it on the big screen but only on the weekends and only for matinee prices, not on my dinky little flat screen tv where I watch television shows on. Stupid stupid stupid.

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