In 2007, author William P. Young published The Shack, a best-selling novel about grief, guilt, and God. Ten years later, it was turned into a movie starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and Tim McGraw. You'll never guess which ones plays God.
The plot centers around Mack (Worthington), an American dad with an Australian accent who lost his daughter to a serial killer. Years later, he's still struggling, but things take a turn when he gets a letter from the Lord. The Almighty wants Mack to visit the cabin where his daughter was murdered, and once Mack arrives, he's greeted by Jesus (Avraham Aviv Alush), the Holy Spirit (Sumire Matsubara), and God the Father (Spencer), also known as "Papa." The four spend the rest of the movie hashing over Mack's issues, working their way toward forgiveness and happiness, and breezing past the fact that Mack murdered his own dad.
No, seriously. That happens.
If you're looking for deep truths about religion, you might be better served checking out Silence or Cavalry, as The Shack was described by Geoffrey Macnab as "happy-clappy, New-Age-Christian propaganda." Owen Gleiberman summed it up as "a Hallmark-card therapy session," while Peter Bradshaw was offended by the film's "kiddiespeak theology." You won't find any answers to life's big questions here (unless you wanted to know if God is a Neil Young fan), but on the other hand, you will get to see Sam Worthington race Jesus in a supernatural sprint across a lake. So there's that.