Soul - 2020

Soul - 2020
Movie Info

Rating: PG


Age-appropriateness: many depictions of a "before" and an "afterlife" that are inconsistent with God's Word; the concept of death and the afterlife are explored


Overview: A musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself. Joe discovers the truth about his life purpose. He recognizes ways to truly live in everyday moments.


Themes: souls, music, mentorship, passion, death, heaven, personalities, perseverance, art, purpose

The Quick 3

Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.

1. Souls. How do you think the souls in the movie compare to reality and what actually happens with our souls?

  • This movie described what happens to our "souls" in lots of different ways. Most of the story's ideas of souls, the beforelife, and the afterlife are different than what's described in God's Word.


2. Passion. What are you most passionate about in life? Have you ever felt like you were "in the zone"?

  • Joe gets "in the zone" while playing the piano in the jazz band. He loses track of time and is fully caught up in the moment, experiencing pure bliss as he performs. Getting into a flow can feel like you're in another place. Jazz music is Joe's passion; it's where Joe most feels like he's "in the zone". Passion is a strong feeling or emotion.


3. Purpose. How would you explain your life's purpose? What do you think it means to "glorify God is whatever you do"?

  • Jerry explained that a spark isn't your life's purpose. A hobby or a passion isn't someone's meaning for life. 22 thought that she might not have any purpose. Our life's purpose goes beyond what we enjoy and what we're good at. Life's meaning isn't found in our grand accomplishments, but rather how we spend our days of "regular old living". We were created to worship God and glorify Him forever. 1 Corinthians 10:31b says, "whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

  • Check out this article on How to Talk to Your Child About Their Purpose/Calling.

After The Movie Discussion Guide

Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.

1. This movie described what happens to our "souls" in lots of different ways. Most of the story's ideas of souls, the beforelife, and the afterlife are different than what's described in God's Word (a few examples of what the film depicts are listed below). How do you think the souls in the movie compare to reality and what actually happens with our souls?

  • Jerry is a transcendent being, who is described as "the coming together of all quantized fields of the universe". Jerry appears in a form that souls are able to see and understand.

  • The Great Before is a "beforelife" where new souls get their personality.

  • The Great Beyond is the afterlife.

  • Human bodies are in a holding pattern: not dead yet, but separated from their souls.

  • Mentors are matched with a "soulmate".

  • Getting "in the zone" is described as the space between physical and spiritual.

  • Moonwind is a mystic devoted to helping the lost souls of Earth find their way.

  • Souls are capable of switching bodies. Souls can even inhabit animals.


2. Jerry explained that a spark isn't your life's purpose. A hobby or a passion isn't someone's meaning for life. 22 thought that she might not have any purpose. Our life's purpose goes beyond what we enjoy and what we're good at. Life's meaning isn't found in our grand accomplishments, but rather how we spend our days of "regular old living". We were created to worship God and glorify Him forever. 1 Corinthians 10:31b says, "whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." How would you explain your life's purpose? What do you think it means to "glorify God is whatever you do"?


3. After he falls through a manhole in the street, Joe experiences the afterlife. What questions do you have about the afterlife that Joe experienced? What parts do you think are true and are things we might experience, as well?


4. Joe is worried about dying before he's able to perform in the biggest gig of his life. He thought he had more to accomplish and that his life ended far too early. Have you ever known anyone to die far too early? Why do you think bad things happen to good people?


5. Moonwind explained how being "in the zone" isn't too different from being a lost soul. Being "in the zone" is enjoyable, but when that behavior becomes an obsession, people lose their way and become disconnected with life. Can you think of an example of someone becoming obsessed with something they enjoy, to the point of them being disconnected with life?


6. Joe sees that new souls receive their personalities at the You Seminar. They receive a personality and then travel to Earth. God created you perfectly and there is no one on Earth just like you. Psalm 139:13-14 says, "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." How would you describe the personality that God gave you?


7. Joe volunteers to be a mentor. He is matched with a "soulmate": a new soul named "22.". Have you ever had a grown up in your life that came alongside you to encourage you and teach you new things?

Minute By Minute Guide

Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.

:04 Joe gets a full-time teaching offer, but he's conflicted because he wants to follow his heart's true passion: to be a jazz musician and performer. His mother tells him that teaching is more realistic and has a higher need. Has anyone ever tried to discourage you from doing things you love to do? Have you ever felt like your dreams and desires weren't realistic?


:08 Joe gets "in the zone" while playing the piano in the jazz band. He loses track of time and is fully caught up in the moment, experiencing pure bliss as he performs. Getting into a flow can feel like you're in another place. Jazz music is Joe's passion; it's where Joe most feels like he's "in the zone". Passion is a strong feeling or emotion. What are you most passionate about in life? Have you ever felt like you were "in the zone"?


:14 Joe wonders if he is in heaven or in hell. What do you think those places look like and feel like?


:19 Mentors are instructed to help new, young souls find their "spark". A spark is some sort of inspiration that someone experiences while they're on Earth. While our personality is largely informed by how God wired us, we are also influenced by our life experiences. For Joe, his "spark" is the piano. What do you think your "spark" is?


:24 During his life, Joe experienced a lot of rejections during jazz auditions. Time and time again, Joe tried to succeed in these jazz auditions. He refused to give up on his passion. He says that he refuses to live a meaningless life. Perseverance is the ability to get through difficult tasks. Do you find it difficult to persevere when things don't turn out as you'd hoped?


:31 Moonwind sees a lost soul and says, "Some people just can't let go of their own anxieties and obsessions, leaving them lost and disconnected from life." This particular lost soul was wrapped up in his work: becoming obsessed and making it the most important thing in his life. Have you ever felt disconnected from life?


:45 Dorothea saw Joe in a hospital gown and called someone else to fill in his spot for the gig. Have you ever been passed over for something important? How does that feel?


:55 Joe goes to the barber shop, where he asks about Dez's life for the first time. Because 22 was in Joe's body, 22 was able to find out that Dez actually wanted to be a veterinarian. When you're with other people, do you ask questions about their life, or do you only talk about yourself?


1:02 Joe honestly tells his mother how he feels. He wants to pursue his dreams and he really wants her support. He says that music is his reason for living. What do you think is your reason for living? What are your biggest dreams that you'd like to pursue?


1:06 22 becomes vulnerable and admits that she worries that she wouldn't be good enough for living. Like something was wrong with her. 22 wants to find her purpose in life. Have you ever wondered if you wouldn't be good enough?


1:27 Joe gives up his "Earth Pass" so that 22 could go on and live. He found purpose in allowing others to experience life to the fullest. Jesus did something very similar for us. On the cross, Jesus was willing to give up his "Earth Pass" (his life as a human) so that our sins would be paid for. Through Jesus, we can experience forgiveness and we get to spend forever in the best "Great Beyond" ever = heaven! Jesus died, so that we might live. How does this impact the way you view Jesus? Why do you think Jesus gave you His "Earth Pass"?