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The Shack is a 2017 Christian film based on a book of the same name. The plot centers around a man named Mackenzie, whose already distant relationship with God becomes further strained when an unspeakable tragedy strikes his family, so the Almighty himself invites him to the titular shack for a face-to-face meeting.

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  • Abusive Parents: Mackenzie's abusive father is the reason he has difficulty viewing God the Father as a benevolent figure. The fact that his father was a church elder makes the situation worse.
  • Adult Fear: Mackenzie has his little girl kidnapped and killed by a Serial Killer.
  • All Just a Dream: At the end of the movie Mackenzie wakes up in the same shack where Missy had been killed.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Mackenzie has found his belief in God, he forgives his father and the killer for what they have done, and the family has their happy ending. However, Missy is dead and the killer is a Karma Houdini who receives no justice for what he did to her.
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  • Divine Race Lift: "Sarayu" is Asian. "Papa" is usually a black woman, but also takes the form of a Native American man.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: "Papa" explicitly takes the form of a woman because S/He knows that Mackenzie can't relate well to a father at the moment.
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason behind Mackenzie's disbelief of God is because of his abusive father.
  • Karma Houdini: The serial killer that murdered Missy gets away with the murders with no consequences for his actions. Averted in the book when it's revealed that they were able to find him and arrest him.
    • Also, Mackenzie gets away with poisoning his father at the age of 13.
  • Pet the Dog: Mackenzie's father got one of these by apologizing to him on Mackenzie's third day in Heaven.

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