It is not a faith based film but there are plenty of moments that are as poignant as any I have seen or heard on a Sunday gathering.
There are several things about the modern Christian church that begs to be made fun of. Not in a mean spirited way but rather shining a spotlight on mannerisms, dress, and personality traits that should cause Christians to laugh loudest. The new comedy BELIEVE ME builds a solid story that takes place within the world of Christian ministry. It is not a faith based film but there are plenty of moments that are as poignant as any I have seen or heard on a Sunday gathering.
Sam (Alex Russell) needs to find some cash and quick. His college scholarship has been tapped out and he needs a bit more to graduate. He talks his three Frat brothers (Miles Fisher, Sinqua Walls, Max Adler) into helping him start a bogus charity in order to raise the money. It sounds a lot like embezzlement but the lads do intend to give a portion of it to a legitimate foundation; after taking what they need off the top. When the fake charity begins to get national attention Sam and the guys have a moral gut check and now must decide how to proceed.
Much of the humor and fun poking comes when the four guys try and blend into the Christian world. They need to study the dress code, worship style, and God-Speak that most believers think as normal.But to the outside world most congregations can seem like a peculiar people who certainly are not of this world. Those who have grown up in the modern church will easily recognize the stereotypes and get a genuine laugh without feeling laughed at.
The heart of the story is full of faith without seeming the least bit preachy. When Sam falls for a young Christian girl he begins to understand, mainly through her conversations with him, how real and strong her belief is. Her faith is as tangible and true as anything he has encountered. The writers create these times of dialouge with such a pure and relevant tone that it does completely capture the passion of young followers of Christ.
You can't have four young men go on this sort of journey without a few disagreements and discussions of right and wrong. The cast gels nicely and and delivers believable lines. Packed with drama, humor and charisma, the film clicks at a nice pace.
Believe Me is rated Rated PG-13 for some language. The language isn't criminal and audiences should find this watchable with very few complaints. I give it3.75 out of 5 bedazzled jeans. Believe me, few films have darkened the church door and delivered such a spot on depiction of its environment.
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