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Release Date: April 08, 1994

Starring: Patricia Arquette, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tate Donavan, & Armin Mueller-Stahl

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers & adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 105 minutes

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(B, C, LL, S, V) Biblical worldview with scripture references and a strong witness set in a comedy; 7 obscenities & 8 profanities; disreputable couple live together, but then marry for convenience in Hutterite religious colony; and, slapstick violence in couple arguing & in chase scenes.

Summary:

In HOLY MATRIMONY, Havana and Peter seek refuge from the law in a Canadian Hutterite religious colony. Peter dies in a car crash, and his twelve-year-old brother, Zeke, is forced by biblical injunction to marry Havana. Appearing (at first) to make a mockery of marriage and of Christianity, HOLY MATRIMONY settles down after a while and makes some striking points in favor of Christianity as Havana is transformed through Zeke's witness. Salted with Scripture, the film pace is good, and the movie's comedic aspects are enjoyable.

Review:

In the film HOLY MATRIMONY, Havana and Peter seek refuge in a Canadian Hutterite religious colony after committing a burglary in Iowa. The colony leaders are pleased to have Peter back but are puzzled that Havana, with her worldly ways, would want to live there. Peter and Havana marry, but then he dies in a car accident, and his twelve-year-old brother Zeke is required (according to Deuteronomy 25:5) to marry her. At first, Zeke is angry about the decree but then acquiesces. The rest of the movie deals with the many adventures Havana and Zeke have as he tries to make her a good wife. They find the stolen money and decide to return it to the owners across the border. Havana continues to make life extremely difficult for Zeke, but in time, as she observes the earnestness of his Christian faith, she learns to respect him and admits, "Zeke has wisdom." He gets her out of some embarrassing predicaments and stands up to grown men on her behalf. With tears in her eyes, she fondly tells young Zeke: "You're the biggest man I ever knew."

Appearing at first to make a mockery of marriage and of Christianity, HOLY MATRIMONY settles down after a while and makes some striking points in favor of Christianity as Havana is transformed through Zeke's witness. Salted by Scripture, the film pace is good, and the movie's comedic aspects are enjoyable, although a bit overdone in places.

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