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Release Date: January 24, 2003

Starring: Kirby Heyborne, Britani Bateman, Will Swenson, Tracy Ann Evans, and Merrill Dodge

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older children to
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder THE R.M. is a Mormon
comedy that played regionally
in the first half of 2003 and
will soon be out on video.
Despite an appealing,
sympathetic protagonist, a
tighter storyline and less
earnest tone would have
improved this overlong
exercise immensely. The movie
opens with high school
graduate Jared Phelps setting
out on his two-year stint as a
traveling Mormon missionary,
leaving behind his family, his
girlfriend Julie, and his best
friend Kori. Two years later,
Jared unexpectedly returns to
find that his parents have
moved and sold his car, his
girlfriend is engaged to
another guy, his best friend
has turned into a playboy at
Brigham Young University, and
his boss has sold the company,
meaning that Jared has no job.
A series of accidents,
dead-end jobs and other
mishaps has Jared wondering,
Where's the blessing that the
Mormon church promised would
be his after serving his
two-year missionary
tour? Kirby Heyborne does an
excellent job as the
beleaguered former missionary,
Jared, who's now expected to
take a leadership role among
the men in the church. The
filmmakers have derived some
funny situations for Jared to
stumble into as he searches
for his place in the
community. The movie wears out
its welcome after awhile,
however. In some ways, THE
R.M. is an anti-Mormon movie,
because it shows a church
riddled with an ineffectual,
authoritarian leadership and a
flock of people, especially
the men in the congregation,
who are surprisingly
uninvolved in the duties
required of them by the church
hierarchy. Although the
protagonist concludes that his
blessings come from the family
and friends around him, it's
really not clear that Jared
has been blessed at all by
anything or anyone, including
God. Of course, the god of
Mormonism is not the same God
as the God in the Bible, and
the sanctification of sinful
human beings in Mormonism has
more in common with the
"enlightenment" and
deification of human beings in
Buddhism than it does to the
sanctification of sinful human
beings described by Jesus and
His disciples in the New
Testament. The works and
humanistic orientation of the
church in THE R.M. also seems
woefully inadequate when
compared to the salvation
offered us through the Gospel
of Jesus Christ and the Grace
of God in Christianity. For
example, when Jared comes home
from his missionary
activities, he declares, "I'm
home. I'm worthy," which
apparently describes the
status he attains for doing
his two-year missionary tour
of duty. In contrast to this,
in the New Testament, God
declares us worthy and
righteous because of our faith
in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
If our own works have anything
to do with our salvation, then
Jesus died in vain. Please
address your comments to: Kurt
Hale HaleStorm
Entertainment www.halestormentertainment.com

Rating: PG

Runtime: 100 minutes

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Content:

(FRFRFR, AbAb, V, AA, M) False Mormon worldview, which mimics Christianity but is really polytheistic, works oriented and non-historical with a surprising degree of ridicule regarding male lay leaders in a religious organization; no foul language; some comical, slapstick violence such as sprinklers unexpectedly turn on and drench young man in a suit, bunk bed with heavyset man lying on it falls on much skinnier man, man on ladder falls backward, and man accidentally steps on cat; no implied or depicted sex scenes, but protagonist's best friend is a playboy at college; no nudity; implied alcohol use and drunkenness; no smoking; and, lying rebuked.

GENRE: Comedy

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Summary:

SUMMARY: THE R.M. is a comedy about a young man who stumbles into a funny series of mishaps and dead-end jobs after serving a two-year stint as a Mormon missionary. Despite an appealing, sympathetic protagonist, the movie is overlong and preaches a religious worldview and church organization contrary to what Jesus Christ and His disciples teach in the New Testament.

Review:

THE R.M. is a Mormon comedy that played regionally in the first half of 2003 and will soon be out on video. Despite an appealing, sympathetic protagonist, a tighter storyline and less earnest tone would have improved this overlong exercise immensely.

The movie opens with high school graduate Jared Phelps setting out on his two-year stint as a traveling Mormon missionary, leaving behind his family, his girlfriend Julie, and his best friend Kori. Two years later, Jared unexpectedly returns to find that his parents have moved and sold his car, his girlfriend is engaged to another guy, his best friend has turned into a playboy at Brigham Young University, and his boss has sold the company, meaning that Jared has no job. A series of accidents, dead-end jobs and other mishaps has Jared wondering, Where's the blessing that the Mormon church promised would be his after serving his two-year missionary tour?

Kirby Heyborne does an excellent job as the beleaguered former missionary, Jared, who's now expected to take a leadership role among the men in the church. The filmmakers have derived some funny situations for Jared to stumble into as he searches for his place in the community. The movie wears out its welcome after awhile, however.

In some ways, THE R.M. is an anti-Mormon movie, because it shows a church riddled with an ineffectual, authoritarian leadership and a flock of people, especially the men in the congregation, who are surprisingly uninvolved in the duties required of them by the church hierarchy. Although the protagonist concludes that his blessings come from the family and friends around him, it's really not clear that Jared has been blessed at all by anything or anyone, including God.

Of course, the god of Mormonism is not the same God as the God in the Bible, and the sanctification of sinful human beings in Mormonism has more in common with the "enlightenment" and deification of human beings in Buddhism than it does to the sanctification of sinful human beings described by Jesus and His disciples in the New Testament. The works and humanistic orientation of the church in THE R.M. also seems woefully inadequate when compared to the salvation offered us through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Grace of God in Christianity. For example, when Jared comes home from his missionary activities, he declares, "I'm home. I'm worthy," which apparently describes the status he attains for doing his two-year missionary tour of duty. In contrast to this, in the New Testament, God declares us worthy and righteous because of our faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If our own works have anything to do with our salvation, then Jesus died in vain.

Please address your comments to:

Kurt Hale

HaleStorm Entertainment

www.halestormentertainment.com

SUMMARY: THE R.M. is a comedy about a young man who stumbles into a funny series of mishaps and dead-end jobs after serving a two-year stint as a Mormon missionary. Despite an appealing, sympathetic protagonist, the movie is overlong and preaches a religious worldview and church organization contrary to what Jesus Christ and His disciples teach in the New Testament.

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