New Satire Movie FAITH BASED Mocks Christian Movies
By Allyson Vannatta, Senior Writer
The new trailer for the satire FAITH BASED makes fun of Christian filmmakers and the Christian movie industry.
The movie features SEINFELD alum Jason Alexander, Luke Barnett and Tanner Thomason. Barnett and Thomason’s characters, who share the actors’ same names, are trying to make quick cash by making a faith-based movie.
“I want to make the best Christian movie Jesus has ever seen. It’s time to show my dad what we can do,” Barnett said in the trailer.
Barnett also called the genre a “gold mine.”
However, the characters aren’t of the Christian faith, and it’s clear to the Christians who see the trailer that filmmakers are making a parody movie.
“For these movies to make money, you need some keywords in the title. Purpose, prayer, faith, heaven,” said Margaret Cho in the trailer.
Additionally, Cho’s character stated that it’s permissible for God to be synonymous with a higher power, not Jesus Christ, who died on the cross and was resurrected for our sins.
“Doesn’t have to be ‘God’ God,” said Cho. “You can talk about a higher power.”
“Why do all these Christian movies have to be bad?” asked Barnett in response.
“They don’t have to be bad,” Margaret replied. “They just don’t have to be good.”
The movie, which is already getting praise from critics, takes a hit at the Christian movie industry and those working to make good Christian movies. Many Christian filmmakers and movie lovers will be offended.
The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that there’s nothing new under the sun. This isn’t the first time, nor will it be the last time, that Hollywood takes a stab at Christians and their hard work.
But, viewers should also take into consideration that imitation and parody might be the biggest form of flattery.
At least, Hollywood recognizes that faith-based movies generate box office profits.
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So please, join us in prayer for the industry so that Christian filmmakers would continue to sharpen their skills and make waves in entertainment.