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CHURCH PEOPLE (2021)

"Jesus Christ’s Gospel Stands Alone"

Quality:
Content: +1 Discernment required for young children.
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Language
Violence
Sex
Nudity

What You Need To Know:

CHURCH PEOPLE is a satirical faith-based comedy. Guy is a young man who goes on tour as “America’s youth pastor.” However, Guy senses his ministry becoming more about the show and less about Jesus and His Gospel. Returning home, Guy realizes his senior pastor, Skip, has bought into the megachurch marketing machine. At first, Guy wants to leave the church, but he still has work to do with youth group. Pastor Skip is willing to do whatever it takes to sell Christianity, even stage an Easter crucifixion. Guy assembles an unlikely team to overcome Pastor Skip’s crazy notions and point people to the real Gospel.

Some of the comedy is hit or miss, but CHURCH PEOPLE is a funny, enjoyable satire about compromising the Gospel of Jesus for the sake of marketing the church. It contains comical commentaries that churchgoers will understand. Many jokes depict pagan religions and mockeries of Christianity and biblical stories. By the end, however, CHURCH PEOPLE gives viewers a good lesson about the truth of the Gospel and God’s Word, the Bible. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children.

Content:

(CCC, BB, V, S, N, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong Christian worldview with positive messages about the Bible, plus the movie prominently features church, prayer, and the Bible, the ultimate truth is shown to be the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God’s Word (the Bible) and God’s plan for people, and important themes like forgiveness, sacrifice, faith and family are stressed, plus the movie is a satire and so there are some scenes mocking Christianity, but they are shown in the end to be incorrect

Foul Language:
No obscenities or profanities, but some minor crude language

Violence:
Some light slapstick comedy, plus there is talk about a real-life crucifixion, a man demonstrates the crucifixion with a fake hand and a nail, and the blood turns out to be a red sauce

Sex:
No sex, a few jokes about “mannequin lust”

Nudity:
Brief upper male nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
The satirical nature of the movie could turn off some viewers, but, ultimately, Christianity, Jesus and the Bible, God’s Word, are upheld.

More Detail:

CHURCH PEOPLE is a satirical faith-based comedy that follows a youth pastor who must stand firm in believing that God’s Word, the Bible, stands alone. Some of the comedy is hit or miss, but CHURCH PEOPLE is funny, has a good ending that nicely ties everything together, and promotes the Gospel of Jesus Christ and positive Christian values.

The movie opens as Pastor Guy Sides begins his tour and is quickly deemed “America’s youth pastor.” His goal is to share the Gospel. However, his agent wants to capitalize on Side’s popularity and begins to look for a brand for Sides to make more money. After someone brings a beach ball to one of his sermons, he becomes the beach ball guy.

Eventually, Sides notices the show has taken the place of his ministry and decides to return to his church as the youth pastor. However, when he arrives, he finds that the church’s head pastor, Skip Finney, has bought into the same megachurch marketing machine Sides is trying to escape.

At first, Sides tries to leave but realizes he still has a ministry to the youth group’s young people. Easter is soon approaching, and Pastor Skip wants to get as many people to come to church as possible. One of his brilliant ideas? Have a live crucifixion on stage.

Sides thinks the marketing scheme is absurd and that the Gospel should stand alone. However, the board of the church and Pastor Skip say it will significantly benefit their ministry.

Just after Sides settles into his youth pastor position again, Pastor Skip tells that his daughter, Carla, is coming home from missionary work. While Pastor Skip tries to set up his daughter with the church’s Worship Pastor, Sides and Carla Finney begin to devise a plan to stop Pastor Skip’s crucifixion plan.

However, as word gets out about the performance, reporters pick up the story, which only encourages Pastor Skip. Sides, Carla and an unlikely team must have faith that God’s plan is best and that God will allow the true Gospel to be shared.

Some of the comedy is hit or miss, but CHURCH PEOPLE is a funny, enjoyable satirical comedy on the dangers of compromising God’s word for the sake of marketing the church. It includes many comical commentaries that churchgoers will understand. There’s a lesson for all viewers about the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s Word, the Bible. Many of the jokes depict pagan religions and mockeries of Christianity and Biblical stories. By the end of the movie, however, it’s clear the message is to promote the truth of the Gospel and its sufficiency to stand on its own without a light show or a stage performance to tickle people eyes and ears. Due to some mild crude joking and slapstick comedy, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children.