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GUN AND A HOTEL BIBLE

"Clever Setup in Need of Better Execution"

Quality:
Content: -2 Discretion advised for adults.
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What You Need To Know:

GUN AND A HOTEL BIBLE is a 57-minute drama about a man named Peter who is on the verge of killing his ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend, Leo. Peter camps out a hotel to put his plan in action and lay in wait. The only thing that pauses Peter’s plan is a personified version of a hotel Bible named Gideon. The pair discuss heavy topics like good versus evil, the existence of God and the meaning of life. Can Gideon change Peter’s mind?

The idea of having a personification of a Gideon Bible trying to talk a man out of murdering someone is unique and clever. However, the lackluster script mostly consists of two men in a hotel room talking. Also, although the movie stresses the need for repentance and growing in the Christian faith, viewers don’t see Peter change his mind about killing Leo. In fact, the ending remains unresolved. This unresolved ending is rather disappointing and unsatisfying. Available On Demand and through DVD and streaming, GUN AND A HOTEL BIBLE also contains some foul language and lewd references. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

Content:

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong Christian, biblical worldview where a personified version of the Gideon Bible tries to convince a lapsed Christian man not to murder the new boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend, some Bible verses seem to make a positive impact on the nonbeliever, but the man is ultimately not convinced, though the ending is open ended, and the would-be killer has stopped being a Christian because his father died when he was young, and the man thinks God doesn’t really care because He lets so much evil into the world

Foul Language:
12 obscenities and several OMG profanities

Violence:
Male brings a gun to a hotel in order to murder someone, it’s up to the audience to decide whether he murders the man or commit suicide, but a gun-shot goes off

Sex:
Woman makes a comment about how many men a waitress has slept with, unmarried couple depicted making out about to have sex, and sounds of sex are heard

Nudity:
Female shown with a bare midriff

Alcohol Use:
Characters shown drinking alcohol in a bar, reference to gin shots, and a man uses the pages of the Bible to blow his nose at an AA meeting

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
A man notes that someone used pages of the Bible to roll a marijuana cigarette; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Character lives for himself and to control a woman.

More Detail:

GUN AND A HOTEL BIBLE is a drama short available on Demand and through Amazon, iTunes and YouTube. It’s about a man named Peter who’s on the verge of killing his ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend. The only thing that stops Peter is a personified version of a hotel Bible named Gideon, who tries to talk Peter out of carrying through with his deadly plan. The basic plot in GUN AND A HOTEL BIBLE is clever and stresses the need for repentance and growing in the Christian faith, but the plot is mostly two men talking in a hotel room, the ending is open ended, and there is some foul language and lewd content.

The movie opens up in a bar where a man, Peter, and his girlfriend, Cindy, sit and talk. Peter narrates the scene and says he and Cindy have just broken up. Peter says Cindy was the only positive thing in his life, and their relationship ended quickly when she left him for another man, Leo.

Fast forward six months. Peter’s been stalking Cindy just to make sure she’s “okay.” Although he admits it was good to see her smile after he made her so unhappy, Peter is filled with hate and rage. He checks into their favorite hotel and waits by the window with a gun to shoot Leo because he can’t handle the idea that Cindy could be happy without him.

As Peter prepares to kill Leo, Gideon the Bible appears. Gideon introduces himself and begins to question Leo. Gideon is dressed in a suit and has a quirky attitude. The interrogation between the two turns into conversation. Viewers learn that Peter grew up in a Christian home but gave up Christianity when his dad died. Gideon tells Peter God is the Creator of life. Therefore, God doesn’t owe us an explanation as to us why or how He can take life away just as easily as He gives life.

Peter periodically checks the clock to see when Leo and Cindy will appear. In between each buzz of the alarm, Gideon disappears for a moment, then reappears with a new Bible verse. In doing so, Gideon brings up several Bible verses, but Peter has heard them all. However, when Peter agrees to just flip through the Bible and read a verse, it appears Gideon is finally getting through to Peter. Sadly, though, the verse they land on convinces Peter to go through with his deadly plan.

GUN AND A HOTEL BIBLE may remind avid moviegoers of the 2018 movie BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE. However, GUN AND A HOTEL BIBLE falls short in its production quality and sometimes lackluster execution. The plot mostly consists of two men talking in a hotel room. This would have been more entertaining with better dialogue and acting. Also, although the basic plot here is unique and clever and stresses the need for repentance and growing in the Christian faith, viewers don’t see Peter change his mind about killing Leo. Ultimately, however, the movie doesn’t show whether Peter actually goes through with his plan or not. Thus, the ending is open ended, which is disappointing and unsatisfying. GUN AND A HOTEL BIBLE also contains some foul language and lewd content. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.