"A Child of the King"
PREACHER’S KID is a Christian movie about a wayward pastor’s daughter who gets seduced by the handsome, charismatic male lead of a Christian play on the so-called “chitlun circuit” in USA’s African-American community. The first half of PREACHER’S KID suffers a bit from the lower-than-average budget, but the second half soars, and the movie contains wonderful music by Tim Miner performed by a talented cast that rises to the occasion.
The movie opens in Augusta, Georgia, where members of a local church gather for Sunday worship. Angie King, the pastor’s daughter (played by talented newcomer LeToya Luckett), is the choir’s soloist. The young worship leader, Wynton (played by Sharif Atkins from TV’s ER), likes Angie from afar.
Wynton convinces Angie to come see a Christian play touring the country on the so-called “chitlin circuit” in African-American communities. She shows up with her friend, Marcia, but becomes enamored by the play’s male lead, Devlin.
The next day, to her father’s consternation, Angie leaves home to go on the road in the play as the female lead’s understudy. Bishop King is a widower who has always been doted on by Angie since the death of his wife, her mother. He tells Angie that, if she walks out the door, she should not return home again.
On the road with the play, Angie learns that the cast and crew don’t live up to the Christian values expressed in the play they’re doing, especially Devlin. Devlin seduces her anyway, however, and they start living together in the same hotel rooms, despite warnings by the play’s director, Ike.
Devlin soon gets bored with Angie. He starts abusing her, but Angie stays, partly because she’s also seduced by Devlin’s promise that he will help her get a singing contract with a music producer he knows when the play gets to New York City. At one point, however, Devlin even takes back up with the play’s female lead, Desiree, to punish Angie.
Things come to a head in New York, where Devlin is supposed to meet with the music producer. At the same time, Wynton is taking the choir to compete in Gospelfest at the Apollo Theater. Will Devlin’s final lie to Angie be exposed? Can Angie return home?
The first half of PREACHER’S KID seems to suffer sometimes from what is probably a lower-than-average budget, especially when compared to such big Hollywood musicals like NINE or DREAMGIRLS. Thus, the photography is just serviceable at times, there are a few editing glitches, and one major scene in the first act is performed badly.
Otherwise, however, the acting varies from fine to excellent, the script is well structured, and the third act soars to an emotional high with very clever writing and crowd-pleasing acting flourishes. Even better, the music by Tim Miner is worthy of producing a couple crossover hits, and the singing by the cast is just as good as almost everything you will hear in NINE or DREAMGIRLS. LeToya Luckett is a real star in the making. Her final duet with Sharif Atkins should be a big hit for both of them.
Best of all, of course (unlike NINE, and even DREAMGIRLS), the ending of PREACHER’S KID has an inspiring, feel-good message of Christian hope, deliverance from sin, repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation. As Bishop King tells Angie, “You are a child of the King,” a reference to Jesus Christ and His divine authority over all human beings, especially those who repent from their sins and turn to Him.
The movie’s references to sexual immorality and marijuana smoking require caution for children. There are also some mostly light obscenities. See our CONTENT section in the credits section for more details.
(CCC, BBB, Ro, Pa, FR, L, V, S, N, AA, DD, M) Very strong Christian worldview in a very strong morality play where Romanticism, paganism, and anti-nomianism, or moral lawlessness, are rebuked, though the rebuking could have been stronger, with comments that God is good, worship scenes set in church, and What Would Jesus Do? is asked several times; six mostly light obscenities (including a couple “d” words and some “h” words) and three light profanities; man slaps woman hard and knocks her down and man punches woman who’s standing behind a curtain, plus woman has a black eye, but viewers never really see any of the actual blows; implied fornication or pre-marital sex, and man seduces and sleeps with more than one woman, a comment is made that many of the men in a Christian play touring the country pay for dirty movies in the hotels where the cast and crew stay, and confusing scene where young females in audience of a supposed Christian play are ecstatic when a male singer sings a love song with his shirt off; upper male nudity in two scenes and some female cleavage; alcohol use and man is drunk in one scene; no tobacco smoking really seen, but man smokes a marijuana cigarette and eventually seduces and cajoles a preacher’s daughter to start smoking one too in another scene (she doesn’t want to lose him, so it’s a turning point for her in the second act); and, perpetual lying by villain but it’s ultimately rebuked and the liar gets his comeuppance, jealousy not really rebuked, friction between pastor and his adult daughter but they are eventually reconciled in an implied reference to the biblical story of the Prodigal Son told by Jesus, and a young woman thinks she’s pregnant but this plot problem is resolved in a positive way.
PREACHER’S KID is a Christian musical drama with a feel-good, inspiring ending. Angie King, the daughter of a beloved local pastor in Georgia, decides to go on the road in an African American Christian musical touring the country. Her father tells her not to return. On the road, Angie is seduced by Devlin, the conceited but handsome and charismatic male lead in the play. Devlin gets bored with Angie, but Angie sticks it out, partly because Devlin promises her he will help her get a singing contract when they get to New York City. Will Devlin’s final lie be exposed? Can Angie return home?
The first half of PREACHER’S KID suffers from the lower-than-average budget. The photography is sometimes just serviceable, there are a few editing glitches, and one major scene is performed badly. Otherwise, however, the acting is mostly excellent and the third act soars to an emotional high. Also, the music by Tim Miner is wonderful, and the cast’s singing exceeds expectations. Best of all, the ending has an inspiring Christian message of hope, repentance, deliverance from sin, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Some of the subject matter requires caution for children, however.