What You Need To Know:
(BB, Ab, L, V, M) Moral worldview with a works-oriented, un-Christian theology; one obscenity and several obscene sight gags, such as slipping on dog droppings and inadvertently wiping up dog urine and putting handkerchief in janitor’s mouth; slapstick action violence such as slipping on dog dropping, car wreck, & several sight gags; no sex; no nudity; no drinking; no smoking; and, false angelic theology.
GENRE: Family Comedy
QUIGLEY is a valiant attempt at a morality tale. Regrettably, it is hobbled by mediocre direction, spotty acting and, worst of all, anti-Christian theology.
The movie tells the story of Archie, a mean, rich executive, who uses and abuses everyone. He dies in a car wreck and ends up before four angelic beings. They ask him what good works he did to deserve to get into heaven. When they review a litany of his bad works, they send him back to the earth as a dog, Quigley, who must do some good deeds to make up for past mistakes. On earth, Archie finds out what a rotten person he has been, and, with the help of a guardian angel, helps some of the people he has wronged. Eventually, he is given a second chance.
All the people behind QUIGLEY are dear friends, and highly appreciated. Furthermore, many of them are evangelical Christians. However, the theology of QUIGLEY is a mess. Getting into heaven does not depend on our good works, and getting excluded does not depend on our actions. Our salvation depends on God’s free gift of grace available through Jesus Christ who bore the penalties for our sin on the cross and guaranteed our salvation through his resurrection. Although the false religious plot device is put into perspective in a dream sequence, it does not alleviate the wrong impressions that the storyline sends.
The script is weak and corny in many places. The direction is very spotty, and most of it does not sustain the audience’s interest. Some of the acting is serviceable; much of it is not. The music is derivative.
All this being said, the producers deserve commendation for trying. They need to get up to bat as many times as they can to improve their craft.
Please address your comments to:
William Byron Hillman
Destiny Worldwide Entertainment, Inc.
4214 Outrigger Way
Mandalay Shores, CA 93035
Tel.: (805) 984-3525
Fax: (805) 984 5527
SUMMARY: In QUIGLEY, an unworthy executive is stopped from entering heaven’s gates, and then gets sent back as a dog to fix his mistakes. Though plagued by mediocre direction, spotty acting, and anti-Christian theology, QUIGLEY is nonetheless a valiant attempt at a morality tale.