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THE BURIAL

"* Justice Triumphs Over Corruption *"

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What You Need To Know:

THE BURIAL is a rousing, uplifting legal drama on Amazon Prime set in the Mid 1990s in Mississippi. Jamie Foxx stars as Willie Gary, a dynamic black preacher and lawyer. After watching Willie perform in court, Jerry O’Keefe, the owner of an eight-location funeral home empire, hires him for a massive lawsuit against a large, corrupt Canadian funeral home chain corporation that cheats poor people and tried to put the squeeze on Jerry’s cash-strapped company. Willie must deal with conflicts with Jerry’s longtime lawyer and defeat the Canadian company’s ruthless black female lawyer.

THE BURIAL is based on a real-life case and holds viewers in fascination over a unique type of court battle. It has pizzazz when Willie works his magic, yet also has many touching quieter moments where the major characters reveal the rough histories that drive them. THE BURIAL is easily one of the year’s best produced, best acted, best written movies. Both Willie and Jerry are Christians who love their respective families and have strong marriages. However, THE BURIAL has excessive, gratuitous, strong foul language. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

Content:

(CC, BB, CapCap, LLL, A, M)

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong Christian, moral, pro-family, pro-marriage story of a black Christian pastor/lawyer and his crusade for justice in the Mid 1990s on behalf of poor people getting scammed by a large mortuary chain in a county that’s 70% black, and his friendship with his client, a white man, both men are married family men, plus movie has a free market perspective that favors an honest small businessman who cares about giving his customers a fair deal

Foul Language:
At least 38 obscenities (12 “f” words), two profanities citing Jesus, plus some “n” words

Violence:
No depicted violence but some talk about paying for funerals, and a case about a man on a bicycle getting hit by a truck and surviving

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
The lead character, who’s also a Christian pastor, buys a bottle of Cristal champagne and sends it to a table of opposing lawyers as a gift to “throw them off” and proclaims he’s having ginger ale instead of beer at a bar, plus he buys his opposing attorney a couple of drinks when they have a one-on-one talk

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

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Lying and deception by the villain the lead characters are suing (the movie reveals he took advantage of thousands of poor blacks at their most vulnerable time, planning funerals), plus there are several scenes of irate shouting in court during testimony and cross-examinations.

More Detail:

THE BURIAL is a rousing legal drama on Amazon Prime about a black lawyer who teams up with an elderly white client to press the case for a mammoth lawsuit against a large corrupt funeral home corporation that defrauds poor customers. THE BURIAL is easily one of the year’s best movies. However, it has excessive foul language, including a dozen “f” words and two strong profanities, so extreme caution is advised.

Starring Jamie Foxx in his most electric performance since his Oscar-winning turn as Ray Charles in RAY nearly 20 years ago, the movie wins viewers over to his true-life character Willie Gary from the beginning. Willie is first seen as the dynamic preacher in a Black church in 1995 Mississippi, talking about the Black church as a refuge from the lingering prejudices of the local society. (None of the movie comes across as woke or heavy-handed.)

Viewers then see Willie putting on a show as an attorney in a business lawsuit trial, where Jeremiah “Jerry” O’Keefe (Tommy Lee Jones) is watching in the gallery. Jerry is the owner of an eight-location funeral home empire in Mississippi and has come to scout out Willie to be a lawyer in his massive lawsuit against a fraudulent Canadian funeral home corporation called the Loewen Group.

The company’s owner, Ray Loewen, offered to help the cash-strapped Jerry out by buying three of his funeral homes for $8 million, but let the deal languish for over four months after Jerry

signed the deal while Loewen didn’t. Smelling dirty dealings and desperate for the deal, Jerry has opted to sue Loewen to get the payments he deserves.

He brings in Willie, who insists on being the case’s lead attorney over Jerry’s longtime, White attorney Mike Allred. This doesn’t sit well with Mike, who harbors low-key prejudice against black people, but Willie brings in a team of black associate lawyers who get the case fired up.

To win, however, Willie must defeat a ruthless black female lawyer, Mame Downes (Jurnee Smollett in an equally award-worthy performance). Both Willie and Mame realize they aren’t just up against each other in the courtroom, but must prove themselves to the local society around them and defeat their subtle prejudices, while OJ Simpson’s race-fueled murder trial is playing out on national TV simultaneously.

Can Willie and Jerry win the suit, or will Mame and the nasty villain Ray Loewen defeat them?

THE BURIAL is based on a real-life case and holds viewers in fascination over a unique kind of court battle. It has pizzazz when Willie works his magic. Yet, it also has many touching quieter moments as Willie, Jerry and Mame each reveal the rough histories that drive them.

The description of THE BURIAL may make it sound like the movie is a woke screed painting all whites as prejudiced, but the movie paints its characters and story with more nuance than that. For example, the character of Michael ultimately proves to have complex yet positive feelings. Also, the friendship between Willie and Jerry is an inspiring rebuke of the racial conflicts in their surroundings. Both Willie and Jerry are Christians who love their respective families and have strong marriages.

However, THE BURIAL has excessive, gratuitous foul language, including a dozen “f” words and two strong profanities. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.