"Giving Wholeheartedly to the Lord"
(CCC, BBB) Dominant Christian and pro-family worldview; no obscenities; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, nothing else objectionable.
THE REV is an inspirational story about a musical evangelist who moves to upstate New York to pastor a struggling church while staving off the efforts of a greedy pastor trying to take over the property. THE REV has a strong story premise and an appealing lead actor, but subpar writing and acting. It’s definitely a family-friendly Christian movie, however, so no caution is advised.
Johnny Starr (John Carmen Petritz) stars as The Rev, a white musical preacher who was adopted and raised by a black family. He leaves his career in Las Vegas and takes his mother (Sistah Lois) with him to pastor a small, poor, African American church named Jubilation Hall in upstate New York.
Johnny is a kind, warm man who speaks words of encouragement wherever he goes. He tells his church to be loving and accepting when a woman who doesn’t seem like the church-going type joins them for a service. He encourages a man who feels depressed. He leads his congregation to give themselves wholeheartedly to the Lord.
Before long, a greedy and crooked minister across town (Mark Stenabaugh) hears about the reviving congregation at Jubilation Hall. Jealous, he immediately looks for a way to stop Johnny’s success. He works with the bank to try to purchase the property, but when Johnny stands his ground, things get heated. Will Johnny be able to save Jubilation Hall from the crooked minister’s plans?
THE REV is a simple, lighthearted movie about a musical evangelist with a warm, inviting personality who serves a church. It’s inspirational and deals with many positive Christian themes of racial reconciliation, serving the outcasts of society, bearing each other’s burdens, and helping those who can’t help themselves.
While THE REV has a strong story premise, its acting and writing feel generally subpar. Its cinematography is decent and the story does move along well. John Carmen Petritz has an engaging and warm personality in his role, and this goes over well.
THE REV has no objectionable qualities and doesn’t warrant any caution.
THE REV tells the story of Johnny Starr, a white musical evangelist who travels to upstate New York to pastor a dying African American congregation at Jubilation Hall. He infuses the congregation with new life and a joyful spirit. He tells his church to be loving and accepting when a woman who doesn’t seem like the church-going type joins them for a service. He encourages a man who feels depressed. He leads his congregation to give themselves wholeheartedly to God. However, a greedy, jealous minister seeks to stop Johnny’s efforts and take away the property. When Johnny stands his ground, things get heated. Will Johnny be able to save Jubilation Hall? THE REV has a good story premise…but subpar writing and acting. Its cinematography is decent, and the story does move along well. Also, John Carmen Petritz has an engaging and warm personality in the title role, and this goes over well. Best of all, THE REV has a Christian, biblical worldview and deals with themes of reconciliation, mercy, forgiveness, and patience. It has no objectionable content and warrants no caution.