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PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 18 October 2013 (USA)
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After surviving a plane crash a young conservative woman suffers a crisis of faith.

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Diablo Cody

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Diablo Cody

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Hough ... Lamb Mannerheim
Holly Hunter ... Melanie Mannerheim
Nick Offerman ... Doug Mannerheim
Phil Austin ... Pastor Rick
Ignatz Gerard Kiefer III Ignatz Gerard Kiefer III ... Bass Player
Colby Davis Kiefer Colby Davis Kiefer ... Drummer
Evan Stoudt Evan Stoudt ... Piano Player
Taylor Noble Taylor Noble ... Guitar Player
Maz Jobrani ... Vegas Driver
Sarah Colonna ... Clerk
Gabe Begneaud Gabe Begneaud ... Frat Guy #1
Zac Waggener Zac Waggener ... Frat Guy #2
Tracy Wilson Tracy Wilson ... Cute Girl #1
Bayley Martíne ... Cute Girl #2 (as Bayley Brunnmeier)
Tony Cordell Tony Cordell ... Nasty Little Man
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Storyline

Lamb Mannerheim's faith is shaken after a plane crash burns two-thirds of her body, and she shocks her small-town congregation when she publicly renounces God. As she sets out to experience the worldly pleasures of Las Vegas, she meets a bartender and a cynical lounge singer who help her check off as many dirty deeds as possible from her Napkin of Sin bucket list. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual material, substance abuse, some language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lamb of God See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,565
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Mandate Pictures See more »
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Color
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Trivia

Diablo Cody's directorial debut See more »

Goofs

Although Lamb (Julienne Hough) claims to be from Montana, she is seen sitting on a white sand beach apparently at an ocean beach. Montana has none of these beaches, the state is no where near the ocean. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lamb Mannerheim: This is me, before the accident.
[standing in the ocean in a sundress]
Lamb Mannerheim: And here's me after I was barbecued in jet fuel.
[sitting on the beach completely covered]
Lamb Mannerheim: The old-me was content, virtuous; believed in everything.
Lamb Mannerheim: [sundress] Marshmallow.
Lamb Mannerheim: What an idiot.
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.204 (2013) See more »

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We Will Go
Written and Performed by John Dragonetti
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Inconsistent and amateurish; missed opportunities all over
23 September 2015 | by john32935See all my reviews

The initial premise is a good one - how a tragedy can make someone lose his/her faith and the principles on which he/she has based living. And then (about 10 minutes into the movie) it goes off the tracks and devolves into a bad after school special - a really, really bad one.

Lamb (a very bad character name) is supposed to have been protected from the evils of pop culture but when she travels through Vegas she seems to know quite a few pop culture references. The bad girl activities which she undertakes are lame and tame. The "jokes" are even worse…"I'll have the Peach Shnap" as she misreads the bottle behind the bar. Ha Ha.

The backstory for 2 people who befriend her are glossed over - thereby wasting the talents of Octavia Spencer (and maybe Russell Brand if I am being generous in the definition of "talent"). Oh yeah, Lamb's parents (the extremely talented Holly Hunter and Nick Offerman) barely register any screen time or decent dialog and are additional examples of wasted opportunities.

Sure, Lamb grows some through her experiences but it all comes too easily and too readily to her. And the audience can see the resolution way before it happens.

Such a disappointment from a talented writer and director, and a gifted cast so badly misused.


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