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Jesus, Bro! (2017)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 14 April 2017 (USA)
An angry internet atheist has a near death experience and must deliver the news of Jesus Christ to his devout internet followers.

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Ryan Mitchelle

Writers:

Brad Jones (screenplay by), Ryan Mitchelle (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Gobble David Gobble ... Rick Whitehead
Fard Muhammad Fard Muhammad ... Carlos
Allison Pregler Allison Pregler ... Elizabeth Howard Grace
Rob Walker Rob Walker ... Santa Christ (as Robert Walker)
Doug Walker ... Samuel Tobinski / Kendrick Tobinski
Malcolm Ray Malcolm Ray ... The Devil
Brad Jones Brad Jones ... Willy Whitehead
Brian Lewis Brian Lewis ... Burton Burpo
Zachary La Voy Zachary La Voy ... Ranger Buckman (as Zach LaVoy)
Tamara Chambers ... Darlene (as Tamara Lynn Chambers)
Sarah Gobble Sarah Gobble ... God
Aidan Bart Aidan Bart ... Young Rick
Nash Bozard ... Terry
Flynn Hanners Flynn Hanners ... Father Jenkins
Jillian Zurawski Jillian Zurawski ... Rick's Mom
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Storyline

An angry internet atheist has a near death experience and must deliver the news of Jesus Christ to his devout internet followers.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Get holy See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Springfield, Illinois, USA

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Production Co:

Walkaway Entertainment See more »
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Stereo

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Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

While hunting in the movie (and firing his gun during the Rapture sequence), the character of Carlos, played by Fard Muhammad, is wearing the same battle dress uniform that Fard wore as the character "General Anesthetic" in the Channel Awesome game show, Pop Quiz Hotshot (2015). In this film's cast, Fard is joined by "Pop Quiz" co-hosts Brad Jones and Doug Walker, as well as Tamara Chambers, who played "Ms. Stockholm" in the show's pilot, and Rob Walker, who served as the game show's executive producer and co-writer. See more »

Quotes

Carlos: That... is vlasic Jesus.
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Featured in The Cinema Snob: Gnardians of the Galaxy (2017) See more »

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Jesus, Bro
Written by Robbie Rist & Anthony C. Ferrante
Performed by Quint
Published by God Bless Captain Vere (ASCAP) / Zero Charisma Publishing (ASCAP)
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For people who spend their time reviewing bad movies, this is a pretty bad movie
25 June 2018 | by ThisIsNotALoveSongSee all my reviews

First off, I think it's worth giving credit where credit is due - it's been long past time for satirists and comedians to nut up and give us a parody of overtly religious and conservative films. They're almost parodies of their own ideologies themselves, but there's a big hole in the market for the Airplane or Hot Shots of Christ based exploitation films. Jesus, Bro! tries to fill this need.

It doesn't succeed, but points for trying.

They say to write what you know, so of course our main character is a YouTube star famous for sitting on a couch and ranting about something. This time, it's atheism. Honestly, the early scenes of Rick are as earnest as the film gets, as even in his overblown, exaggerated rants, he's not much worse than some people who actually exist on YouTube. But his life changes when his girlfriend (who's joke is that she only talks in exposition! It's funny because... bad movies do that?) realizes his atheism is more important to him than her and breaks up with him. She then goes off to immediately have 20 kids offscreen instead of doing something equally fundamentalist Christian that could have been enjoyable for the audience to watch.

Rick drinks some craft beer brewed with holy water and passes out into a vision where he meets Jesus. But not really Jesus, it's Santa Christ from Nostalgia Critic for no reason.

Brad Jones, despite still holding affiliation with Channel Awesome, has largely been independent. His channel covers several review niches, he has his own group of co-conspirators with varied tastes and opinions on media, and he maintains good relations with former CA contributors like Allison Pregler and Phelous Porteous. Which is why it's so disappointing that for this film, instead of developing his own vision of Jesus and the devil, he leans on Rob Walker's Santa Christ character and Malcolm Ray's devil from Nostalgia Critic. There's really no reason for it, other than maybe it was a condition for the Walker brothers and Fard Muhammad to appear in the film. It's the sort of cynical connection to the embattled Channel Awesome brand that makes this feel less like an intelligent parody and more like an extension of an exhausted meme.

The film kind of goes on and on and on from there, with Rick going from over the top atheist to over the top Christian. This is where a good parody would have delved into the sorts of imagery and media cues that films like God's Not Dead use to comment on how those creators use the media for their message. But I suppose that's my own fault for expecting subtle comedy from a movie called Jesus, Bro!

It's way too long for the amount of material they had for this story, and it shows. And yet, it's still the most competent non-review piece of media to ever come out of the Channel Awesome ecosystem. I wanted to like it, and I keep wanting someone from this group to actually go and watch their own reviews and learn some lessons about how not to make a bad movie. But seeing as the next offering will be a sequel to the Cinema Snob movie, I'm not holding my breath.


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