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Some movie posters for this film featured a long text preamble that read: "Father Timothy Farley has always preached about miracles. Now he has to perform one. For years, he had everything he could ever ask for. The love of his parishioners. The respect of his superiors. And the smoothest golf swing in his district. Then, the Church sent him someone he didn't ask for - a rebellious young deacon named Dolson. And he's been given just one month to whip him into shape. MASS APPEAL. Somewhere between laughter and tears, they found something to believe in". See more »
Father Tim Farley:
You're a lunatic! And Christ NEEDS lunatics. But the trouble with lunatics is, they don't know how to survive.
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a watchable but flawed take on the Catholic Church
Pity the poor congregation of St. Francis Parish, subject to "dialogue sermons" (what???), autobiographical psycho-babble and in the end, self-righteous calls to rise up against the local Church hierarchy. If things are really like this in the Catholic Church today, its enough to make this lapsed Catholic stay that way for a long time. That said, and hoping that this does not mirror reality, the movie works as entertainment, largely due to the performances of the two main characters. Jack Lemmon is delightful and convincing as a lonely priest who has found strategies (some decent ones, some hurtful) to survive who takes on the task of mentoring and tempering the well-meaning but naive passions of a young seminarian, also well played. The big casualty is in the one-dimensionality of the "heavy" played by Charles Durning, and perhaps of all of his cronies as well. Well, Catholic bashing is nothing new, mostly by ex-Catholics, but it always diminishes the dialogue such issues could provoke. However, there is more to the movie than this, especially in some very good characterizations of Catholic lay people, Louise Latham's housekeeper in particular.
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