Pete, an eight-year-old Catholic boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the mid-1970s, attends Catholic school, where as classes let out for the summer, he's admonished by a nun to ... See full summary »
Pete, an eight-year-old Catholic boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the mid-1970s, attends Catholic school, where as classes let out for the summer, he's admonished by a nun to follow the path of the Lord, and not that of the Devil. Perhaps taking this message a bit too seriously, Pete decides it's his goal for the summer to help someone get into heaven; having been told that Catholicism is the only sure path to the kingdom of the Lord, Pete decides to convert a Jew to Catholicism in order to improve their standing in the afterlife. Hoping to find a likely candidate, Pete begins visiting a nearby synagogue, where he gets to know Rabbi Jacobson, who responds to Pete's barrage of questions with good humor. Pete also makes friends with the Rabbi's son, Danny, who is about the same age; when he learns that Danny is seriously ill, he decides Danny would be an excellent choice for conversion. When the priest at Pete's church informs Pete that all will be tested before they pass the... Written by
Forget the HBO series (I didn't see it, but I read about it and talked to people who saw it). Forget the hype, forget the manufactured "here's how they fight it out on the set" baloney. This time the good guys won. Pete Jones wrote a great screenplay and deserved to win '"Project Greenlight." There's no hokum in this movie, no manufactured emotion, no predictable formula. This is about real people and real things that matter. It challenges tough, long-standing human issues like the differences in Judaism and Christianity, heaven and hell, ego and reality, and what matters in life. It's a tremendous accomplishment as a movie and ranks up there with "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Tender Mercies" (both written by Horton Foote) and movies by socially conscious directors like Stanley Kramer and Norman Jewison -- only it doesn't sledge-hammer you with "the way it oughta be," it simply lays out how it probably could be, if people stopped to really look at what's going on and what matters. Keep making 'em like this, Pete Jones, and you have a fan for life.
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