Late One Night concerns Brad Heller and his two buddies from the factory he works at in an all night diner that Hugh McClean runs and cooks at. These guys are regulars or otherwise McLean would have tossed Heller out of there for his obnoxious behavior. First he's hitting on the server and apparently he makes a habit of that as his boss at the factory remonstrates with him for sexually harassing a female co-worker.
Anyway Heller and his pals are back again Late One Night and a quiet Josh Gaffga comes in for a bite. It seems as though the women that Heller is hitting on are both Christians so he's riled about that, that being the reason his itch isn't being scratched. Gaffga drops a Bible tract and that just sets Heller off and the obnoxiousness goes exponential.
Watching this put me in mind of a couple of things. Year after year the Gay Pride Fest in Buffalo is always suffering the presence of some of these same people, behaving like Heller with bullhorns telling one and all how we're going to hell. It's the Christians who are in fact the obnoxious ones, the ones who are smug and self satisfied, I've got the Deity's ear and you haven't unless you get with my program. But they do serve a purpose. I remember three years ago, some of the young ones caught one of these self righteous persons alone and proceeded to dish out a little of what they've had to take all their lives. And in a safe environment because they weren't outnumbered for once.
Heller's character also railed on about how hypocritical he's found most believers. Yesterday the disgraced former Governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford, who made a big deal out of his faith, but who ran to Argentina to be with his mistress, won election to his old Congressional seat.
His district is so red we could call it crimson. By a small margin the good bible believing born agains returned this man to his former job as Representative in Congress. After all he stumbled and fell, but he's a good culture warrior fighting against what's really important, stopping gays from obtaining equality. Heller says they're hypocrites and if that isn't the definition has to be changed.
Sad, but in this world I see more to justify Heller's character than anything else.
All the players here are active on the Christian film circuit. I guess the film is something of a tribute to Heller as actor that his character was so believable the wrong message was sent. All the born agains I've known aren't like the amiable and diffident Gaffga, they're obnoxious louts like Heller.
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