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Mary and Joe (2002)

PG | | 1 October 2002 (USA)
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What if Jesus were born in the year 2002 to a young Jewish Spurning her mother's insistence that she get on with her life, Mary Chock full of ethnic flavor, whimsy, doubt, faith, joy and wonder,

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erin Bridges ...
Mary
Braden Moran ...
Joe
Linda Levine ...
Anne Rosenblum
Don Wadsworth ...
Morrie Rosenblum
Anthony McKay ...
Mr. Bergman
Shirley Tannenbaum ...
Mildred Goldstein
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Rhonda
Benjamin Pelteson ...
Ben (as Ben Pelteson)
James Kisicki ...
Dr. Baumgartner (as Jim Kisicki)
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Angel
Isabel Iwanonkiw ...
Baby Jesus (as I. Iwanonkiw)
Cali Skalski ...
Ellie Rosenblum
Bill Merrick ...
Mr. Carroll
Shian-Li Tsang ...
Sherri
Kristina Carlstrom ...
Kelly
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What if Jesus were born in the year 2002 to a young Jewish couple in New York City, instead of Bethlehem two millennia ago? Mary is an 18-year-old high school senior, and Joe, her fiancé, is 23, working hard to get Techweb established as an Internet consulting firm. Would anyone believe Mary and Joe's claim to abstinence? What kind of advice would they receive from family, friends, neighbors, and folks at the corner deli? Spurning her mother's insistence that she get on with her life, Mary is thrown out of the house, rejected by Joe, and expelled from school as she grows larger with child. Her family doctor is baffled; his examination reveals her story to be true! Mary goes to live with her beautician cousin in a crowded apartment, and begins to lose heart. But a sassy Hispanic angel in a Mets cap and jacket wrestles Joe in an alleyway and makes him listen to the divine message of the miraculous, "Fear Not." The couple is reunited and together face a hostile and unbelieving world. ... Written by Del Rey Communications

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Unfortunate Waste of Time
26 December 2002 | by (Pittsburgh, Pa) – See all my reviews

Hamilton not only usurps the local help he uses, but the viewer's time as well. Set in New York, but obviously filmed (poorly) in Pittsburgh, Hamilton makes no attempt to create continuity or any interest in the characters themselves. The actors and actresses try hard, but can do little with lines like, "Joe, my kosher boyfriend" or "I love your little body, my angel."

Hamilton seems to be in love with not only seeing his own name on screen, but with his overly long script. He feels some strange, sick compulsion to show Mary's ENTIRE OB/GYN exam, a long high school dance (complete with adulterous principal hitting on students), and Mary throwing up in the bathroom at school. He also deems it necessary to show Joe gazing down at the Christ child with a bloody pocketknife in one hand and an umbilical cord (held like a piece of beef jerky)in the other.

This is not a Christmas film to show your children. It's not a Christmas story for your friends. Unless you have some urge to hear horribly bad eighties keyboard music dubbed shoddily over even worse dialogue and stiff acting, I would steer clear of this film. Do not plan to be entertained, amused or enlightened. Instead, plan on being stupified, not by wonder, but by boredom.


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