Gospel of Deceit (2006)

TV Movie  |  Thriller  |  28 April 2006 (USA)
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A preacher's wife falls for a young man.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Wendell
Ted Wendell
Luke McElroy
Tracy Duggins
Julie Watson ...
Dick Nemani
Lori Fusaro (as Deborah O'Dell)
Betty Sue Clark
Asia Vieira ...
Neil-Saint Armand
Colleen Williams ...
Alice Marshall
Meaghan Wilkinson ...
Young Emily
Young Ted


In the small town of Heward, Pennsylvania, charismatic Reverend Ted Wendell and his wife of twenty years Emily Wendell are the well-respected power couple behind the Heward Community Church and its associated ministry empire, which currently includes a radio show. Although Emily loves her husband, small signs demonstrate to her that he is slowly pulling away from her, at least professionally, as he starts to make decisions about the ministry without consulting her, at a crucial time where they have been working on moving from the radio show into television. That television deal is now in the works with Ted needing to make a good impression on the decision makers for it to happen. Another unilateral decision Ted makes is to take in and hire a young drifter named Luke McElroy as a handyman, Luke who Ted allows to stay in a room in the church basement. Although Emily doesn't disagree with Ted about not turning away a "lost sheep" as they both see Luke, Emily, unlike Ted who works on ... Written by Huggo

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Thou shalt not lust.







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Without being told by his wife Emily, Rev. Wendell volunteered that Luke was an ex-convict when the minister claimed not to know Luke. See more »


Young Ted: [Emily's flashback] Let these scars always remind you: There's no crashing God's party. There's no comfort in getting to heaven, unless you're invited.
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References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »

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Mainstream Porn for American WASP Women
4 October 2009 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

A preacher's wife (think Reverend Lovejoy's wife from "The Simpsons") gets her bony ass regularly shtupped by a muscle-bound sex-monkey drifter cute-as-a-button boy-toy with a very high-maintenance pompadour hair-do (think Snake from "The Simpsons") just as her sanctimonious husband is about to conclude a lucrative televangelism deal. Complications ensue. There is nothing wrong with this film once you admit it's really pornography for women. There is really nothing unnatural about that, per se. Some works of this genre have attained cult and classic status, like, say, oh, I don't know, "Jane Eyre". Everybody with ovaries enjoys this kind of pastime. It's just regrettable that American women - and Anglo-Saxon White Protestant women especially - feel that their pleasure can only be complete with the inclusion of large doses of guilt, deceit, bitchiness, gossip, mental illness, paranoia, greed, medical near-emergencies, police and media involvement, skeletons in the closet, triple-generational incest, double adultery, shame, ruined reputations, scandal, murder, blackmail, public exposure, bad driving and ultimately humiliation, punishment, mutilation or death of the "guilty" parties. Refer again to all the works of the Brontë sisters and their Gothic Harlequin romance and afternoon soap-opera descendants. Everyone should be able to enjoy sex when they can, but why all the hypocrisy?

The film score alternates between torridly sexy sax solos for the soft porn scenes and abysmal "fear music" that would make the History Channel proud for everything else. A Black Gospel choir is also trotted out on stage every time the viewer might be forgiven for concluding those small-town fundamentalist Christian nutjobs must surely be racist Republican tea-baggers to boot.

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