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Gospel of Deceit (2006)

A preacher's wife falls for a young man.

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Emily Wendell
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Ted Wendell
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Luke McElroy
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Tracy Duggins
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Julie Watson ...
Amanda
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Sarah
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Dick Nemani
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Lori Fusaro (as Deborah O'Dell)
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Betty Sue Clark
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Margaret
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Alice Marshall
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Young Ted
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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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Luke parks the bus in front of Emily and Ted's house. As Luke approaches the house to drop off the key with Emily, the bus can be seen in the background. By the time the Volkswagen arrives at the house to drive Luke away, the bus is no longer in the background. See more »

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Dr. Isbell: [as Emily sees if her baby is healthy] Emily, I have to ask you a sensitive question. It's in the interest of your baby's health and yours.
Emily Wendell: [smiles] Of course. What is it?
Dr. Isbell: Who's the father?
Emily Wendell: [frowns at her in shock] I can't believe you asked me that! Ted is the father!
Dr. Isbell: Ted had a vasectomy two years ago.
[Emily goes awestruck]
Dr. Isbell: I assumed you knew.
Emily Wendell: No, that can't be true! He would've told me!
Dr. Isbell: I'm sorry, Emily. You have my word; no one else will know.
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A Really Bad Movie Turns Absolutely Hilarious At The End
13 January 2008 | by (Durham Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

What to say about this typically schlocky made for TV soap opera/movie? Most of the way through this is simply bad. I'll give Alexandra Paul (who?) credit for being a pretty sexy preacher's wife as Emily Wendell, whose husband Ted is the pastor of some large Community Church and who is so totally obsessed with his ministry that he apparently doesn't notice that he has a pretty sexy wife! Actually the best line of the movie belongs to Ted (J.C. Mackenzie - I know, another "who?") when he says to Emily "I am the church. This is just a building the Lord put me in." Speaking as a pastor myself, I howled at that one.

Anyway, the movie moves along at a frenetic pace with the plot not really being very well developed, but as far as it goes, Emily falls for a young, mysterious drifter (Luke, played by Corey Sevier) who appears out of nowhere and sweeps her off her feet. The interplay between Ted, Emily and Luke makes clear that the movie is at least well named, as one lie follows another until the story is so absolutely confusing that you almost give up. Then comes the last and perhaps unintentionally hilarious scene in the church, as Emily confronts Ted about his lies in front of the congregation and a live television audience. Until then I thought this movie might get a 2 or 3, but the end is really so funny that I have to raise this to a 5.


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