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The Proper Care & Feeding of an American Messiah (2006)

 -  Comedy  -  January 2009 (USA)
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'The Proper Care & Feeding of an American Messiah' is the mock documentary story of a man who thinks he is a messiah. Not the messiah, but rather a local, regionally-selected messiah for ... See full summary »

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Homeowner with Demons
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Tan Woman
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Tan Woman's Daughter
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Door Slamming Homeowner
Brian Elliott ...
Door Slamming Homeowner
Aurelio 'B.B.' Enriquez ...
Guy Who Needs Haircut
Brooks Grigson ...
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Christopher J. Hansen ...
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'The Proper Care & Feeding of an American Messiah' is the mock documentary story of a man who thinks he is a messiah. Not the messiah, but rather a local, regionally-selected messiah for his own hometown. He's on a quest, desperately trying to raise money for a town-wide rally where he hopes to announce his deity - and to determine his true, God-given 'special purpose' in life. Which may or may not have something to do with ailments of the lower gastrointestinal tract, but he won't be sure until he hears more or less directly from God. Written by Chris Hansen

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Smart, funny comedy
2 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a really funny, smart comedy by indie filmmaker Christopher Hansen featuring a brilliant performance by Dustin Olson in the lead role. In a lot of comedies like this where the lead character is supposed to be unappealing, actors still tend to play them as if, no, they're really nice guys underneath it all and really deserve the audience's sympathies.

Not so here. Not only is the "Messiah" kind of disturbing to look at, he's just a thoroughly unpleasant person. Yet, this doesn't make the film a turn-off. Olson is riveting to watch on-screen. On the one hand, you want him to finally "get it" and figure out that he's a doofus and on the other you really, really hope he gets his butt handed to him as a consequence of his behavior.

This is a very funny comedy, too, with some great set-pieces, e.g. the t-shirt debacle, the miracle of the fruit, the baptisms scheme, the guy with invisible "friends" and many others. And behind the laughs, there's a real message behind it all, which Hansen smartly doesn't bash the audience over the head with. If you want to watch it just for the jokes, there's plenty of those, but the film also raises some interesting points about the nature of faith and following false "prophets."


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