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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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Miriam (as Ellen Dolan)
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Homeowner with Demons
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Anne Dennis ...
Tan Woman
Sierra Dennis ...
Tan Woman's Daughter
Brian Elliott ...
Door Slamming Homeowner
Brian Elliott ...
Door Slamming Homeowner
Aurelio 'B.B.' Enriquez ...
Guy Who Needs Haircut
Brooks Grigson ...
'Six Pack or Keg' Guy
Stephen Gully ...
Young Man
Michael Hancock ...
Large Man
Christopher J. Hansen ...
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James Hansen ...
Tim C.
Hunter Hawkins ...
Smoking Guy
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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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satire | independent film

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How Many Saviors Does One World Need?

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Won the Best Feature Award at the 2006 South Padre Island Film Festival. See more »

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Well-written and acted
9 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When this film ended, I felt as if I'd spent an hour and a half in an asylum. Keeping up with Brian's belief system is exhausting. Brian is like the ultimate believer, he believes so hard that he is blind to everything else around him. To those of us outside his delusion, it's hard not to laugh, especially at his contradictions and lack of knowledge about the bible. I suppose all messiahs must come across as delusional, but this one has no special purpose from god, and god's not talking to him, and you have to admire his willingness to ignore or misinterpret what's happening around him. The "gliding Jesus" car chase was hilarious, but served to illustrate Aaron's limited functioning. I must say that I particularly enjoyed Miriam's various "takes", small changes in her face and posture in reaction to Brian's various lunacies. This was a subtle and nuanced job of acting. Also, keep an eye on her costume changes through the story. You'd like to think that she's more "normal" than all the rest of them; but really, she's just as cracked the others.

Most of these characters should be in an institution somewhere, not out running around loose. It's a very funny movie, but I'm glad I'm on the outside looking in.


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