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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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Aaron
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Miriam (as Ellen Dolan)
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Homeowner with Demons
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Anne Dennis ...
Tan Woman
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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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How Many Saviors Does One World Need?

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Won the Best Feature award at the 2006 Film Expo Texas. See more »

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Purposeful hilarity--laughs and life lessons
14 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Proper Care and Feeding of an American Messiah reaches viewers on a variety of levels, namely in the funny bone and in the introspective conscience. While we laugh, we ask ourselves the reasons for our laughter, and this innovative film--at times alternately poignant, absurd, and provocative--leaves us pondering its implications long after the laughter has stopped. But first and foremost, this film is hilarious! Filmmaker Chris Hansen rarely relies on slapstick, choosing instead more subtle and effective comic touches, especially when the self-declared Messiah "Brian" (brilliantly played by Dustin Olson) convinces us that he takes himself so seriously. My favorite scene is the baptismal spectacle with "No Wading." During similar scenes like the catalog of various Jesus action-figures, Brian's quirky charisma assures us that he believes in himself (however misguided this belief may be), and that if we'll come along for the ride, we'll learn a bit ourselves, too. I recommend this film highly, both for the laughs and the life lessons. Hansen seems to be saying, "Be careful whom you follow, and don't be afraid to laugh at yourself along the way."


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