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

 -  Comedy  -  January 2009 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Dustin Olson ...
Joseph Frost ...
Miriam (as Ellen Dolan)
Homeowner with Demons
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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 ...
James Hansen ...
Tim C.
Hunter Hawkins ...
Smoking Guy


'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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One of the funniest movies I've seen all year
1 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the Virginia Film Festival. Generally, I'm not crazy about comedies, but this one just really got to me—I just laughed hysterically through the whole thing. It's a mocumentary about a non-too-bright middle-aged guy named Brian who thinks he is a messiah. Not the Messiah, but a messiah, who is to help the people who live within a 100-mile radius of him.

Somehow he doesn't quite get the point of religion or being a savior. What are his beliefs? Well, number one, topping the list, he believes in a constitutional form of government. He also believes that the biggest problem besetting humankind is stomach-acid and in-digestive problems; his solution is "Aunt Acid" pills. His special powers, proving he is supernatural, included things such as growing facial hair at an extremely slow rate so that he only needs to shave every four days. The miracles he performs include "The Miracle of the Fruit" in which, when his brother Aaron tosses plums to him from a distance of 10 yards, he can catch them in his teeth—that is about one out of thirty. His brother and sister Miriam are his only disciples.

The acting is just wonderful. Dustin Olson is absolutely hilarious as Brain—he really gives the impression that he's improvising like in a real documentary. And his comic timing is just spot-on, particularly in a scene where he is caught rifling through his own garbage. And Joseph Frost really stands out as the brother who is even more incompetent than Brian, particularly in a funny scene where he races a gliding Jesus figure against a toy race-car giving it a warped religious bent. Also, there is a hilarious cameo by Tony Hale.

I just couldn't stop laughing through this whole movie. Yet despite the humor—or perhaps because of it—the film does deal with some rather important issues, such as those who misunderstand and/or abuse religion and also the need to feel important.

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