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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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Michael Hancock ...
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Christopher J. Hansen ...
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James Hansen ...
Tim C.
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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 Performances in a Feature Film (for the performances of Joseph Frost and Dustin Olson) at the 2007 Silver Lake Film Festival. See more »

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If you enjoy "thinking comedy," this one is "laugh-out-loud funny"
1 April 2007 | by (Birmingham, Ala.) – See all my reviews

There are so many different types of comedy that no type will amuse everybody. In a world where "fart jokes" are considered hilarious by the illiterates who make up much of the movie audience, this movie is one for people who like comedy that engages their brains instead of just their gag reflexes.

Although the acting in, "the Proper Care and Feeding of an American Messiah," is good, this is a movie that's really driven by the script and the implications of the words coming from the characters. If you have the attention span of a 14-year-old, you won't find this funny. But if you're amused by dialogue that is dry and intelligent and ironic, you're going to laugh out loud at quite a bit of this movie.

I saw this film at a festival last year, and the audience was very receptive to it. In general, it was the writing that I found funny. The production values were obviously designed to mimic a documentary, and they did a good job of making us think that's what we were watching. The core of the humor, though, is in the words coming from the mouth of Brian, the "local Messiah." It can be enjoyed on a number of levels, but it will be especially funny if you have a background in modern evangelical church culture. The humor is gently mocking of some things, but it's clear that the director has respect for the real meaning of Christianity. Mainly, the humor is funny because it's set against the backdrop of things that will be familiar to those of us who have been a part of churches.

If you get a chance to see this film, I highly recommend it. Of course, if you don't enjoy smart humor, go find an Adam Sandler flick instead. For those who are looking for a bit more, this fits the bill. See it. You'll laugh a lot. :-)


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