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What Would Jesus Buy? (2007)

An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from... See full summary »

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Adetola Abiade ...
Alto
Paul Allen ...
Tenor
Paul Norman Allen ...
Paul
Paul Norman Allen ...
Tenor
Shannon Baxter ...
Soprano
Rick Becker ...
Trombone
James Solomon Benn ...
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Reverend Billy ...
Reverend Billy
Ben Cerf ...
Bass
Misun Choi ...
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Ben Dubin-Thaler ...
Bass
Savitri Durkee ...
Church Director
Leah Farrell ...
Tenor
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Alto
Mike Flthye ...
Drums

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An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt.) The film also delves into issues such as the role sweatshops play in America's mass consumerism and Big-Box Culture. From the humble beginnings of preaching at his portable pulpit on New York City subways, to having a congregation of thousands - Bill Talen (aka Rev. Billy) has become the leader of not just a church, but a national movement. Written by Warrior Poets Releasing

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The movie Santa doesn't want you to see!


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Rated PG for thematic material and brief mild language

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,527 (USA) (16 November 2007)

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$196,990 (USA) (28 December 2007)
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The Safeway (about 40 minutes into the film) identified as Oakland, is in fact in Berkeley. See more »

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Pass This On
11 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have a lot of respect for this film and for the "Stop Shopping" crew. This activist group has an incredible amount of heart and a good sense of humor even though their battle is a difficult one. Consumerism is as ingrained into our society as our gender roles or even our sense of right and wrong. And as Rev. Billy writes on his website, even our government representatives tell us to go out and shop. Prying the toys and useless junk out of peoples hands won't happen over night but the message is an important one; don't mindlessly consume.

If the issues discussed in this documentary concern you, make sure you pass the message (or the DVD) on to others. Word of mouth can be a very powerful thing.


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