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What Would Jesus Buy? (2007)

PG  |   |  Documentary, Comedy  |  16 November 2007 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Adetola Abiade ...
Alto
Paul Allen ...
Tenor
Paul Norman Allen ...
Paul
Paul Norman Allen ...
Tenor
Shannon Baxter ...
Soprano
Rick Becker ...
Trombone
James Solomon Benn ...
Choir Director / Choreographer
Reverend Billy ...
Reverend Billy
Ben Cerf ...
Bass
Misun Choi ...
Soprano
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)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$196,990 (USA) (28 December 2007)
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A Documentary, Not a Comedy
6 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this film has amusing and humorous elements, it is NOT a comedy and to call it one is to delegitimize it. This documentary explores the commercialization of the Christmas tradition, which it rightly concludes has lost most of its spiritual meaning in favor of gift giving and the shopping that precedes it. The film further engages the viewer to consider the possibility that this obsession with commercialization bleeds into everyday life.

While many of the points are made by examining the sermons of the dubiously respectable self-styled "Reverend Billy" and his Church of Stop Shopping, which often makes for laughs, to say it is a comedy does not do it justice. This is a true documentary about a true phenomenon in America and a political organization that seeks to challenge it.


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