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 ...
Paul Allen ...
Paul Norman Allen ...
Paul Norman Allen ...
Shannon Baxter ...
Rick Becker ...
James Solomon Benn ...
Choir Director / Choreographer
Reverend Billy ...
Reverend Billy
Ben Cerf ...
Misun Choi ...
Ben Dubin-Thaler ...
Savitri Durkee ...
Church Director
Leah Farrell ...
Mike Flthye ...


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!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material and brief mild language

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Release Date:

16 November 2007 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$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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User Reviews

Funnier than expected
11 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bill Talen is wacko! This consumer-activist movie was way funnier than I expected. i went because the issue of celebrating Christmas by shopping is one i relate to. Talen's performance-art shtick acting like a Pentacostal preacher did not bother my Christian sensibilities at all, but there were some pieces of chapter-title artwork that blew my mind: the Holy Mother presenting the Christ Child with a tickle-me-Elmo? They were hysterical, creative, topical, surprising, and provocative in the best way. Some went by fast and I'll have to wait for the DVD release to examine them more carefully. (What WAS that demon doing to those poor doomed shoppers anyway?) Full of great interviews, informative "reporting", and Billy's bizarre antics made this way more entertaining than expected. Enjoy!

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