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The Encounter (2010)

| Drama | 3 May 2011 (USA)
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Five strangers with nothing in common are forced to come together at a remote roadside eatery because of a road closure. They place their orders with the diner's omniscient owner, who seems... See full summary »

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Nick (as Steve 'Sting' Borden)
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Five strangers with nothing in common are forced to come together at a remote roadside eatery because of a road closure. They place their orders with the diner's omniscient owner, who seems to know everything about them... and claims he is Jesus. Written by Viewer

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O Caminho Para a Eternidade  »

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Steve Borden's character was openly opposing Jesus and religion. In real life Borden is a devout Born-Again Christian. See more »

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The clock on the wall in the diner never moves from 7:54pm. See more »

Quotes

Melissa: The state trooper down the road said you guys were closed.
Jesus: Yeah, he's been trying to keep people away from me for years. It's a personal thing.
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My verdict? A resounding "Meh."
1 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The premise is intriguing, but from the beginning,this was clearly Hallmark card territory.

We're introduced to some stock characters: the Couple That Have Grown Apart, the Sad But Tough Runway, the Materialistic Businessman, the Woman Who Settles for Less.

Spooky music tells us that something is afoot as the rain pummels them in their cars (except for the runaway, who is hitch-hiking). A washed-out bridge leaves them stranded together in a diner run by none other than Jesus.

Jesus freaks them out by serving only water to drink, but food is another matter. Cue Arlo Guthrie: You can get anything you want at Jesus's restaurant. Jesus knows what you want, both on the plate and out of life. He preaches Joel Olstein Lite. The characters exchange dialog out of a "How To Witness to Unbelievers" comic book.

That's where I lost interest and stopped watching.

Hallmark Channel fans, and readers of "Chicken Soup for the Soul," will probably enjoy this. Those looking for meatier fare won't find it in this diner.


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