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If You're a Christian You'll Love This
27 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not a Christian, so it had no appeal to me in that guise. I mainly watched this for Ving Rhames and Alfre Woodard; otherwise, I probably would have skipped it.

The main character is played by two people: Ving Rhames (younger) and Paul Winfield (older). They are nothing alike. Not in the movie, nor in real life. Rhames has this "bad boy" character about himself in many of his pictures, and that is showcased here. Then ala Sergeant York (1941) he finds religion (in a rain storm) and still showcases that perception but as a preacher.

Paul Winfield, though an equally good actor, is more forthright and direct. It did nothing for me. It was like I was watching two different people, and in a way that's exactly what you're doing but as actors playing the same part there should be at least similarities, and I saw none. That was a huge detractor for me.

The story is an ordinary story about, mainly, a man's life. How he came to be who he is, and how he ends up being. There's nothing particularly special about that. Why I feel this would mainly only attract Christians.

There are good, humorous, sometimes overly dramatic moments in the film but it's all average, in my opinion.

6/10.


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