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Don Verdean (2015)

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A self-professed biblical archaeologist who has fallen on hard times starts to bend the truth in order to continue inspiring the faithful.






Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Jensen
Steve Park ...
Poon-Yen (as Stephen Park)
Israeli Police Officer
Logan Rogan ...
Antique Store Owner
Harry Bonner ...
Security Guard


Hired by an ambitious small-town pastor to find sacred relics in the Holy Land, a self-proclaimed Biblical archaeologist comes up short and his attempt to cover up his failure fuels a comic conspiracy from the filmmaking team behind Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre. DON VERDEAN stars Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Bibb, with Will Forte, and Danny McBride. Written by Lionsgate Premiere

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Fraud works in mysterious ways.

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Rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, some language and brief violence | See all certifications »


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11 December 2015 (USA)  »

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Don Verdean: O Que o Passado Nos Reserva  »

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The bible verse listed on Don Verdean's camper, James 1:8, reads, "Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do." See more »


Boaz: So, Carol, I've been meaning to ask you since I met you what qualities are you looking for in a mate?
Carol Jensen: Oh, um...
[nervous chuckle]
Carol Jensen: I'm sorry, Boaz, I was under the impression you had some questions about Jesus of Nazareth.
Boaz: Oh, yeah. What is it that you like about that guy?
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References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »


Pillar of Salt
Written by Jacob Demke and Jerusha Hess
Produced by Ken Kruckenberg
Performed by Leslie Bibb
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Just Didn't Click
14 December 2015 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

Leaving the theater, the general feeling was "meh". Possibly based on Yiddish origin, it's a general shrug of the shoulders meaning neither good nor bad.

The best way to describe this movie is to say it's not funny enough for a comedy, but not serious enough for a drama. Rather than combining words and calling it a dramedy, I'd suggest keeping the same words but flipping the order, calling it a coma. The movie just never seem to get going. If intended as a light- hearted story, the laughs were just too few and far between, even though the premise itself was humorous. Meanwhile, the basic story of a Biblical archaeologist down on his luck was just a bit too silly for a drama. I'm a big fan of Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, and Danny McBride, but this wasn't a great vehicle for any of them.

It's a shame, because some aspects of the movie were very well done. The cinematography was fantastic, for example. Don't get me wrong, this wasn't a bad movie. It just didn't do much for me. Your mileage may vary.

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