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Believe Me (2014)
35 out of 43 people found the following review useful:
Without a doubt, the best "Christian film" I've ever seen., 24 September 2014
9/10

I put "Christian film" in quotes because the filmmakers are Christians, but I guarantee it's not the type of movie you're probably thinking of (God's Not Dead, Heaven Is For Real, Kirk Cameron's stuff, etc). It is the first "Christian film" I've seen that wasn't preachy or trying to cram a message down my throat. Messages are there, sure, but they are for you to extrapolate and consider like any good film. Also, the film isn't reserved or afraid of poking at its home audience. In fact, I'd say a good portion of it is designed to intentionally provoke questions in Christians themselves where usually Christian movies are trying to get non-believers to "question" things. Lastly, it is most definitely the funniest Christian movie I've seen (Miles Fisher and Max Adler are superb) and probably the best in terms of the craft of filmmaking (something many others tend to put low on the priority list).

I was just honestly taken aback by how much I enjoyed it. I typically loathe Christian films, having seen so many growing up, but this was like a breath of fresh air. If more Christian films were like this, perhaps they wouldn't be thought of as such a joke by most everyone else.

Bridesmaids (2011/I)
150 out of 277 people found the following review useful:
Judd Apatow meets Wedding Crashers meets The Hangover, with females!, 27 April 2011
9/10

This movie is hilarious fun. My wife drags me to one chick flick a year in the theater, and I'm glad it's this one. Considering the talent involved, I expected something more than meets the eye after seeing the trailer. However, I was not expecting such a hysterical experience. This is a chick flick for dudes... the anti-chick flick "chick flick" if you will.

What I loved about this movie is that although you get a sense of the heart and charm, it's not afraid to pull any punches just because the characters are female (the scene in the bridal shop will be the topic of much discussion, I assure you). I also loved the cast, lead by the always awesome Kristen Wiig. She was perfect in this role and I hope she does more work like this. She can make me pee my pants with laughter, and then straighten me right back up in a matter of seconds.

I also loved the pacing of most of the film. Several scenes had just the right amount of awkwardness or pause or "beat" that really added an extra element of hilarity. There were several of those scenes where the audience was collectively cracking up, almost violently so. People were wiping tears from their eyes and still relaying jokes back and forth to one another as they filed out of the theater.

Anyway, guys, trust me.. make this the "chick flick" you surprise your girl with and take her to the theater. You won't regret it.