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Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a small apartment with five young prank-loving missionaries and, to top it off, his first companion, 29-year-old Marcus Dalton, proves to be a harsh mentor. After only one day as a missionary, Allen is ready to hang up his necktie and go home. His point-of-view changes, however, as he begins to see the struggles and sacrifices that the other missionaries endure: Dalton, he soon learns, is fighting a losing battle with cancer. Banks, an African-American missionary, was disowned by his family when he joined the Mormon church. Kinegar, a fifth-generation Latter-Day Saint, finds himself doubting under the intellectual attacks of anti-Mormons. Working and living with these young men, Allen becomes a part of the drama occurring under the everyday surface of missionary life. After only a few intense days, ... Written by
Elder Sandoval is seen playing a guitar. Musical instruments are allowed on Mormon missions, though many forgo them, preferring to travel light. See more »
So, what did you think of the sisters?
Monson's nice, I don't know about the other one.
Yeah, Sister Fronk.
She's a very smart girl.
Well, she thinks so.
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Gwen Dutcher is credited as "Sexy Mormon Lady." This is not an actual character in the film, but Richard Dutcher's wife. She gets another "crazy credit" in his film Brigham City. See more »
I'm an ex-Mormon who, as a film buff, thought that "God's Army" was saleable merchandise. One thing that is great about movies is that it can take you to worlds or lifestyles that you wouldn't get to see otherwise (or want to see) such as "Boogie Nights" look at the porn industry. "God's Army" is that sort of look into the world of an LDS missionary. Of course the movie is aimed at Mormons but I did like Richard Dutcher's willingness to have one of the missionairies start to question the validity of Mormonism and finally quit his mission. I can guarantee you that every LDS propaganda film made has always shown missionaries and LDS leaders as stalwarts without a hint of doubt about their work.
I also liked it that he included the scene where the black couple gives a dressing down to the African-American LDS missionary (I'm sure that there're are some; I've never seen one in person or even met anyone who has met one!). The missionary's response to past, blatant LDS institutional racism falls like a lead balloon to the couple and it seems evident that Dutcher feels that the official LDS line on past race problems is insufficient.
He's also willing to show the missionaries with not only their hair down, but their pants down as well. The practical joke photos of different missionaries sitting on the john were funny and I can only imagine more than a few LDS leaders being a bit offended by that. Again, a bit of Dutcher's unorthodoxy seeping through? Everything I've read about him says he's a TBM (true believing Mormon) but there is something about Dutcher that seems just a little out of step, just a little unorthodox for the usual Mormon. I know that he's trying to create a "Mormon Cinema" and it will probably make him a wealthy man since he has no real competitors for the LDS-drama genre. I would like to see what he could do though with just a straight, non-LDS theme movie and some better actors.
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