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The R.M. (2003)

Jared Phelps (Kirby Heyborne) has completed two years of full-time missionary service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His mission president has promised him that he ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirby Heyborne ... Jared Phelps
Daryn Tufts ... Basketball Player
Will Swenson ... Kori Swenson
Britani Bateman Underwood ... Kelly Powers (as Britani Bateman)
Tracy Ann Evans Tracy Ann Evans ... Emma Phelps
Merrill Dodge Merrill Dodge ... Brigham Phelps
Michael Birkeland Michael Birkeland ... Dewey
Maren Ord Maren Ord ... Sariah Phelps
Big Budah ... Humu
Curt Doussett ... Defense Attorney
Wally Joyner Wally Joyner ... Brother Colin Jensen
Jericho Road Jericho Road ... Prison Band
Gary Crowton Gary Crowton ... Bishop Andrews
Rulon Gardner ... Good Samaritan
Larry H. Miller Larry H. Miller ... Car Dealer


Jared Phelps (Kirby Heyborne) has completed two years of full-time missionary service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His mission president has promised him that he will be blessed for his service, and he thinks he has it all worked out. His girlfriend has waited for him. His boss promised that he could have his old job back, and he has already sent his application to BYU. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong. His girlfriend dumps him. His losses his job, and he isn't accepted to BYU. Then, it gets even worse, and he has to decide if choosing the right is worth all the trouble. Written by Erin Howarth

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A film about choosing the right...when everything goes wrong. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements

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Release Date:

31 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Returned Missionary See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$130,352, 2 February 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,111,615, 28 September 2003
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Halestorm Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


The set for the bedroom that Jared shares with Humu was built in a prison. See more »


The crew and equipment are highly visible in the jewelry store where every wall is covered with mirrors. See more »


Jared: [attempting to explain who he is] Home! Me! Home! Me!
Humu: Hey, Homey!
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Crazy Credits

No animals were harmed in the making of this film...except for that dog - stupid dog! See more »


Referenced in In the Service of God (2003) See more »


Called To Serve
Words by Grace Gordon
Music by Walter G. Tyler
Arranged and Performed by Edit Nothing
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Well worth watching
4 July 2004 | by rptmaestroSee all my reviews

Being in the theatre and film industry myself, I've generally been critical of cheesy LDS comedies, but The RM was not cheesy. Almost all of the humor is based on exaggeration, some of it more exaggerated than others. The contrast between Relief Society and Elder's Quorum meetings, however, was almost right on the mark, right down to the doily on top of R.S. radio and the E.Q. instructor's plea to have someone read the first 6 pages of the lesson. Having grown up in the Idaho-Utah LDS culture myself, I found much of the humor about LDS culture delightful; though I expect that members of the church from other states may miss the humor that is aimed almost exclusively at the Idaho-Utah culture.

The RM fits into the farce genre, which does not require realism, depth of character, or a poignant moral, so if the viewer goes into the theatre expecting any of these, he or she is going to be disappointed.

My one criticism is that the film, perhaps in its attempt to portray the humorous elements of LDS society, comes across as cynical in many scenes, and the more critical LDS viewer may find this offensive. For example, contrary to the film's depiction, Elder's Quorums do have many elders who bring their manuals, who diligently prepare lessons, and who faithfully perform their home teaching--even in Idaho and Utah. It is doubtful this perceived cynicism is intended, and it is more likely that it is merely the byproduct of the film's attempt to maximize humor.

My wife and I found the film delightful. We found it far more entertaining than most of the comedies that prevail in movies theaters today--most of which are also farces, but that, despite their multi-million dollar casts, maximize humor with cheap sexual references, foul language, and cynical views of the America and the family and leave us feeling that we need to scrub our eyes and ears with a Brillo pad. Watch The RM. It's well worth your time.

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