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Preaching to the Choir (2005)

On the One (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 14 April 2006 (USA)
A pair of estranged twins driven apart by the death of their parents find reconciliation and redemption after following radically different paths in life.

Writers:

Monica Lengyel Karlson (story), Kevin Heffernan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Bull Sharky
Tichina Arnold ... Desiree
Rosa Arredondo ... Rachel
Denise Burse ... Sister Marcie
Eugene Callendar Eugene Callendar ... Elderly Reverend (as Rev. Eugene Callendar)
Laura Dias ... Shana (as Maya Days)
Jane Fergus ... TV Reporter
Peter Jay Fernandez ... Booker Lee (as Peter J. Fernandez)
Dennis Jay Funny ... Himself (as Dennis Funny)
Craig muMs Grant ... Sharif (as muMs da Schemer)
Janine Green ... Kia
Billoah Greene Billoah Greene ... Teshawn Tucker / Zulunatic
Kevin Heffernan ... Amish Man
Marva Hicks Marva Hicks ... Cora Lee
D. Jamaar ... Young Wesley (as Derek Jamaar Taylor)
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Storyline

A pair of estranged twins driven apart by the death of their parents find reconciliation and redemption after following radically different paths in life.

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Taglines:

A righteous comedy with a divinely inspired beat.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sex and drug references | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Preaching to the Choir See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$190,865, 16 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$343,522, 23 April 2006
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cataland Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Production filming ended only hours before the blackout of the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada of the summer of 2003. See more »

Connections

References Zorro (1957) See more »

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The movie written/produced by "anti-experts"
16 July 2006 | by rking-19See all my reviews

The title of this movie and basic outline -- of two brothers dramatically affected in different ways by painful events in their childhood -- dangles the promise of an interesting story idea, but then goes on to destroy that promise offensively.

When the two brothers grow up, one becomes an uptight pastor at Harlem church, and the other becomes a rapper whose most prominent promo item is a drawing of his face with a satanic feel. The rapper gets in trouble (predictably) as a result of his behavior, which leads to the brothers confronting their relationship with each other, amidst a background of cardboard church people.

The synthesis coming from this clash of opposing minds is not redeeming at all. The movie seems to say that good and evil aren't really good and evil, that the pastor is in essence just as bad as the rapper, and the best approach is to average out the good and evil without examination. To what do they average, I wonder?

It is extremely clear that no one of any influence on this production is Christian, or understands in any way what it means to be a Christian. As a result, the movie displays some superficial trappings of religion but no deeper reality. Sadly, there are many real instances of problems in the church where the members and leadership act in ungodly ways (I know - I've been victimized by them), but this movie turns that into a farce. Further, there are no roles demonstrating someone with a true, life-changing belief.

If you are in any way a believing and acting (i.e. "real") Christian, I strongly urge you to avoid "Preaching to the Choir". If you are not, be advised that what you see in this movie represents only the secular world relabeled as Christianity, so the writers/producers don't have to take responsibility for their own attitudes.


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