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The Home Teachers (2004)

PG | | Comedy | 9 January 2004 (USA)
Stocky Greg's passion is football, and he rounds up his family from their respective church meetings and rushes home just in time to make the kick-off of the Sunday afternoon Vikings game. ... See full summary »

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Kurt Hale
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Cast

Credited cast:
Danny Allen ... Billy Bob
Jim Bennett Jim Bennett ... Pat Mori
Jeff Birk Jeff Birk ... Nelson Parker
Michael Birkeland Michael Birkeland ... Greg Blazer
Emerson Brian Emerson Brian ... Jordan Blazer
Jimmy Chunga ... Phat Cop
Richard J. Clifford Richard J. Clifford ... Johnny Joe
Alex Darrow Alex Darrow ... Mori Kid
Stephanie Darrow Stephanie Darrow ... Mori Kid
Paul Eagleston Paul Eagleston ... Day-dream Reporter
Debbie Ellis Debbie Ellis ... Sister Cooper
Merrily Evans Merrily Evans ... Sunbeam Teacher
Anna K. Findlay Anna K. Findlay ... Lady Cop
Michael Flynn ... Karl
Ruth Hale Ruth Hale ... Funeral Organist
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Stocky Greg's passion is football, and he rounds up his family from their respective church meetings and rushes home just in time to make the kick-off of the Sunday afternoon Vikings game. He has just planted himself in front of his massive television screen scarfing down chicken when his new home teaching companion, Nelson, calls to inform him that he has set an appointment to visit the Mori family in 15 minutes. Mormon males serving as home teachers are admonished to visit with their assigned families once a month, bring them a spiritual message, and provide help as necessary. Nelson, a nerdy "letter of the law" kind of Mormon who will not even purchase gas on a Sunday, intends to visit 100 % of his assigned families every month, and as this is the last day of the month even the many madcap mishaps that start immediately will not deter him from completing his duty despite Greg's griping and attempts to get back to the games. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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The last day of the month was their first mistake...

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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief mild language

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Echo, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,494, 11 January 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$196,123, 4 April 2004
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was released in 2004, 14 years before the Mormon or LDS Church officially retired Home Teaching and replaced it with a program called Ministering, which happened during the April 2018 General Conference. See more »

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References Finding Nemo (2003) See more »

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Nearer, My God, To Thee
Written by Sarah F. Adams and Lowell Mason
Performed by The Rockamatics
Courtesy of Tim Fullmer and Flying Pig Records
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Deceptive tactics?
29 June 2004 | by hdradSee all my reviews

I'm not LDS or familiar with the religion beyond NBA player Shawn Bradley and former NFL players Jim McMahon and Steve Young. (If that's even accurate.)

And I don't know if the filmmakers are to blame for the deception I'm about to describe either. All those disclaimers out of the way...

My girlfriend and I were renting movies at Blockbuster, looking for a comedy that her little brother (10) could watch with us. She came across "The Home

Teachers," and we rented it despite our being unable to recognize any of the

"stars." Important note: There was NOTHING on the box that denoted this movie was about LDS.

So imagine our surprise when we get home, pop in the video, and see the

previews for other "Mormon movies," followed by the opening scene with the

blond guy sitting in a Bible class. (We gave up on it after seeing his cliched attempts to evade the straitlaced guy.)

Nothing against the filmmakers--unless they were willing participants in this deception. I'm sure they wanted to make a funny movie that LDS folks could

enjoy. But there should have been some mention on the original movie box or

the Blockbuster box, stating that this was a Mormon movie. Especially if this was an intentional omission in order to be an undercover venue for

proselytizing.

Oh well, there's four bucks I'll never see again.


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