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What Would Jesus Buy? (2007)

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An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Adetola Abiade Adetola Abiade ... Alto
Paul Allen Paul Allen ... Tenor
Paul Norman Allen Paul Norman Allen ... Paul
Paul Norman Allen Paul Norman Allen ... Tenor
Shannon Baxter Shannon Baxter ... Soprano
Rick Becker Rick Becker ... Trombone
James Solomon Benn James Solomon Benn ... Choir Director / Choreographer
Reverend Billy Reverend Billy ... Reverend Billy
Ben Cerf Ben Cerf ... Bass
Misun Choi Misun Choi ... Soprano
Ben Dubin-Thaler Ben Dubin-Thaler ... Bass
Savitri Durkee Savitri Durkee ... Church Director
Leah Farrell Leah Farrell ... Tenor
Gina Figueroa ... Alto
Mike Flthye Mike Flthye ... Drums


An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt.) The film also delves into issues such as the role sweatshops play in America's mass consumerism and Big-Box Culture. From the humble beginnings of preaching at his portable pulpit on New York City subways, to having a congregation of thousands - Bill Talen (aka Rev. Billy) has become the leader of not just a church, but a national movement. Written by Warrior Poets Releasing

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The movie Santa doesn't want you to see!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material and brief mild language

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

16 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bentonville, Arkansas, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,527, 18 November 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$196,990, 30 December 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Safeway (about 40 minutes into the film) identified as Oakland, is in fact in Berkeley. See more »

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Glory, Hallelujah!
16 December 2007 | by Seamus2829See all my reviews

This is a giddy,goofy little film with a vital message....ease back on the excessive consumerism. Reverend Billy (Bill Talen) is a performance artist that looks a bit like Elvis with a blonde Pompadour & delivers his messages much like one of those old time fire & brimstone preachers. The only thing is that instead of pounding Jesus down every body's throats (much like the Baptists do), Rev. Billy speaks out against the dangers of shopping. He takes his wife (who wears several hats as director of the performances,choir master,etc.)& his congregation on the road to speak out. A myriad of things happen on the road:some good,others not so good. One of the high points of the film comes when Rev.Billy & company go to Disneyland & manage to touch more than their share of raw nerves there. It kind of reminded me of that sequence in Terry Gilliam's 'Fear & Loathing In Los Vegas',when Hunter Thompson (Johnny Depp)drops acid at a casino in Vegas that resembles a circus (get the picture?). I'm told that there is another documentary about Reverend Billy out there. If the fates are good, perhaps I'll get to peruse that one,as well. CAVAET FOR THE BIBLE THUMPERS:Although religion isn't really slammed in Talen's performances,this film could be offensive to any & all fundamentalist Christians that are satire challenged and/or humour impared (in short:any body that wields religion as a weapon of mass destruction..please stay away from this film, so the rest of us can have a good laugh without fear of you going postal in the cinema during a screening of this very funny film)

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