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Into Temptation (2009)

R | | Drama | 26 April 2009 (USA)
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A prostitute plans to end her life on her birthday, but her priest attempts to stop her from doing so.

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Patrick Coyle

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Patrick Coyle
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Sisto ... Father John Buerlein
Kristin Chenoweth ... Linda Salerno
Brian Baumgartner ... Fr. Ralph O'Brien
Bruce A. Young ... Lloyd Montag
Amy Matthews Amy Matthews ... Nadine Brennan
Tony Papenfuss Tony Papenfuss ... Zeke
Greta Oglesby Greta Oglesby ... Miriam
Ansa Akyea Ansa Akyea ... James St. Clair
Isabell O'Connor Isabell O'Connor ... Tessie Thomas (as Isabell Monk O'Connor)
Patrick Coyle ... Steven Miller
Linda Kelsey ... Corrine Buerlein
Lolita Lesheim Lolita Lesheim ... Della (as Lola Lesheim)
Gene Larche Gene Larche ... Gus
Marion Markham Marion Markham ... Diane
Ann Milligan Ann Milligan ... Judy
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A call girl goes to a priest to confess a sin she hasn't committed yet: she plans to kill herself on her next birthday. Then she disappears and he goes looking for her, enlisting the help of an ad hoc congregation of troubled souls along the way. A story about forgiveness. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and some sexual content

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English

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26 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Hopkins, Minnesota, USA See more »

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There are two slightly different versions of the Lord's Prayer. The "Catholic version" has some different wording and a different ending than the "Protestant version". In the scene where Fr. Brulein is saying mass, he and the congregation recite the "Protestant version" and not the "Catholic version". See more »

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Surprisingly progressive... Thankfully unresolved and irreverent
9 August 2010 | by kurtisjvandermolenSee all my reviews

I am bringing two skill sets to this review; (1) a tough movie critic, and (2) an irreverent but informed ex-seminary student. On both fronts, this film was spectacular.

(1) The writing was excellent in terms of being contemporary-- especially in light of the context of a Catholic priest--irreverent, unpredictable, unassuming in its theological treatment, unconventional, and (thankfully!) at the end, refreshingly unresolved.

(2) The themes were consistently theologically grounded, albeit within the Catholic vernacular. Father Ralph brings a distinctly expedient and assured style into the dialogue, while Father John brings a more deliberate, cognitive but dedicated approach. The two balance each other like a great "work team" arriving at a plausible and thought-provoking explanation for the darkness that is our human condition.

This film was surprisingly excellent. Upon watching a few previews prior to the film, I had significant doubts that I would finish a full 95 minutes of viewing. Yet the film brought me through real life, uncomfortable conversations, earnest seeking, genuine intent, and left me with the best possible theological conclusion: one of Grace.


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