6.1/10
535
20 user 1 critic

Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk (2017)

Trailer
1:11 | Trailer
A teenage boy comes of age during the Reagan years, discovering that he really enjoys many pleasurable things that his family and his religion frown upon.

Director:

Eric Stoltz

Writer:

Tony DuShane
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Sasha Feldman ... Gabe
Nicholas Harsin ... Peter
Kit DeZolt ... Kien
Lauren Lakis ... Karen
Paul Adelstein ... Allen
Tara Summers ... Linn
Reed Diamond ... Brother Miller
James Karen ... Interviewee #1
Shari Belafonte ... Flo
Sam Behrens ... Elder #1
Rob Giles ... Uncle Jeff
Scott Atkinson ... Terry
Charlie Buhler ... Jasmine
Katherine Castillo ... Camille
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anastasia Barzee ... Laura
Learn more

More Like This 

The Witnesses (2020)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Via interviews and first-hand accounts, this true crime documentary reveals the stories of four former Jehovah's Witnesses who suffered years of sexual abuse during their time in the church.

Stars: Paige Adlhoch, Robert Artz, Sarah Brooks
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A teenage boy's infatuation with a woman he sees on the bus further complicates his already tumultuous adolescence.

Director: Melissa Miller Costanzo
Stars: Brendan Meyer, Molly Ringwald, Brian d'Arcy James
Apostasy (2017)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A faithful Jehovah's Witness is forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. As the separation draws out, she starts to question the meaning of God's love.

Director: Daniel Kokotajlo
Stars: Siobhan Finneran, Robert Emms, Steve Evets
Perfect Feet (2019)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Perfect Feet the Movie is a feature length Documentary film about one man's journey to find the perfect set of feet.

Director: Calvin Dwight Harris
Stars: Christian Bailey, Christine Battenfield, Dina Bautista
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A babysitter with a clever and violent ward. A patient who mistrusts the doctor's orders. A young woman haunted by a malevolent presence. And the terror that ties them all together: BUGS. ... See full summary »

Director: Simone Kisiel
Stars: Julia Beach, Marissa Carpio, Joe Cilio
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A young violinist struggles to assert her individuality amidst the intense pressure of her pianist father, and the weight of her own musical ability.

Director: Catherine Dudley-Rose
Stars: Rachel Ann, Bjorn Johnson, Laura Kirk
Hesperia (2019)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

In a small desert town a home invasion goes terribly wrong.

Director: Steve Helgoth
Stars: Germain Arroyo, Candido Carter, Xingu Del Rosario
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Return to Horror Hotel is an anthology feature with 4 segments. One is about giant a bedbugs, one is about a magical charm that turns girls beautiful, one is about a WWII sailor who hasn't aged and one is about a terrorizing severed hand.

Directors: Ricky Hess, Brandon Thaxton
Stars: Baby Norman, J Michael Grey, R.C. Sayyah
Cicada Song (2019)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Karen, left for dead in the wilderness, struggles to survive after uncovering a dark secret about the people in her Middle America hometown while searching for her missing Latina lover and ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Starr
Stars: Lyndsey Lantz, Jenny Mesa, Kim Reed
Huckleberry (2018)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Huckleberry pursues Jolene, in spite of her loathsome boyfriend, Clint. Rebuffed, Huckleberry confronts Clint, but not before unleashing hell upon him while still cloaked in the lingering shadow of his undiscovered intentions.

Director: Roger Hill
Stars: Daniel Fisher-Golden, Jahking Guillory, Sarah Ulstrup
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A small town's reaction to scandal.

Director: Bob Byington
Stars: Kaley Wheless, Nick Offerman, Martin Starr
Entanglement III (2017)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

While recovering from a suicide attempt, Ben Layton accidentally falls in love with a girl who was very nearly, almost his sister - and then things start to get weird.

Director: Jason James
Stars: Diana Bang, Thomas Middleditch, Jess Weixler
Edit

Storyline

A teenage boy comes of age during the Reagan years, discovering that he really enjoys many pleasurable things that his family and his religion frown upon.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

jesus in title | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Eric Stoltz has worked with numerous actors in this movie before or since.

As of November 2019, Stoltz also directed Paul Adelstein in four episodes of Private Practice (2007), Tara Summers in episodes of Boston Legal (2004), Private Practice (2007), and Madam Secretary (2014), Rob Giles in Glee: Blame It on the Alcohol (2011), Scott Atkinson in The Grand Design (2007), Anastasia Barzee in Made in Jersey: Ridgewell (2012) and Madam Secretary: Tectonic Shift (2016), Dean Cameron in Glee: Guilty Pleasures (2013), and How to Get Away with Murder: He Deserved to Die (2014), Bevin Hamilton in Private Practice: Do the Right Thing (2009), Cara Loften in Madam Secretary: Whisper of the Ax (2015), Rod McLachlan in Class Rank (2017), The Bulls (2005), Boston Legal: The Object of My Affection (2007), Quarterlife: Home Sweet Home (2008), Glee: Opening Night (2014), and Madam Secretary: Strategic Ambiguity (2019), Sarah McMullen in How to Get Away with Murder: He Deserved to Die (2014), Ann Russo in Grey's Anatomy: Brave New World (2008), Private Practice: If You Don't Know Me by Now (2011), and Glee: Big Brother (2012), Will Watkins in Madam Secretary: Labor of Love (2017), and finally Sam Breslin Wright in Black Box: Jerusalem (2014) and fourteen episodes of Madam Secretary (2014).

Stoltz also acted alongside Reed Diamond in Memphis Belle (1990) and Homicide: Life on the Street: Wu's on First? (1997), with James Karen in The Violation of Sarah McDavid (1981), with Dean Cameron in Things Are Looking Up (1984), Kicking and Screaming (1995), Mad About You: The Birth: Part 1 (1997), Mad About You: The Birth: Part 2 (1997), It's a Shame About Ray (2000), Hi-Life (1998), Hollywood Palms (2001), Highball (1997), and Sleep with Me (1994), with Lauren Katz in Kicking and Screaming (1995), with Kenneth Hughes in Private Practice: If You Don't Know Me by Now (2011), Mr. Jealousy (1997), and Highball (1997), with Rod McLachlan in Great Performances: Our Town (1989), with Tegan West in Chicago Hope: Vanishing Acts (1999), Greasy Lake (1988), Hi-Life (1998), Grace of My Heart (1996) and Sleep with Me (1994), and finally with Sam Breslin Wright in Out of Order (2003) and Happy Hour (2003). See more »

User Reviews

 
Balances respecting people's faith, with the realities of being a Jehovah Witness
3 May 2018 | by LLgoatJSee all my reviews

I'm not a fan of Jehovah Witness after my wife was harrassed on the door step and had to call the police to get rid of them. I am also not particularly religious but I still enjoyed this film. Although this obviously has a great deal to do with the religion, at its heart it really is just a coming of age film.

The film follows Gabe and his friends as they try and be teenagers while following the strict religion that punishes them with not being allowed to interact with other Jehovah Witnesses. Of course being teenagers they break all the rules.

This is not a religious film. There is sex shown and mentioned but nothing explicit. Although there is a comical but explicit integration of a new adult recruit about accidental anal sex with his wife. I wouldn't watch it with your nan.

Overall I enjoyed this film. There are funny and sad parts. The film showed the harsh realities of being a Jehovah Witness but at the same time did not preach that people who choose this religion are bad or stupid people. The film has moments with older Jehovah Witnesses about why they joined the religion. Although it doesn't make it clear if these were genuine or actors.

The whole Jehovah Witness thing may put people off but they are missing out on a decent film. The film is basically a coming of age film just with the twist of being set with the turmoil of a religion that frowns upon all the urges and things you want to do as a teenager.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Trees of Shade See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed