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Quetzal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:08 PM
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NY Times: An Irreverent Comedy Is Seeking Christians
An Irreverent Comedy Is Seeking Christians

LOS ANGELES, May 5 In a darkened screening room where movie-altering decisions are made, the newly minted Christian audience is under consideration by Hollywood experts.

MGM is holding one of a series of screenings of "Saved!," a small, irreverent comedy, set to open on May 28, about an evangelical Christian high school. But the movie is proving difficult to market. Though Hollywood is eager to capitalize on the Christian audience that emerged in huge numbers to see "The Passion of the Christ," movie executives are unsure about what kinds of movies will appeal to it. Does "Saved!" fit the bill?

In "Saved!," Mandy Moore and Macaulay Culkin (in a wheelchair) are siblings attending the school, a Midwestern institution where "Jesus loves you" is a mantra and an order. A giant cutout of Jesus looms over the campus. Pastor Skip, played by Martin Donovan, is the spiritual leader of the school, handsome, hip and given to complimenting his students on being "phat."

Jena Malone plays a teenager who becomes pregnant while trying to cure her boyfriend of his homosexuality and save him from damnation. Her mother, a divorce played by Mary-Louise Parker, is trying to be right with God but has an affair with Pastor Skip.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/06/movies/06CHRI.html?8h...

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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:12 PM
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1. I wanna see it!!!
Maybe Canadian cable will pick it up.
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AmericanErrorist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:14 PM
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2. This seems like
one those "Bluff the Listener" answers on "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!" Are you sure that this one hasn't been made of by Adam Felber or Sue Ellicott?
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damnraddem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:29 PM
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5. No, on WWDTM they try to make their stories plausible enough to be true,
even though false.

This one is so crazy that it isn't plausible -- so it must be true.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:16 PM
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3. Im sorry but this sounds evil in every way
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damnraddem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:27 PM
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4. Maybe they should rename it.
Born Again Alone?

Belted by the Bible?
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St. Jarvitude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:52 PM
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6. "cure her boyfriend of his homosexuality" ???
:wtf:

How the hell could she have a truly out of the closet boyfriend? More bullshit propaganda from the "religious" right wing: gays are really only faking it so they can have more sex. ??!

I repeat: :wtf:
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Lizz612 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:47 PM
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7. I really want to see this
It seems to be both poking fun at the zealots and trying to get at the core tolerance based Christian values. I would like to see if I'm right. I saw the trailer Quicktime at Apple's trailers page.
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