A Life-Affirming Comedy of Faith! Based on the Hit Play, Starring Ed Asner and John Cariani.
After moving to a small, rural town, uptight Joel Bixby, is invited by an agreeable new acquaintance to join a group of townsmen who meet in a ramshackle room at the edge of town.
Normally a loner, Joel finds himself enamored by boisterous, fast food connoisseur Leo Applegatep and reluctantly agrees to go.
Unknowingly the “replacement” for a beloved member who recently passed away, Joel meets the group’s other surviving members and is swept up in their strange lives, but struggles with their secretive purpose for gathering … until he realizes each of them is as lost as himself.
Gleeful Dink Jack Kehler, who deeply loves his bald wife, is “in touch” with his feminine side; Perry, a former minister, is suffering a crisis of faith; and volatile Nick, who lost his job and family, also seeks a miracle.
As the men grapple with their worries and unraveling lives, Joel finally learns their mysterious purpose.
(Special family friendly edition for the Christian market includes a printable study guide, “Biblical Perspectives,” for Sunday school classes, fellowship groups and Christian book clubs.)
This is not my normal type of Christian film that I like because there wasn’t any real obvious Christianity in it. Even though I made that first statement, this is the type of movie that stays with you long after it’s over. It leads you to really think about what they were trying to say. There were some real great moments in this film that we enjoyed, in between the scenes where it left us just wondering…
So, long after the film was over we got into more of a discussion about it and determined that there was WAY more to this film than you first catch onto.
There is one section where the former pastor is talking about what he went through on a continual basis and I’m sure there was a WHOLE lot of truth to what he was saying. It made me have a newfound respect for pastors.
ED ASNER as LEO
So, it’s hard not to pick Ed Asner as the favorite in this movie. He’s such an amazing actor. There is one scene in particular, towards the end when he talks about the elephant sighs. This was the most significant part of the entire movie for us. What a powerful scene! You’ll have to see it to completely understand.
I don’t like to give spoilers so I want to just add that after the film was over, Roger & I discussed who Ed Asner was really supposed to be in this film. Watch the movie, think about it awhile, and let us know what you think.
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