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« on: March 31, 2014, 10:05:50 PM »

All too often, Christian films, no matter how positive or Biblical their message, are just plain bad movies.  Badly acted, overly contrived,
preachy, and annoying.
But today I had the chance to go catch a matinee showing of Kevin Sorbo's GOD'S NOT DEAD, and I was VERY impressed.
Impressed enough, in fact, that I want to go catch a second viewing of it with my family later this week.  I think that, no matter what side of the theist/atheist debate you fall on, this is a thought-provoking film that can stir some interesting conversations.

Kevin Sorbo plays Professor Radisson, a college philosophy professor who is a militant atheist.  He opens each lecture in his Philosophy 150 course by listing all the great philosophers and thinkers of history who have been atheists, and then explains that since the issue of God's existence has been clearly settled in the negative, he wants to dispense with any discussion of the Almighty for the rest of the semester.  He then asks his 80 students to all sign a three word statement and hand it in - "God is dead."
  Freshman student Josh Wheadon refuses, so Radisson issues him a challenge: he has three 20 minute lectures to prove the existence of God; failure to do so will result in a grade of "F" in the first unit of study, which is one third of the grade for the course.  Josh agrees, on the condition that his classmates serve as the jury, since Radisson's mind is already made up.  Against the advice of his parents and his girlfriend, Josh prepares to meet his professor's challenge.
Several other storylines intersect throughout the movie - from a young Muslim girl who has converted to Christianity but is hiding her faith from her strict father, to the pastor who feels as if his ministry is no longer making a difference in people's lives, to the young atheistic blogger wrestling with the diagnoses if terminal cancer.  While the story is somewhat contrived in places, the movie is well-done, well-acted, and uplifting.
  There seem to be a bevy of faith-based films being released this year;  I hope the rest of them are this good

In the meantime, I strongly recommend this film to all my fellow Bad Movie Lovers!
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2014, 12:13:42 AM »

From the plot description, sounds like they were inspired by several related urban legends about atheist professors:

http://www.snopes.com/religion/chalk.asp

I have to admit, I find the central conceit pretty hard to believe.  Maybe professors get a lot wider latitude in some universities than others?

I'll have to say though, I've never seen Kevin Sorbo not be game in a role.  He's probably great as a real prick, right? 
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2014, 09:03:22 AM »

At the end of the movie, the producers provided a list of about 20 actual court cases where students who were ridiculed, received failing grades, or were otherwise academically punished for openly professing their faith on campus.  While the central story of the film is false, it is loosely based on some of these cases.

Incidentally, I saw the movie a second time Friday night, and tried to pay closer attention to it as a film.  I still think the performances were very strong. None of the characters were one-dimensional - every one was carefully fleshed out.
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2014, 03:37:07 PM »

At the end of the movie, the producers provided a list of about 20 actual court cases where students who were ridiculed, received failing grades, or were otherwise academically punished for openly professing their faith on campus.  While the central story of the film is false, it is loosely based on some of these cases.

That's terrible.  I am curious about the actual cases, wish they had more information on the official site or the wiki.

I'll admit to being curious about the film because of what its origin appears to be.  Might check it out when it hits DVD.
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2014, 06:04:18 PM »

The director's career is though hahaha jk it sounds interesting
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2014, 06:06:12 PM »

Kevin Sorbo did an interview on O'Reilly the other night.  He said that since he came out as a Christian, his readings for movie parts have gone from
30-40 per year to 3-4 per year.  Be that as it may, I think this performance is the best I have ever seen him give.
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2014, 12:52:16 PM »

Our Sunday School class all wants to see this together. Smile
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2014, 04:22:07 PM »

Kevin Sorbo did an interview on O'Reilly the other night.  He said that since he came out as a Christian, his readings for movie parts have gone from
30-40 per year to 3-4 per year.  Be that as it may, I think this performance is the best I have ever seen him give.

Yeah, I'm sure coming out as Christian is the reason.  Everyone in the film and TV biz threw out a line with the Christian alert tag, don't hire Kevin Sorbo!  Not, ya know, entering the middle age bracket where parts dry up, particularly for someone who was previously a bit of a pretty boy. 

I like the guy, but c'mon.  Lookingup
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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2014, 05:45:22 PM »

I'm sure some of it was related to his age and role choices, but if you think there isn't some anti-Christian prejudice in Hollywood, you're fooling yourself.  Not universal, but present nonetheless.  Many of the celebrity set really despise Christianity.
 Sorbo did have two of the top-rated series of the 1990's, and he's definitely got some acting skills.

That being said, he also picked a couple of real stinker roles that damaged his marketability, no doubt!

Anyway, all that aside, I still loved this movie.
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« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2014, 02:53:39 PM »

Kevin Sorbo did an interview on O'Reilly the other night.  He said that since he came out as a Christian, his readings for movie parts have gone from
30-40 per year to 3-4 per year.  Be that as it may, I think this performance is the best I have ever seen him give.

Yeah, I'm sure coming out as Christian is the reason.  Everyone in the film and TV biz threw out a line with the Christian alert tag, don't hire Kevin Sorbo!  Not, ya know, entering the middle age bracket where parts dry up, particularly for someone who was previously a bit of a pretty boy. 

I like the guy, but c'mon.  Lookingup

There is a definite liberal bent in Hollyweird, Jim. I mean, think about it. If instead of Kevin Sorbo coming out as a Christian, he had come out as gay, he would probably be getting offers of 300-400 parts now instead of only 3-4. I mean, take a look at Ellen Page as a perfect example; a mediocre actress who is witnessing her acting career on a slow decline due to her rather ho-hum performance in movies, suddenly decides that now is a good time to come out as a lesbian? I like the girl, but c'mon. Lookingup
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2014, 01:13:23 AM »

I hope this is released here as I love films that challenge me and I think this one will.
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