Screen Door Jesus
Source: Catholic News Service
Unfocused ensemble piece about the residents of a small Texas town -- including a local seductress (Scarlett McAlister), her philosophizing boyfriend (Mark Dalton), the lustful mayor (Richard Dillard), a guilt-wracked banker (Cliff Stevens), and a Pentecostal grandma (Anjanette Comer) -- whose disparate lives are affected by a "miraculous" image of Christ that appears on the front-porch screen door of one of the townsfolk (Cynthia Dorn). Directed by Kirk Davis, the uneven film -- which unfairly stereotypes a majority of the characters as intolerant rubes -- explores themes of faith, ecumenism, hypocrisy and racism resulting in a meandering collage that waffles between drama and dark comedy while passing an ambiguous verdict on religious belief. Sexual situations and discussions, shadowy suggested nudity, brief violence, an attempted suicide, a few anti-Catholic remarks and racial slurs, some irreverent and irreligious humor, as well as recurring rough and crude language and gestures and an instance of profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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