[JESUS PEOPLE opens in Cleveland on Friday April 11th exclusively at The Great Lakes Stadium 16 Theatre.]
Review by Bob Ignizio
As JESUS PEOPLE begins, Pastor Jerry (Joel McCrary) learns from his doctor that he is dying. So he does what anyone in such a situation would do: he keeps the information from his wife and decides to start a Christian rock band to rescue his son from the influence of secular music. All this is conveyed using the mockumentary format made popular by Christopher Guest's films lke WAITING FOR GUFFMAN and BEST IN SHOW.
The characters are portrayed as nice but clueless, and the film seems to be unsure whether to really go for the throat or just softball it. The opening scene where Pastor Jerry is dressed down by his doctor inclines one to think the film will pursue the former path, but most of what follows lacks the appetite for such biting satire. Thankfully the film does deliver a fair number of mild laughs, and as with the casts of Guest's films, the actors do a good job of inhabiting their roles. 2 ½ out of 4 stars.