For Christ’s Sake (2010) Is Not for Everyone
A priest (Jed Reese) is conned into loaning his brother $54,000 from the church’s emergency fund for cancer treatments, then learns his brother is using the money to produce a porno flick when he visits him in Los Angeles for repayment. Because the priest’s church desperately needs the money to pay John Schneider to appear at its fundraiser, he agrees to stay with his brother Alan (Will Sasso),until he completes the film and can pay back the loan.
For Christ’s Sake, written by Jeff Lewis and directed by Jackson Douglas, is a raunchy comedy that is certain to offend most practicing Christians, as well as those opposed to pornography or the exploitation of women. Despite a number of avenues to approaching the storyline, filmmakers chose the low road. While the first half is funny because it capitalizes on the priest’s discomfort with his brother’s “friends,” the second half disappoints.
Once the direction of the plot is established, the story could have the priest succumbing to temptation or bravely defying it while making immoral choices for practical reasons. Make no mistake, For Christ’s Sake could never have been a “Rated G” family film, but it could have been somewhat intelligent. Instead it went for formula and cheap laughs (which translate to few laughs).
Not looking forward to watching For Christ’s Sake, I was at first delighted to find I was watching an amusing film, but when it takes a turn for the worse, it stays on that road. Considering the popularity of films like American Pie, For Christ’s Sake is certain to have an audience that finds it highly entertaining. I found it uncomfortable, and I’m not even Catholic. (DVD release date: December 6, 2011)