Adapted from a film short into a movie, "Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul" exhibits the strain of the magnification process -- as premises go
feeling a little light in terms of the collection plate. The central performances, however, make this dark satire awkwardly watchable, with Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall as the
"Pastor Childs, are the allegations true?" Brown's Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs is asked near the outset, while leaving the specifics of the scandal purposefully vague for much of the
The details are actually relatively insignificant, as the relentlessly upbeat pastor and his wife Trinitie (Hall) work to rebuild their Atlanta megachurch
In what looks like an act of hubris, the Childs have also invited a documentary crew to tag along, fly-on-the-wall style,
That device represents the kind of thing that student filmmakers use, and writer-director Adamma Ebo -- who produced the film along with her twin sister Adanne
Eventually, amid references to "the settlement" paid out to those wrong, they resort to roadside preaching, an indication of how far the mighty have fallen.
Having made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, "Honk for Jesus" obviously has commentary about the transactional nature of certain religious outfits baked into the concept
In that sense, the movie provides a solid showcase for Brown and Hall while establishing Ebo as a talent to watch, if not, in this setting, one who completely delivers.
"I am not a perfect man," Pastor Childs concedes at one point. While "Honk for Jesus" isn't a perfect movie, give it praise for at least being an interesting one.