Tony Morris, a reporter for a local newspaper, suddenly finds his faith tested when he is instructed by his maniacal boss to cover a local gay pride parade. This assignment consists entirely of him interviewing a gay activist in a coffee shop to get that hard hitting piece done. As they argue back and forth on a wide variety of topics and employ outdated textbook arguments, the audience is left breathless in wonder. The plot twists and turns even more when Tony and his plastic wife discuss his occupational dilemma while sitting on the world’s most hideous couch (pictured above). Suspense builds when a random gun-wielding man threatens the lives of the two debaters. In the end, as the film’s original soundtrack asks us, will anyone have the right to believe?
Production Quality (0 points)
Being forced to sit through this docu-drama should be a crime. With poor video quality and amateurish camera work, Right to Believe is a loser in every possible way. The lighting is very inconsistent in the three sets that are used to film this wonder. That’s right: there’s only three sets. Audio quality is the pits, especially when you’re compelled to have the most obnoxious non-Hallmark soundtrack shoved into your ears, complete with the garage band original number that shares its title with this movie. To round things off, prop usage is high school caliber. In short, this is perhaps the cheapest looking production we have ever witnessed.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
This is not a plot. There is zero plot content and the entire film consists of two long-winded coffee shop debates on homosexuality, sin, Christianity, and other related topics. Both sides of the issue use strawman arguments, like the Christian character saying that sin is worse in modern times because of technology. The portrayal of the gay character is cringe-worthy. Despite there only being three or four main characters, there is no development of any of them as we are forced to watch them stiffly converse in a coffee shop environment and lounge on the world’s most hideous couch. They are talking points robots programmed to say stereotypical things.
No one will be converted based on the empty arguments offered by either side of the issue. There’s really not much else to say here except for this film is a total embarrassment.
Acting Quality (0 points)
With literally eight cast members to work with, the acting should be flawless due to efficient acting coaching. This is not the case (shocker). More than half the time, spoken lines are indiscernible and mumbled. There are no realistic emotions to speak of. But after reviewing the other elements of this film, who’s really surprised?
At the end of this film, there is a black and white epilogue depicting the main character’s confession article as an internationally acclaimed piece, even appearing in Chinese and Russian (?) newspapers and books. Are we really supposed to believe this is the case? The writers were obviously bigger in their own heads. If they really wanted to craft an unforgettable epic on the Christian response to homosexuality, they should have taken more time to actually listen to the other side rather than paint them as illegitimate and stupid. There is no care or thought in this film as sensitive issues are clinically diagnosed and ‘fixed’ with empty arguments and rhetoric. In some ways, Right to Believe is an example of the sad state of the American church: cold, unfeeling, entitled, and somewhat delusional.
Final Rating: 0 out of 10 points
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I forgot to mention that one of the compelling lines of this film features the main character comparing controversy to “a whole bunch of long tailed cats in a room full of rocking chairs…” Ummmm…ookkay?
Why on earth do ‘Christian movies’ with such a low budget always attempt to scale the steep cliff of controversial subject matters? Aside from that, should this subject even be considered controversial? It could be said that many social issues began with ignorant, arrogant Christians, such as the prematurely balding man in this film. I belive that if Christians spent more time trying to love EVERYONE the way Jesus did, instead of trying to convert them, we would not have the problems that we do today. Instead of trying to burden someone with the weight of religion, free them with the gift of love! I am not trying to say that this film is entirely to blame for this ignorant arrogance, it is simply one in a long line of movies that could have been great….and failed bitterly.