After racecar driver Randy Wilcox crashes his car in a race, his family convinces him to retire. Thus, he decides to move the bed and breakfast in rural Colorado that his father willed to him. What the Wilcox family finds there is a lack of modern conveniences and a collection of quirky characters who live eccentric lives. Yet through the comedic mishaps they endure, they begin to like their new home, despite the inconveniences.
Production Quality (1.5 points)
Though the production of this series looks good on the surface, it really just boils down to a silly sitcom. Video quality is fine, but camera work has a lot of shortcuts taken in it due to the genre. The genre also brings with it an obnoxious laugh track, as if we are to believe that this was recorded in front of a live studio audience. However, other audio quality is fine, even if the soundtrack is extremely generic. Furthermore, sets and locations are severely limited, once again due to the sitcom genre. Finally, editing is very standard and uninspiring. Basically, PureFlix still knows how to make things look good on the outside without any real substance.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
Much like past comedy projects from the bizarre minds of David A. R. White and Tommy Blaze, Hitting the Breaks is one half lazy and one half downright zany and nonsensical. Full of cheesy small town characters that are obviously copycatting other films and series, one has to endure constant reality television confessionals that litter the series. In these ten episodes, each one follows a predictable formula: David A. R. White gets himself into some comedic escapade and then has to get out of it in twenty minutes or less to leave himself time to read a ‘life lesson’ from his father’s journal at the end that attempts to force a purpose into this madness. These ‘life lessons’ are laughably cheap Christian messages, thus leaving the series pointless and purposeless. Most of the comedy isn’t even funny, whether it’s for the right reason or the wrong reason. The dialogue is chock-full of stupid catchphrases and caricatures as everything generally gets zanier and less explainable as the series progresses. In the end, it’s like they just run out of ideas and find a random way to end it. Basically, there is little to no point in this mess.
Acting Quality (.5 point)
For this barn-burning cast, PureFlix trotted out ever crazy person they have ever had in their films and put them all together in one place. Everyone is as absurd as can be expected, especially the Whites, Kevin Downes, Moran Fairchild, and everyone’s favorite Jennifer Lyons. Gregg Binkley makes a special spectacle of himself throughout the series as he tries desperately to be the new Barney Fife. It’s surprising that Tommy Blaze didn’t make an appearance in this cast, yet the cast of Ray Wise is actually appropriate for once and saves this section from the abyss. But it’s still not good enough to count for much.
Continuity Quality (0 points)
With extremely short episodes that repeat the same formula over and over again, it’s safe to say there is no continuity here. There are no story arcs or characters arcs to speak of. Thus, there is nothing good to say here either.
Once again, PureFlix is one step ahead of other film makers by breaking new ground for Christian entertainment. Though this is the first legitimate Christian sitcom, that doesn’t mean it’s any good. The PureFlix crew basically just packaged up all the craziness they’ve had pent up since Me Again and put it all into one wild series just for the sake of making it. There is zero purpose and no clear direction here and it only further serves as an embarrassment to Christian entertainment. Needless to say, the world is still waiting for a truly legitimate and interesting Christian series, which is something that is obviously very difficult to come by.
Final Rating: 2 out of 14 points
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I think it’s a hilarious series and I couldn’t stop laughing. Great characters and fun comedy for when you just want to sit back and relax and not take everything so serious.
I think that’s what the writers thought too!
I couldn’t stop laughing at the parts of this “sitcom” that were intended to be serious.:)
Actually, the first christian sitcom was Pastor Greg. It beats out HTB by about 12 years or so. Given, it appears to be near impossible to find and might even be lost, but still.
Interesting. I’ve never heard of it, but I’ll have to see if I can find it lol!
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This series is too much!