Rachel is a new girl in town, and she is challenged to attend Sunday school for the first time in a while. She reluctantly goes, but she finds herself interested in the new young pastor, even though she wants to travel to Hollywood and leave the small town behind to find fame. Rachel’s presence in church causes a stir, especially due to her interest in the pastor. Torn between two worlds, what choice will Rachel ultimately choose?
Production Quality (1 point)
With a very small budget, Sunday School struggles to have a quality production. This includes some randomly poor lighting and inconsistent audio quality that has a loud soundtrack at times and other times includes too many outside noises. However, the camera work and video quality are fine; they are the best elements of this production. Sets, locations, and props are fine but could use some improvement. Finally, the editing leaves something to be desired, but when looking at this film’s budget, one can’t expect much more than this.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
Though this is a very limited story that doesn’t really contain anything truly creative, there is a small amount of potential here pertaining to the divide between church people and ‘worldly’ people who seek the truth. However, the characters are too generic and not accessible enough, mostly because the dialogue is very stock. A lot of the time, the characters talk without saying much substantial. Also, the storyline tends to have typical prodigal character elements, and the ending is fairly rushed, even though it has some good points. Essentially, this is a nice try, but not good enough.
Acting Quality (1.5 points)
Though this is a small church film with a limited cast, the performances therein are actually average rather than below average. There are some forceful performances from some cast members, but some cast members are better than others. Emotions are mostly fine, but line delivery is inconsistent. Overall, this section is par for the course.
Small church films are hard to pull off. Budgets are almost always limited, yet films like this can redeem themselves by having deep, dynamic characters and a complex, thought-provoking storyline. Unfortunately, Sunday School does not do this. While the acting is better than it could be, this movie struggles to be relevant and will likely unfortunately be forgotten as time goes on.
Final Rating: 3 out of 10 points