Lorenzo Adams is a shifty sort of fellow with a past he would rather bury. But he thinks he has it made when his boss takes a leave of absence and puts Lorenzo in charge of his debt collection call center. However, Lorenzo suddenly gets a visit from an old enemy who has come to collect an old debt that Lorenzo owes him. Thus, Lorenzo uses his newfound power to concoct a scheme that he thinks will get him out of trouble easily. Yet despite his schemes, Lorenzo finds hope in unexpected places.
Production Quality (2 points)
The production of The Bill Collector is mostly good and above average. Camera work and video quality are professional. Audio quality is fine, but the soundtrack is cheesy in an attempt to be funny. Sets and locations are fairly limited but are at least realistic. Furthermore, the editing is not the best it could be, since there are too many musical montages. Yet overall, this is a passable production that should be commonplace in Christian film.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
In an effort to make a comedic take on the parables of the shrewd manager and the unforgiving servant (I guess), The Bill Collector tries too hard to be funny and ends up falling flat. The comedy therein is not very good since it is too forced and sometimes out of place. Too much time is wasted, as mentioned before, on musical montages and on silly asides that are trying to boost the comedic spirit, yet fail. Sometimes the characters are okay, but other times they are far too cheesy. This variability depends on their dialogue at the moment. The ending is fairly predictable and leaves something to be desired. Basically, while it’s always commendable to try to create a comedic parable, the writers of The Bill Collector unfortunately tried too hard with this one. Maybe they will improve in the future.
Acting Quality (1.5 points)
With a semi-professional cast, these performances are split down the middle. Half of the time the cast members act over the top, while the other half of the time they are fine. Line delivery is respectable throughout, but emotions are variable depending on the moment. Thus, an average score is warranted.
There are a lot of potentially funny moments in The Bill Collector that are unfinished. There are too many missed opportunities left on the table. While the writers were on to something, they didn’t really find it. Unfortunately, this film is likely to be easily forgotten by most and to get lost in the shuffle of the many Christian films on the market. In order to truly stand out, you have to do something that is memorable for the right reasons—something that really hits home with the audience you are trying to target. The audience is there and they’re still waiting for greatness.
Final Rating: 4 out of 10 points