Sunday, June 13, 2004
Praise the film!
Mrs Philocrites and I whole-heartedly recommend Saved!, the teen flick about Evangelical culture. I can't vouch for the verisimilitude of the world portrayed in the film, but Mrs Philocrites — who grew up in the Evangelical Free Church and was quite active in Evangelical circles until she shifted gears to the Episcopal Church in college — says that Pastor Skip and the school assembly scene in particular are bulls-eye parodies. We give Saved! two thumbs up.
Christianity Today, one of the leading Evangelical magazines, is advertising a little blurb on Google:
Is "Saved!" Accurate?
CT magazine looks at why this film
seems to be an accurate portrayal.
In the essay, Anastasia McAteer writes:
I would have been proud to have made this movie. It absolutely reflects my experience in all accuracy. And its message is exactly what I wanted to say to my friends in the pews. Is it possible that Christians wouldn't deride it if someone like me, a confessing Christian with the right evangelical pedigree, would have made the film? Would it then have been a "searing look into the faults of the church with a message that could stand to be echoed in the pulpit"? I wonder.
I didn't find anything in the movie to be over the top. I don't know where people are getting that. It's absolutely the way evangelical schools are, it's the way evangelicals act, it's the way we are in our bubble.
Every character in Saved! has several real-life counterparts that I personally have met. Maybe we don't realize how weird we look, and thus the accusation of satire. But I look around the church and the movie is what I see.
The closest Mormon analog to Saved! is a charming film called The Singles Ward, a nearly toothless satire of life in a congregation of unmarried young people in my homeland, Utah County. Until that movie loses its nerve in the last few minutes — the re-conversion of the wayward protagonist struck me as not just unconvincing but also entirely nostalgic rather than religious — I thought it was the best pop-culture product about Mormon life I've encountered.
Now who's going to make a parody of Unitarian Universalist young adult life? Con-Con: The Movie could be damn funny.
Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 13 June 2004 at 10:31 AM