(2021) (Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A woman experiences the rise and fall of her and her husband's TV-based evangelical empire.
Ever since she was a young kid growing up in Minnesota with her mom, Rachel (CHERRY JONES), stepfather, Fred (FREDRIC LEHNE), and her younger siblings, Tammy Faye Grover (JESSICA CHASTAIN) has felt a connection to God. That grows when she's enrolled at a Bible college and meets fellow religion enthusiast Jim Bakker (ANDREW GARFIELD). The two quickly fall in love, marry, and decide to travel around the country teaching the Gospel through puppet shows aimed at kids.
Their act eventually draws the attention of Pat Robertson (GABRIEL OLDS) who puts them on his CBN show, and it's not long before they start their own, the 700 Club, with Jim preaching as a televangelist and Tammy singing and doing a wide variety of interviews. That eventually leads to the formation of the PTL Club with Richard Fletcher (LOUIS CANCELMI) serving as Jim's assistant and Gary Paxton (MARK WYSTRACH) working as Tammy's record producer.
But their meteoric rise to success draws the suspicious eye of Baptist TV minister Jerry Falwell (VINCENT D'ONOFRIO), while their freewheeling spending and fundraising puts them in the crosshairs of both reporters and creditors. And when infidelity enters the equation, the couple finds both their empire and their marriage in danger of collapsing.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those interested in the real-life story behind the film or who might be fans of anyone in the cast might show some interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For sexual content and drug abuse.
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