(2022) (Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A crude and crass, non-religious man decides to change his life and become a priest.
Stuart Long (MARK WAHLBERG) is a boxer who has to give up the profession for medical reasons. Thinking he has what it takes, he tells his mother, Kathleen (JACKI WEAVER), that he's decided to move to L.A. to become an actor but has no plans of seeing his long-estranged father, Bill (MEL GIBSON), who lives there.
As to be expected, Stuart doesn't find instant success and ends up having to take a regular job. While working at a grocery store, he spots Carmen (TERESA RUIZ) and is instantly smitten. His course demeanor doesn't sit well with her Catholic upbringing, and so he decides to become religious to try to win her over, which ultimately works. But following an accident that leaves him badly injured and has him experience a religious epiphany, he decides to become a priest.
But he must convince his various doubters, including Monsignor Kelly (MALCOLM McDOWELL), that he's sincere and the right sort of man for that sort of profession. As he tries to prove his worth, he must deal with other setbacks that test his newfound faith.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Probably only those who are fans of someone in the cast will want to see it.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language throughout.
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