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kyle meador

Additionally, Saved is an interesting case study in how people will keep hungering for God in the presence of manipulative, shallwow and simplistic religion. In that sense, its kind of hopeful.


Pretty amusing flick. I own a copy.

I think it's particularly amusing for folks who have actually encountered that kind of Christianity, which is quite insular and unaware that there are other types of Christians. Usually in movies like this the caricatures are exagerations. In this movie, the caricatures were all too much like people I've actually known.


I was entertained that the character who was closest to being an actual disciple was the one who actually kept his mouth shut most of the time.

I think there's some truth in that one.


I loved it, and think Christians could learn a lot from it about how we are viewed by the world. True it is a prejudice view, but there is a reason for those prejudice. Seems we have a lot of work to do.

Thanks for the reminder MiT!


I saw Saved with my Bible Study in March or April. I really enjoyed it! I was slightly offended that there was no Christian person in the movie who would seem normal to people who aren't but I always enjoy a fundie bashing movie despite the fact that I try and recognize that we are brothers and sisters in Christ. A laugh at the expense of others sometimes feels good even though it shouldn't!


Yeah my wife and I really enjoyed the movie. A few friends of mine didn't like it and thought it was rude and such. But how can you not laugh at how ridiculous we can be. Interesting to note that Michael Stipes, lead singer of REM, co-produced the film. He comes from a long line of preachers.

Adam L. Feldman

i saw the movie a few months ago. i found the movie to be disappointing. i had hoped that it would be a humorous portrayal of the sub-culture christians have created. instead, it turned out to be more of a mean-spirited bashing of christians and christian culture (even of jewish culture as well).

it wasn't true satire in any sense because satire always has one character that portrays the "truth" about the group/idea being satired. the closest there was to a "true" christian living out christ's teachings in the film was the principal's son... but then at the end of the flick he hedged on the side of relative morality. there were no christian characters represented in the film that made me say: "he reminds me of my friend ____." i have several christian aquaintences who definately fit the bill of the satirization, but my christian friends who actually live out the christ-ward journey were not represented.

in the end, its a good film to watch if one wants to know how most of our society [prejudicially] views christians in general.

Damien Scott

I enjoyed the movie, too, especially having grown up in the Church of Christ. (We would have been deeply offended by the fact that there is a school dance at a Christian academy, of course.) The outsiders-(Samaritans?)-as-the-good-guys thing, the I'll-sacrifice-my-virginity-to-turn-my-gay-boyfriend-straight-and-save-his-soul thing, the pep-rally-for-Jesus thing, the religious-girl-band-rock-star-cheerleader-Ms. Righteous-Bitch thing... A hoot and a holler, but...

My Partner was raised Jewish and became Catholic in adulthood -- although he is seriously rethinking that! He laughed at the movie, but he kept asking, "Are those people really that way?" I had to answer, "Well, humor exaggerates, but not only those people -- I and my family and most of my friends were that way. Only less entertaining."

When one believes, as I imagine most of us who touch base here do, that the gospel of Jesus has so much to offer young people, it is sad that brightly packaged glam with a cross around its neck is being foisted on them instead.

Or exaltation of a grandfather figure like Big Ben. Did you notice how much of the coverage of World Youth Day was about comparing how the kids reacted to Benedict to how previous groups had reacted to JPII? It seems to be all about emotional impact, not about changing lives.

My favorite line from the interviews with the kids at WYD was the 17-year-old who approved of the pope because "He is orthodox." Oh, a 17-year-old gets to decide that the pope is okay because he is orthodox. What does that kid know from orthodoxy? I'm sure Big Ben is relieved to know he passed the test. [You know the joke about Karl Rahner, Hans Kung and Cardinal Ratzinger going to heaven, right?]

Fortunately, as Jurrasic Park famously told us, life finds a way. All the more is that true of fullness of life.

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