Holy smokes (literally). That has to be the most overtly Christian movie that I have ever seen from a “mainstream” operation. In terms of its faith language, that flick makes Tender Mercies look like a Woody Allen movie. If you go to Amazon.com and look at the comments left by consumers, you can tell that something in Perry’s work is getting people really turned on and really turned off (other than his strange mix of sentiment, wild humor and heavy drama), and I suspect it’s the faith element.
Granted, Perry's work isn't Oscar material (yet), but I really like his storytelling and admire how his faith informs his craft. He bears watching. And the stuff I've seen so far from Perry (who works in the mainstream industry) is miles beyond what I've seen come out of the Christian filmmaking industry. I'm just sorry it's taken me so long to catch on.
(Images: Lions Gate Films and TBS)