Fred Askew
Gregory Kirschling
November 28, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

What Would Jesus Buy?

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/16/07
director
Rob VanAlkemade
distributor
Warrior Poets
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B-

If Gary Busey ever played Elmer Gantry, he’d look like Reverend Billy, the real-life fire-and-brimstone preacher who, as the kooky star of this road documentary produced by Morgan Spurlock, embarks ”on a mission to save Christmas from overconsumption.” The movie has a sharp point — Americans shop too much — but it’s a problem that its bellowing hero, always accompanied by his red-robed Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, is so off-putting; a crazy guy who wouldn’t sound so crazy if he just didn’t act so crazy. B-

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