Impressed by their expertise within the Southern Baptist church, director Adamma Ebo and her sister, producer, Adanne Ebo ship an attention-grabbing critique of pastors, prosperity theology, and megachurch tradition within the mocumentary, “Honk for Jesus. Save your Soul”.
Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. is a satirical comedy starring Regina Corridor as Trinitie Childs – the proud first woman of a Southern Baptist megachurch, who collectively together with her husband Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling Okay. Brown), as soon as served a congregation within the tens of hundreds. However after a scandal forces their church to briefly shut, Trinitie and Lee-Curtis should reopen their church and rebuild their congregation to make the largest comeback that commodified faith has ever seen.
In an effort to revive their popularity and place in church society, Lee-Curtis hires a documentary filmmaker to doc the couple’s journey as they put together to reopen their church doorways on Easter Sunday. Lee-Curtis performed by Brown is a larger-than-life megachurch pastor who brags about his materials wealth with prosperity theology and sermons denouncing homosexuality. He finds himself embroiled in controversy the place he’s accused of sexual misconduct with a number of younger males at his church. The scandal rocks the church and parishioners depart in droves to a rival Black church. The primary woman, Trinitee, performed superbly by Corridor, chooses to face by her husband and assist him reclaim the ability and affect he as soon as had.
At occasions, Lee-Curtis and Trinitee are a strolling contradiction-quoting scriptures and cussing on the similar time. In “Honk for Jesus“, audiences are taken on a journey as they watch how far Lee-Curtis is prepared to go to recapture his church and congregation. “Honk for Jesus is humorous at occasions and equally disturbing because it sheds a light-weight via satire on the inside workings of megachurch tradition.
Lee-Curtis is all about “the look”, the “efficiency” and “the manufacturing” in terms of his fashion of preaching. Misplaced is the educating of the gospel. Lee-Curtis is greater than a pastor, he sees himself as a performer and the biblical teachings turn into an afterthought as he stands on the pulpit. Sterling Okay. Brown portrays Lee-Curtis with bravado and commanding charisma just like many megachurch pastors at the moment. Lee-Curtis is a clean talker who occurs to know tips on how to use scripture to seize his congregation and their pockets. He’s used to the cameras and is aware of tips on how to carry out. With an excellent smile and nervous laughter at occasions, he is aware of precisely what to show to the digicam whereas the movie crew follows him.
In distinction, First Girl Trinitee displays many First Girl. Trinitee focuses on ensuring she seems to be the a part of the primary woman always. She’s preoccupied with discovering the right church hat and making she retains up her look to be able to be pleasing to her husband. Regardless of her husband’s scandal and indiscretions, she chooses to face by his aspect and assist him as he tries to restore his popularity. Beneath the flowery garments, jewellery, and church hats, is a girl deeply conflicted. She usually places her husband’s wants and needs earlier than her personal. Whereas she places on a courageous face when the digicam crew is following her, when the movie crew leaves, we’re left with a girl humiliated by her husband’s scandal and battling the state of her marriage and happiness.
Regina Corridor performs Trinitee with compassion and empathy. In some of the telling scenes within the movie, an intimate second between Lee-Curtis and Trinitee exposes the cracks of their relationship and the viewers will get a glimpse into the breakdown of their marriage. She’s quietly struggling and questioning her religion, her marriage, and her function as First Girl. Lee-Curtis is oblivious to his spouse’s ache and inside battle usually pushing her to extra humiliating moments in his try to rebuild his empire.
The Chicago Defender sat down with Sterling Okay. Brown and Regina Corridor to speak about “Honk for Jesus”, why they needed to be taught the rap tune, “Knuck when you Buck” and what they hope audiences acquire from the movie.
Combined with moments of humor, drama, and heartbreak, “Honk for Jesus” is spiritual satire however gives a critique on features of megachurch tradition that drive audiences to ask questions on how we view megachurches and the individuals who run them. There are moments of highly effective critiques concerning the church’s relationship with the LGBTQ+ group, the function of ladies within the church, and the way prosperity theology has affected the effectiveness of the church. Sterling Okay. Brown and Reginal Corridor present Lee-Curtis and Trinitee’s humanity. They’re each brilliantly humorous and equally tragic.
“Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul” is presently in theatres now.