Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Bridgestone Multimedia Group
John Carmen as Johnny Starr
Meet Johnny Starr…Double N Double R
Johnny Starr is The Rev, a white evangelist who was adopted and raised in Arkansas by a devout black family. As Johnny grows older, he’s torn between his desire to preach the Gospel or play rock and roll. Leaving his career and talent agent in Las Vegas, Johnny takes his mama and his bright red Cadillac to a small, poor church in upstate New York. There, he seeks to awaken the congregation spiritually with his unique preaching style and save Jubilation Hall from being taken over by the local mega-church’s head pastor.
As seen on TV, The Rev features an original score by John Ellison and stars John Carmen as Johnny Starr.
This is a wonderfully unique movie! It is about a different kind of reverend who dresses like Elvis and even dances in church. He might not be the pastor for every church, but Jubilation Hall takes a liking to him, especially after he brings in a prostitute who had been beaten up to the church and reminds them that these are the types of people who need the church.
There is humor in the film along with spiritual songs and the plot also features a shady minister who is after the property of Jubilation Hall. But God works everything out in the end. This film isn't for the very young but the content is tame enough for us to award our Dove Seal to it for all ages.
Content Description: Sex: A woman flirts with a pastor but he does not pursue it; a woman is called a "converted ho". Language: Ho-1; Pimp-1 Violence: A man has hit a woman and we see her black eye; the same man is holding this woman captive but a minister rescues her when he sees her "Help Me" sign. Drugs: Man seen smoking. Nudity: A woman wears a short skirt; cleavage. Other: A depressed man lies on a train track to commit suicide but is told it doesn't run there anymore and he winds up in church working with the choir; a greedy minister wants a church's property.