“Jesus, Bro!” is a satire, a “spoof”—and that word is even used in the film. However, it is a spoof about the Christian faith, and regrettably, many people would find it offensive and a scathing mocking of Christian believers. No doubt some Christians over the years have not always acted in a way that was kind and considerate. Maybe they even seemed to lack a bit of logic or common sense at times. Still, I have known Christians who have sacrificed to help pay someone’s electric bill, buy them food, or just be there to listen to them when life had given them a big blow of disappointment. Certainly, not all Christians are “strange” or unintelligent people. In fact, my response to this film is that if Christ and his church is still the subject of films, books and literature some 2,000 years after the founding of Christianity, then Jesus must be pretty special to elicit all this attention! Unfortunately, people have feet of clay (are “human” in other words), and don’t always represent him well. The film certainly conveys that.
The movie features comments about having sex with monkeys, with Jesus being represented as Santa Claus. In fact, he is called “Santa Christ” in the film. Yet, he is called a “ba*tard” by one of the characters, Rick Whitehead (David Gobble). Also, Rick is speaking on his internet program and mentions how Jesus “couldn’t even take a good flogging.” Then he mentions a senator that pays to get “flogged” at the leather club. Jesus is also called “Christ Kringle” and there is the mention of a Christ chicken sandwich. Jesus is also portrayed as a pickle and the term “Vlasic Jesus” is used. Rick is a bit teed off because his girlfriend, a Christian, broke up with him. He thinks if he pretends to be a Christian he can win her back.
There is a lot of strong language in this film, as well as a lot of other content issues. We have listed it below. Although the filmmakers probably intended to be humorous in this satire, a lot of our audiences are conservative members who would not find this to be a “wholesome” entertaining “family” program, something we promote and get behind. So, unfortunately, we can’t award our Dove Family-Approved Seal to this film. This figure, Jesus, continues to gain followers as well as those that doubt he is the Son of God. At least the character of Rick is honest about his beliefs when he says, near the end, “I don’t know if God exists or not.”