Hope for Christmas

DVD Release: November 1, 2018
Hope for Christmas
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Synopsis

Pastor Greg, a recovered war veteran-turned-pastor, is still trying to win over a skeptical congregation. Pastor Greg is gearing up for his first Christmas sermon, but little does he know, God has other plans in store for the young pastor. On the day of his much-anticipated sermon, Pastor Greg cashes in on a surprise shopping spree. In a frenzy to get back to the church in time for his sermon, he unwittingly gets stuck in an elevator along with cohorts Lori, John, Frank, and a pregnant woman. The surprise ending will have the congregation and viewing audiences on the edge of their seats. This Pastor Greg Christmas REBOOT has a few more meaningful moments, a bit of chaos, topped with great giggles to this already fun story.

Dove Review

If you’re a fan of the Pastor Greg TV series, created by Greg Robbins, then prepare to be delighted! In this Pastor Greg reboot, we meet a young, new pastor and a fresh ensemble of all our favorite characters from the series. Pastor Greg is a former soldier, impressive martial artist, and in classic fashion, still trying to win over his new church family and community. Along with his staff, lovable Lori, youth pastor Flo, and worship leader John (who can’t carry a tune), Pastor Greg seeks to pull of the best Christmas program the community has ever seen. But things go terribly awry in the best way.

Pastor Greg (Greg P. Robbins) has been re-imagined as a younger, hipper version, but he still retains that unorthodox, gentle quality from his predecessor. In fact, Greg P. Robbins does a great job at capturing the character, and it’s no wonder he can play Pastor Greg so effortlessly—creator and actor Greg Robbins is his real-life father! In signature oddball style, Hope for Christmas traces the events leading up to the church’s annual Christmas production. While Pastor Greg stresses about his sermon, an unexpected series of events leads him to the perfect message, one that will not only inspire but warm the hearts of his congregation.

The storyline is good and very similar to the original; however, it lacks the robust storytelling necessary to flesh out the film. The cast is diverse and interesting, with war comrade-turned-youth-pastor, Flo, and the ever-fretting, always business-minded Lori at the helm. Tone-deaf John is back, and together with Greg, the team makes a great source for clean comedy. The entire gang is back together in this modern update with all the chemistry and fellowship found in the original. The feel-good plot is a crowd-pleaser, with Pastor Greg’s unique ministering style to intrigue and teach viewers. The great thing about Pastor Greg’s character is that he manages to deliver practical biblical messages, but his style is so humble and simple that you nearly forget he’s preaching. The film is about a group of friends experiencing Christmas together. Watching along, I felt like a part of the group.

Hope for Christmas is a comforting holiday film about friendship, faith, and of course, hope. A Pastor Greg series reboot, this film offers laughs, comfort, and Pastor Greg’s signature oddball style to bring some joy into your home this Christmas. If you’re a fan of the series, you won’t want to miss this update; and if you’re a newcomer, this is a great introduction to a great character.

The film merits the Dove-Approved All Ages Seal. Grab yourself a fuzzy blanket, watch and enjoy!

The Dove Take

A Pastor Greg series reboot, this film offers laughs, comfort, and Pastor Greg’s signature oddball style to bring some joy into your home this Christmas.

Content Description

Faith: Faith is a central theme to the film as a church organizes its annual Christmas pageant.
Integrity: A pastor sets a good example for his flock in his actions and words.
Sex: None
Language: Five uses of "God" as an exclamation
Violence: A shooting is described but not shown; a soldier's flashback to combat is shown (guns and explosions).
Drugs: None
Nudity: Dancers' midriffs can be seen briefly; a young lady wears a semi-revealing dress (cleavage).
Other: None

Info

Company: BMG
Writer: Greg Robbins
Director: Greg Robbins
Producer: Shauna Robbins and Bill Benn
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 45 min.
Starring: Gregory P. Robbins, Sara Kow-Falcone, Peter Johnson, Marion Moreno, Bryan Patrick Stoyle, Bill Brown with Nikita Koloff and Kevin Sizemore
Reviewer: Cammie H.