Jesus Son

Theatrical Release: June 16, 2000
Jesus Son


Set in the early 1970s, “Jesus’ Son” is a series of linked stories that chart the to-hell-and-back journey of a young man who has entered the world of drug abuse. Told in the way a person might recount a series of anecdotes over a drink – with all the mistakes and exaggerations, false starts and shuttling back in time that inevitably occurs – as we glimpse into this man’s heart and mind.

Dove Review

Narrating the film in a disarming tone of voice, the young man (Billy Crudup) presents his story; the ecstasy of first live, the agony of loss, the sadness of substance abuse and the starkness of sudden sobriety. The film puts us in the center of a grimy lost world of uneducated party people who become prisoners of their drug lifestyle. To view a person shooting up is one of the most disturbing images I can remember. They melt away, losing their humanity and becoming soulless rag dolls while momentarily escaping their pain. Crudup and the supporting cast give powerful, often-insightful performances, but it is difficult to sit through a film, where we are subjected to 110 minutes of lives going down destructive routes, attempting to discover solutions to their emptiness, knowing well, that the one key to redemption is in a place they never search.

Content Description

Language: GD 3, Christ 3, F-word 10, S-word 3, Bitch 1, main character’s nick name is F---head, which is repeated many times – Sex: Sensual situations 3, with nudity; female frontal nudity – Smoking adults smoke and drink – Drugs: pot, cocaine and heroine are featured prominently as the film depicts the deterioration of a life dominated by drug use; we see several injections – Violence: a car accident leave several people bloodied and dead; two death from an overdose; a man is brought into a hospital with a knife stuck in his eye; a man convulses; a woman has an abortion; baby rabbits are squashed off screen when a man accidentally sits on them; a man is shot in the stomach, he slowly dies while on the way to the hospital.


Company: Lionsgate
Director: Alison Maclean
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 110 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright