David A.R. White (Jerusalem Countdown, Me Again), Victoria Jackson (Saturday Night Live), Reginald VelJohnson (Family Matters, Die Hard), Jackee Haley (Sister, Sister & 227) and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks) star in this heartwarming fish out of water comedy about an associate pastor at a rich mega church in California who finds himself the pastor of poor African American church in the worst neighborhood in Atlanta.
James White (White) is one of dozens of associate pastors at a rich mega church in Southern California under the tutelage of television evangelist Johnny Kingman (Wise). He always longed to have his own church and jumps at the opportunity to become pastor of the impoverished Divine Faith Apostolic Church in Atlanta. His wife and two children aren’t very enthusiastic about his assignment. Neither is the congregation itself, but they will have learn to trust each other and pull together to save the church from a corrupt banker anxious to foreclose. It will take a musical miracle, supplied by BeBe Winans himself, to save them all in this heartfelt, family-friendly comedy.
“Brother White” is funny and yet meaningful and is a good watch! I found myself smiling and laughing as I watched it. David A.R. White has fun with the material, which is a story about a young minister who leaves the mega-church where he is something like the 12th assistant pastor, to pastor a small church in Atlanta. Some recognizable stars pop up in it, and ultimately Bro. White learns that making a small difference is, in some ways, making a big difference.
The movie begins with Brother White teaching kids in Sunday school, the story of Noah and the ark. One kid hypothesizes that all the people drowned and were floating corpses in the water. Bro. David is horrorfied as some of the kids’ comments get around the church. He is soon offered the job in Atlanta, and not many of his peers believe he will be successful. But he reaches out to the homeless and various people in Atlanta and soon gets a big-time gospel singer to show up at a fundraiser to make a payment on the building or they will be in danger of losing it. The film features plenty of humor to keep the dramatic parts from getting too serious, such as when Lily White is introduced to a black man who, upon hearing her last name, says “Yeah, you’re telling me!” It is all in good fun and it is good to see the light skinned pastor get along well with his members who are mostly African American. The film promotes good relationships with people of various backgrounds and color.
Ultimately, Brother White is offered a very nice set-up to return to the mega-church in L.A. and he has to decide if staying in Atlanta, in fact, makes the most sense. We are happy to award “Brother White” five Doves. Yes, it’s that good. Enjoy this one with your family soon!