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God's Army

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God's Army

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
107 minutes
performer:
Matthew Brown, Richard Dutcher
director:
Richard Dutcher
author:
Richard Dutcher
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

For the most part, God’s Army, the earnest, almost compelling portrait of Mormon missionaries in L.A. plays like a recruiting video, sort of a Top Gun for the Salt Lake City set. Like that pop masterpiece, the best and most genuine moments — when characters grapple with the terror of doubt — take a back pew to well-timed miracles, worked here by mentor-martyr-maverick Dalton (writer-director-star Dutcher, whose sins do not include excessive humility). Also in the mold of Gun, Army exults in its frat-house atmosphere — an interesting way to handle material so readily linked with patriarchy. C+

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