Two lovable losers hatch a plan to make a quick buck off the faithful when they realize that making a successful Christian movie doesn’t require you to be much of a Christian or much of a filmmaker. That’s the setup for Faith Based, starring Luke Barnett, Tanner Thomason, Margaret Cho, David Koechner, Lance Reddick and Jason Alexander, and the first trailer is a madcap hoot, with our heroes Luke and Tanner wrapping their heads around the world of Christian filmmaking as they begin production on A Prayer In Space — which sounds pretty awesome, to be honest.
“Why are Christian movies so bad?” they ask at one point. “They don’t have to be bad,” comes the response. “They just don’t have to be good.” Speaking as someone who has reviewed more of these movies than he cares to admit, this seems like a fair assessment.
When Faith Based was first announced in 2019, Fox News the plot synopsis over the coals as the work of “Hollywood wannabes” who had provided them with “just one more example of how the American media culture targets Christians as its favorite villains.”
Barnett, who wrote the film, told RELEVANT that Fox News had failed to give them a chance. “I grew up in the church, my dad is a pastor, and [director] Vince is still incredibly active in his faith community,” he said. “I’m excited for people to see this film. This is not a movie making fun of people who have faith, it’s a commentary on supporting something blindly.”
You can read their full comments here. The movie will be available on demand on October 9.
Tyler Huckabee is RELEVANT's senior editor. He lives in Nashville with his wife, dog and Twitter account.