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Five Entertainingly Bad Christian Movies to Stream This Weekend

Five Entertainingly Bad Christian Movies to Stream This Weekend

Christian movies can be a touchy subject. And that’s likely because the quality of Christian films ranges far and wide. There’s a few solid ones, sure. Some can be credited with helping people’s marriages. But, as you know, most are unbearably cheesy with questionable acting and a plot that falls apart in a light breeze. A few go all the way into promoting bad, dangerous theology.

And then, there’s the so-bad-it’s-kind-of-good Christian films.

You know how when you see a car crash so awful you can’t help but look away? That’s what these Christian movies are like. The actors are trying their hardest but, no matter how hard you blow, you can’t inflate a lead balloon. The dialogue feels written by two aliens pretending to be human. And every predictable twist and turn is in service of a simplistic Sunday School message. Point blank: They’re not good.

But, for many of us who enjoy the cheesy and predictable Hallmark movies, there is something entertaining about watching these films. Here’s a few “good” ones to throw on this weekend if you want a few laughs and a whole lot of cringe.

Christian Mingle 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Lacey Chabert, who was once the second in command of Mean Girls, is one of the official main stars of cheesy movies. She’s been in far too many to name, but one of her all-time “greatest” roles was as Gwyneth in Christian Mingle. 

Gwyneth is an unlucky-in-love woman who is ready o settle down. Her time on dating apps hasn’t been great, so she gives Christian Mingle a shot — even though she isn’t actually religious. She quickly meets a faithful Mr. Right and begins to fake her way into love and, guess what, a romantic relationship isn’t the only love she finds. It’s downright cringey and genuinely hard to watch in some scenes. If you get second-hand embarrassment for others, you may need to skip this one.

A Week Away

Where to watch: Netflix

Imagine if High School Musical was set at church camp. That’s the premise of this Netflix musical-religious-romantic-comedy. A boy who has always had trouble finding a place in this world will saddle up his horses to discover friendship, love and — you guessed it — Jesus during a week away at camp. Throughout the film, you’ll see familiar faces like Steven Curtis Chapman (!) and Amy Grant (!!) who each have songs featured.

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

Where to watch: Netflix

If the official plot of the film doesn’t convince you to watch this, then nothing will: “A washed-up former child star, forced to do community service at a local megachurch, pretends to be a Christian to land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.”

Hope Ranch

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

For some reason, there are a lot of Christian movies about horses. And if you decide to watch one such movie, it’s got to be this one.

There’s a bit of everything in Hope Ranch (sometimes called Riding Faith? Your guess is as good as ours.) and none of it balances well. The film tries to touch on faith and loss and hope and family and friendship and you get the picture. It’s a lot, but it sums up why a lot of Christian movies are tough to get through.

Bonus: You may recognize the teenage daughter (Grace Van Dien) from her recent appearance on Stranger Things 4. And while things took a dark turn for Chrissy in Hawkins, life isn’t much better for Grace on her family farm.


Where to watch: Amazon Prime (for rent)

The trailer speaks for itself.

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