Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001
only reason I picked up "Keeping the Faith" was because of the positive
reviews on this site. As a result, our family loved it! Granted,
mom had to do some editing for the teens and preteens, but we enjoyed
serious religious faith taken seriously and hard questions wrestled
with in an honest fashion. the friendship aspect was precious as
well. It isn't often a high-powered glamorous female character asks
if her priorities are out-of-whack to her friend the priest. Edward
Norton is great as Brian- he's funny, and all too real. Thanks for
the recommendation. (Do you know if Norton knows how his film is
being recieved by folks like us, meaning Christians?I give him all
the credit in the world for taking a risk like this!
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000
From: Ron Baerg
I just finished watching Keeping the Faith. It is an enjoyable movie
and my wife and I found it engrossing. It is a story about faith--
faith in yourself, faith in others, and faith in God. I was surprised
not to find a review of it.
Ron Baerg North Battleford, SK
Look again. The best place to find a list of all Hollywood Jesus
reviews is on the contents page. Bookmark
Date: Tue, 2 May 2000
I really enjoyed this film. I felt it addressed religion without
being condescending or trite. I did feel like it was a bit long.
But other then that the musings on Faith and Temptation were well
thought out and presented. I also felt it allowed me to understand
the Jewish church and Catholic's a little better. Coming from a
protastant background my knowledge is sorely limited. I would encourage
all to see it.
Film hath power. -David
QUESTIONS OF FAITH
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 200
From: "james clark"
Sir, I went to see this flick because I wanted a refresher in some
good rabbi/priest jokes... but I was surprised with the level of
spiritual depth. Being a single, young, youth minister, many of
the jokes were funny, especially to me. But I felt that it dealt
with faith and what it means in relationships in a very real way.
They talked about the basic question that faces most Christian youth
in this day and age, "Can I marry a non-Christian?" It shows the
importance of sharing your faith with the person that you are planning
to spend your life with. It would definately be a good one to take
in with some older youth, and would help breach the question of
dating and marriage today.
Sincerely in Christ,
Jim James M. Clark
LOVES KEEPING THE FAITH
Subject: Great movie
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 200
From: "Mike Mansfield"
My wife and I went to see "Keeping the Faith" last night at the
suggestion of one of our church members. My wife thoroughly enjoyed
the film which contains questions of faith, romance, and comedy.
I LOVED the film, it's questions, and its seeming lack of easy answers.
As a pastor I found myself weeping more than once at the beauty
of the spirituality of the two clergy persons in the film. I also
wept as they struggled with issues of fidelity to the ministry that
had chosen them, and that they had chosen. I do not purchase videos;
but, when this comes out on video I definitely will purchase it.
I also may go see it again while it is still on a the theater.
P.S. Don't forget to visit the Hunger Site today and every day.
Every time you do you feed a few hungry people somewhere in the
J. Michael Mansfield, Director Cumberland County Parish (United
Pastor Burkesvillle United Methodist Church Burkesville Kentucky
PLUS RECOMMENDS FAITH
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 08:55:24 -0500
From: "J. Michael Mansfield"
kind of recommendation happens less than once per year; but I received
a recommendation from a church member to see "Keeping the Faith"
this morning. After reviewing the Hollywood Jesus notes I am convinced
I SHOULD see it. I am not Gen-X; but I pastor many folk who are.
The person who recommended it to me, by the way, is in her mid forties!
Mike Mansfield Burkesville, Kentucky
AM GOING TO SEE IT
Subject: You convinced me!
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2000
From: Tracy Novick
was toying with going to see it but wasn't sure that I could tolerate
another lame attempt to have fun with religion. You know, the ol'
"isn't it funny that priests are celibate" joke. You've given me.
I'm going to see it, and I'll be back to post my comments.
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2000
I saw it tonight and was really pleasantly surprised at the spiritual
message. Yes, it is a feel-good movie, but it did not do it at the
expense of religion. Some real-life situations for clergy are presented
very sensitively (some clergy could get a clue by seeing this movie!).
I will be eager to read your take on it.