Parents' Guide to

Don Verdean

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Thin characters, dumb jokes ruin faith-themed comedy.

Movie PG-13 2015 96 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Spot on opinion on religion

This is a valuable tool in teaching your children the illogical and absurd premise of religion. The humor may keep your child interested in sitting through the entire movie. Nice work.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

A good idea at the center of this comedy fails to generate any interesting commentary on the business of religion, nor does it conjure up anything spiritual. The few laughs it offers are disappointingly lowbrow. Husband-and-wife filmmaking team Jared and Jerusha Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) are good with "quirky," and when they concentrate on good characters, like Don and Carol, they can be warmly endearing.

But most of the other characters are annoyingly thin and are mainly objects of ridicule. Because Clement (Flight of the Conchords) is so talented, he makes a couple of his sideways line readings funny, but on the whole, his Boaz is more of a stereotype. But DON VERDEAN's biggest missed opportunity is that it's more focused on a plot about lying (the characters do pay the price for it) than it is on the concept of faith. It could have been either a strong satire or a spiritual journey, but instead it's just a bunch of dumb jokes.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 11, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: March 1, 2016
  • Cast: Sam Rockwell , Amy Ryan , Jemaine Clement
  • Director: Jared Hess
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Indigenous actors, Polynesian/Pacific Islander actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: crude and suggestive content, some language and brief violence
  • Last updated: September 16, 2023

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