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Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Exceptional comedy skewers Black megachurch culture.

Movie R 2022 102 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+
there's many manuscripts/scrolls of the Bible in it's Hebrew language that we- to this day- can look at and trace to see how accurate the current text is. throughout history these copies show that the Bible has been translated accurately, so I don't really know what the reviewer for this is talking about with 'King James VI tampering with the text' as if that wouldn't be noticed by now. Plus, Jesus didn't teach that having money and power was wrong- just the love of it to where it's sought after more than Him is wrong. Which, sadly, a lot of megachurches do have a problem with, so I'm disappointed this movie didn't focus on a church/pastor losing its way and coming back to the original love of Jesus. If the movie was written by individuals who actually were Christian, perhaps it could've been a very poignant film for me, personally (especially with it highlighting the shallowness of commodified religion). So, although it raises good points, as a black american raised in church who's still Christian, I'd say pass- but for those not interested in Jesus, then I'm sure you'll get something more out of this film. (And maybe Common Sense can get reviewers who are actually Christian, please).
age 17+

NOT a Family Movie!

VERY SEXUAL CONTENT - a husband and wife sex scene (no naked private parts) with dialog that implies a lot. This is not a joyful, happy movie. It has some humor but it is dark. It depicts the Black southern church very satirically; youth may not "get" that. Due to a subplot, this movie is one you must view WITH your teen, and do plan for a heavy discussion afterwards. It is definitely not a family movie.

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This hilarious satire should have megachurch pastors and their congregants shaking in their boots. Hopefully, it will also propel them to ask the kind of pertinent questions that many Black churches have been avoiding for decades. In the Black community, the church is a big deal, whether you attend or not. Either way, you seem to end up feeling caught in the pull the church has over the community. So Black viewers will probably feel extremely seen (and some might even feel vulnerable) while watching Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. It asks its viewers to examine the lies and hypocrisies that go on right under their noses in the church, including licentious preachers who condemn homosexuality above all sin, even though homosexuality was never actually condemned outright in the Bible. Plus there's the hypocrisy of the focus on money and power -- things that Jesus actually taught against coveting -- that defines the megachurch.

But the movie's most poignant message is also the most ignored one in church culture: the burden that women bear within church life. Hall expertly portrays Trinitie's stunted emotional growth. She's a woman who has been taught all her life that to be "good," she must suffer, usually at the whims of a man, especially if that man is her husband. Trinitie endures far more than she should, but because she's been raised to believe that a good Christian woman is one who's like Job, she tries her best to remain dutiful in the face of disrespect. Brown also excels in showcasing how a man like Lee-Curtis not only exists within the confines of the church but is exalted and coddled despite wrongdoing. Overall, if you want to gain insight into a particularly thorny part of Black American life -- or if you have lived experience with church culture and have been aching to see its problems on-screen -- Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. is the film for you.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 2, 2022
  • On DVD or streaming: September 2, 2022
  • Cast: Regina Hall , Sterling K. Brown , Nicole Beharie
  • Director: Adamma Ebo
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Female actors, Black actors, Black writers
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language and some sexual content
  • Last updated: January 21, 2023

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