Parents' Guide to

Jesus Camp

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Eye-opening look at the Evangelicals among us.

Movie PG-13 2006 87 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Most facsinating and disturbing at same time, movie I've seen

I highly recommend for adults to see this movie to get a sense of growing slice of life in America re: Evangelical movement, brainwashing children from a young age to be in positions of power in government, mayors etc in order to preach their far right beliefs. It was extremely thought provoking for me, that people actually live this way and do this to innocent kids, in the name of Jesus. There was a quote in the movie that said 75% of home schools in America were Evangelical. I'd heard something like this before, but it really sunk in after seeing this movie, and the implications of such. I HOPE that this movie represents only an extreme group of evangelists and not the typical, but based on the early indoctrination of children in large numbers shown here, I fear there will be a growing number of people being swept into this god-fearing extremism, based on fear and guilt, and that we and the world are inherently Bad. Now I understand much more how Evangelical adults and extreme right Christians got to be the way they are, with this extreme indoctrinization or brainwashing, without opportunity to explore the world and learn with one's own critical thinking, trial and error and open-,mindedness. This was VERY well done, unbiased and a real insiders' view to something most of us have never seen before. I applaud the directors of this movie. I thank the people in the movie for allowing this to be filmed, wow. Be ready to be shocked.
age 15+

Disturbing to say the least

I have friends on both sides of the spectrum of religious beliefs, obnoxiously hardcore atheists and obnoxiously forceful Christians. Everyone of them would cringe at "Jesus Camp," a revealing, extremely disturbing documentary on a camp targeting young children for extreme evangelism. Religions usually don't bother me unless they preach hate, which this movie does in droves, calling out abortion, Democrats and anyone who doesn't bow down to their doctrine like they practically forced the kids to bow down to a cut-out of George Bush, one of the creepiest images I've ever seen in a nonfiction film. If you're a practicing level-headed Christian, show this to your kids on what not to do and how not to force religion down other's throats. If you're not religious, this movie will only back up your beliefs, but know this is not all Christians depicted. The movie succeeds because it doesn't pick sides, it simply, as all good docs should, just shows its subjects at work.

Is It Any Good?

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The film is fascinating, eye-opening, and sure to be controversial. The filmmakers present their material in an even-handed manner, but those who aren't accustomed to the intense devotion may find the material somewhat disturbing, if not shocking. Those familiar with this world may take exception to some of the movie, particularly with a Christian radio talk show host who doesn't think highly of the Evangelical movement.

There is plenty in this movie to upset people across the belief spectrums, and young children aren't the intended audience.

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