Rockin’ Reverend (2012) – By Brian Morton

There are times when you see someone’s first movie and you can tell…it’s their first movie! So, when Scot Walker sent me his first movie, I have to admit to more than a little trepidation. After all, when you’ve seen as many ‘first movies’ as I have, you expect a bit of pain to accompany it. Well, after watching Rockin’ Reverend, I have to say, I can’t believe its Scot’s first movie, and if you’re at a festival that’s showing Rockin’ Reverend…run, don’t walk to check it out! Here’s the story:

Robert is a down and out actor, he’s working in a Shakespeare festival, but still has to work part time jobs to make ends meet…and they don’t seem to be meeting so well. His girlfriend invites him to church one Sunday, and Robert decides to check it out, only to find out that he’s less than impressed with the sermon. Robert’s a bit of an agnostic, and feels like the God that he’s been hearing about isn’t really the God that he believes in. So, with the help of his stoner friend, Gary, Robert decides that getting into this ‘religion business’ might be a great way to make some money…after all, everyone is supposed to tithe 10% of their income, if you get enough people, you could retire! So begins the career of the Rockin’ Reverend!

What Scot Walker has really done here is given us a look at religion from the outside. Rockin’ Reverend is a commentary on religion today, from your local parish up to the televangelists that populate Sunday mornings on every TV in America. What Scot seems to be saying to us is, don’t believe too much in whatever person is giving you the message, take a look at the message itself and use your God-given free will and brain to decide things for yourself. Scot’s Robert doesn’t see God as a looking figure to be feared and obeyed, he sees Him as a parent who’s going to love you unconditionally. But, don’t think Rockin’ Reverend is going to preach to you for 2 hours, no, Rockin’ Reverend is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen this year, from the Reverend’s catch phrase, ‘Don’t Be A Douche’, to just hanging with his friend Gary, there’s a ton of laughs with the lesson and an ending that will make you think…and give you a little hope besides.

I’m giving Rockin’ Reverend 4 out of 4 cigars; it’s a terrific movie that filled with heart. The story is tremendous, the cast is terrific and I just can’t say enough good things about it. Do yourself a huge favor and head over to http://www.rockinreverendmovie.com and find out where this is playing near you and get there ASAP. You won’t be disappointed and you might even look at your Sunday mornings a bit differently!