THE GOOD CATHOLIC REVIEWED
“The Good Catholic” takes an hour before it decides what it wants to be. On the surface level, it’s a romantic comedy about getting a man to vacate his life’s calling. Then, there’s the the seemingly autobiographical touches that the film’s lead helped to get placed into the movie. It’s a crazy mixing of materials that is buoyed by John C. McGinley’s strong supporting role. The guys that made this are a big part of getting filmmakers into Indiana production. I can support that.
What I can’t support is how long it took to move this film out of extended TV pilot territory. Given the current killer Clown craze tearing up the Box Office, I’m not sure how much of an audience that this film will find. What I will say is that you need to try and find it. Films like these deserve an older mature audience that can remember a time when movies didn’t have to force post-credits sequences to appeal to you.
That being said, the film’s ending while appealing didn’t feel earned. When I see a film romance, I want to buy the build. I got what was intended, it just didn’t gel for me.
- 1 hr and 36 mins
- Broad Green Pictures
RELEASE DATE: 9/8/17
- Film Score - 90%90%
The Plot Thus Far
Daniel (Zachary Spicer) is a young, idealistic priest who loves his work more than anything. While he struggles to find balance between the dueling philosophies of his mentors, Father Victor (Danny Glover), an old school, no nonsense traditionalist, and Father Ollie (John C. McGinley), a chainsmoking, carb addicted Franciscan, Daniel’s passion for his calling never waivers. And then he meets Jane. After a chance encounter during a late night confession, the complicated and mysterious Jane (Wrenn Schmidt), starts to open up Daniel’s world to an entirely different set of possibilities. And problems. As new bonds form and old ones are tested, Daniel must decide what his true calling really is — and whether or not he has the courage to answer it.