Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 42 minutes
After facing a scandal, Pastor Lee-Curtis and First Lady Trinitie plan to rebuild their congregation at Wander to Greater Paths Baptist Church. They used to have over 25,000 congregants at the height of their popularity. Now, they have 5. They want to start a grass-roots campaign to re-open their church doors on Easter Sunday. To help facilitate the re-opening, Lee-Curtis hired Anita, a filmmaker, to create a documentary about their rise. Trinitie worries about how Anita will portray them, but Lee-Curtis trust Anita implicitly. While filming, Trinitie and Lee-Curtis discover their rivals, Pastor Keon and First Lady Shakura, are opening their new church location on the same day. All but 5 of Lee-Curtis’s congregants went to Keon’s church after the scandal. Lee-Curtis and Trinitie go to Keon’s church to convince him and Shakura to change the date. But they refuse. So, Lee-Curtis decides to move up the re-opening to 5 days away, which is this Sunday. Trinitie and Lee-Curtis become a two-person show in front of Anita. But behind the scenes, Trinitie slowly breaks down. The church community and her family want Trinitie to stand by her man to the detriment of herself, mind, body, and spirit.
If you watched the previews, this movie feels like a comedy. However, that feeling is only on the surface, like Trinitie’s emotions. She pretends to be happy and by Lee-Curtis’s side when the cameras are on. However, this movie switches between documentary style and real life. You see Trinitie battling with Lee-Curtis, hecklers, accusers, and family to re-open the church. As Anita talks to Trinitie, you understand that her conflict comes from wanting to be the center of attention. She doesn’t talk about helping the community or teaching, only being on the stage. Another sad reality is how the public treats Trinitie and Lee-Curtis differently after the scandal. They accost, blame, and shame her but protect, love, and forgive him. Like most independent movies, you never get a conclusion. Just self-examination. No matter what side of the church you are on, this is one to watch on Peacock and discuss, but it is not for kids.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars
We’re going to gnaw through the hardest parts – Trinitie
Check me out. Don’t it look like I’ve been favoring the Lord – Lee-Curtis
It’s so sticky – Keon
I love the theater – Aria
Say what now – Shakura
Why don’t you just leave – Anita