YES, YES, YESSSSSSSSSS! I just watched the Midnight Screenings for it last week.
I'll have what she's having
Oh boy! Looks like we're in for another Midnight Screenings-inspired review. This'll be interesting.
I wonder what new spore of madness the Kendrick Brothers will come up next? I guess we'll be seeing a review of Dancin' It's On sometime next month!
I'd almost forgotten about this one until I started seeing a ton of billboards advertising the DVD release which is odd given that this isn't a particularly religious or conservative area. 2015 was truly a banner year for religious movies. I'm looking forward to the Christiansploitation movie coming up from Team Snob. Really, who WOULDN'T want to see a religious film from the guy who made Nudies, Rudies, and Crudies?
Over/under on the next review being Grudge Match?
Still hoping for Heaven Is Totes Real, myself.
Funny review! Though I don't think this movie is terrible. I've loved all the other Kendrick brothers movies, and I was going to see this one regardless of the Midnight Screenings reviews. But then I heard about how Tony stops his love affair as a result of food-poisoning rather than spiritual or moral conviction. That made me skeptical about this movie as well as several other things. Hence why I haven't seen it yet.
However, compared to Old Fashioned, this movie does a much better job at conveying Christian beliefs and standards than that one. As a matter of fact, I actually really love when Tony confesses his illegal actions and Coleman doesn't know how to react to this. Leading to him not giving his job back, but preventing the prosecution. I like it because Coleman realizes this man admitted to something as a result of a changed heart. He sees the conviction in Tony and allows him to have a second chance. And that's one of the big things about Christianity. That God can give anyone a second chance to turn their life around and learn to serve others.
So yeah, this movie is not very good, and a lot of your complaints are valid, such as it being far too long, and also the lack of action along with prayer this woman has. But I don't think this movie is as bad as you make it out to be. Good to see your thoughts and jokes about this movie, but I can still defend the few things this movie does right. :)
But admitting to doing something wrong, making it right, and being forgiven is in lots of movies. It's not unique to Christian films, or even the Christian religion.
I think Snob's point is that from a movie perspective, if they want to show him being forgiven, they could have done it in a more realistic way. For example, perhaps a judge decides to be lenient on Tony and just give him probation because he confessed and his boss stands up for him. Or something.
YUSSSSS if any movie deserves the Snob treatment, it's this exploitative piece of crap. The prayer message is fine, but like with Old Fashioned, the presentation is so off point it's ridiculous.
He's gotta be doing an homage to Coleman Francis. Coffee is even a major plot point!
Please keep these coming; they really are today's exploitation films. Hope God's Not Dead and The Identical are next! #ChurchAndChill
Speaking as someone who has been a fan of the site for quite a few years now, I have to say that, honestly, this has been the worst episode of the Angry Joe Show I've watched in quite some time...
This must be the worst review you did in years, Nostalgia Critic.
I can't believe that the Nostalgia Critic gives this movie a bad rep while it's clearly a decent movie.
I wholeheartedly agree. The Nostalgia Critic put WAY TOO MUCH negativity in a movie as glorious as War Room. It's almost as if he watched Oogieloves first on purpose.
Yet another great review, though one question: How are you able to keep your sanity and cool intact with all the shit you've had to watch for this show?
How about cheesy but entertaining movies like "Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter" or "Ultrachrist"?
I was thinking the same thing Pawel.
I don't know if he's done this one but how about Creating Rem Lazar? It does have a religious vibe about it.
While this movie is easy to make fun of, and it certainly deserves it, there's also something really sinister and dangerous about advising abused spouses to simply act like punching bags. Just take the abuse and pray about it, rather than actually doing something to solve the problem like a responsible adult. The husband obviously wasn't a total monster here and wasn't physically abusive, but this is the kind of message that's going to get someone killed someday because they learned that when someone's doing horrible stuff you shouldn't resist or remove yourself from the situation, you should just suck it up and pray harder, all the while taping notes to the wall of your closet.
Prayer is a powerful weapon...for giving your cheating husband food poisoning.
"What's your most favorite room?"
"I'll tell you tomorrow."
"Then I look forward to tomorrow."
[Smash Cut to: Christian Grey's Playroom]
I have a kink for christians myself.
I was expecting some kind of murder/Buffalo Bill basement.
"It's time for you to fight the real enemy!"
Sinéad O'Connor? Is that you?
I do love me some Christ-splotation
"Miss Clara's yelling at a buzz-cut kid for sloppy hair. Maybe this movie's self-aware, and... no. Not even close."
My God--I don't think I can remember any movie I've seen with exposition so poorly written as that of War Room. That truly was atrocious.
Just as we have Musical March (in September), so too one month out of the year needs to be dedicated for these Christian films.
I think Snob would have to watch Fifty Shades of Gray in order to survive a month of Christainploitation
You seriously need to make a Christsploitation stealth parody. I don't watch many movies, but I would buy that movie in a heartbeat.
I kind of want a genuine heartfelt one. One with more heart and soul that deals with complex issues of inner conflict and reconciling faith with issues of homosexual family members, atheism, drug addiction, political differences, multiple differing faiths, etc...
A pro Jesus films that portrays faith in a positive light with an overlying message of forgiveness, charity, loving thy neighbor, the golden rule, and peace, love and understanding...
How about Lars and the Real Girl? Admittedly his delusion is not as complex and real as the issues you mention but in thee film his fellow church members do stand by him and help him deal with the problem he had stemming from his mother dying while giving birth to him.
0:18- I think a worse Valentine's Day movie to show to your significant other is Old Fashioned, but that's just me.
With a title like War Room, I originally thought that this movie was a war drama, like The Imitation Game (which I recently watched for my "Road to the Oscars" movie-thon). Thanks for misleading me, movie.
3:21- Internet commenter.
4:09- I agree that Tony looks like Malcolm Ray as The Devil. It must be what looks like a botox injection in his eyebrows.
I agree that Miss Clara looks and sounds like the grandmother character from a failed black sitcom (no offence to the black community BTW).
Nice job, Brad, on having the 80's Dan audience over for this episode.
19:59- I'm just imagining if this scene was in a Paranormal Activity movie, just so that Toby would pull Elizabeth in her War Room while she's kicking and screaming, slam the door, and possess her.
27:31- I agree with you about the phone thing. If only God would stop those robo-calls for ringing my cellphone and selling me bullshit.
Wow, movie. Thank you very much for teaching me something that I've already figured out before you were greenlit: DON'T BE A DICK TO YOUR WIFE!
Mom's Night Out next please
I might be missing something, but I believe this is the first non-collaboration film the Snob has reviewed to hit #1 at the box office.
(As it turns out, there actually was one weekend last year that did worse than the one War Room won. That was Halloween weekend, and it just goes to show that Bradley Cooper, Sandra Bullock, and Scouts fighting zombies can not rally the box office the way Jesus can.)
Staying Alive was a #1 movie
My mistake, then. But still, not a distinction many Snob-reviewed movies earn.
72 million for that piece of crap?!
Man, I need to getting into the business of exploiting Christians.
I'm two minutes in. You just started looking at the actual movie, and right away I can spot an error. Have a lot of 48-star flags in Vietnam, did we?
Oh, I can tell we're in for a long ride...
For the "Midnight Screening" of this, click on the magic button next to my name!
YES!! The return of "jail....." (sort of)
Bradley, he's a paramedic not a doctor.
I must say, I haven't enjoyed a review this much since you reviewed My Baby Is Black: The Barack Obama Story.
Religious violence disturbs me greatly. If only there were a presidential candidate who recommended halting immigration of religious extremists...
Fortunately, while every religion has violent elements, there's certainly no religion out there that demands absolute obedience of wives to husbands, the wearing of full-length veils, female circumcision, or blames women for rape. That'd be crazy.
>If only there were a presidential candidate who recommended halting immigration of religious extremists...
Yeah... but that guy kept getting called a racist and it became trendy to make him the butt of all jokes. :/
Sure.....because why should a narcissistic bully who's managed to disparage women, Latinos, blacks, veterans, the poor, and disabled people be considered the butt of jokes?
Haven't quite got a candidate like that yet, but there's one who recommends blocking anyone that don't pray in English.
Once he's done fighting the Mongolians trying to destroy his magic anti-Mexican wall, he can figure out the finer details.
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Racist and Islamophobic.
When it's not being misogynistic, anyhow.
A series of latches and springs under pressure activated by a lever triggers me...
... You're a cross-bow?
im pretty sure this movie has misogyny covered
The wife is perfect, and the crazy old woman is always right, while old mate's a cheating work-place thief arsehole. Seems more misandrist.
Indeed. No such religion does that. How astute of you to notice...I guess, even though it was a pretty big non sequitur.
Elizabeth: You HEAR me, Satan?! YOU CAN'T HAVE MY HUSBAND!!
Cuts to dinner date with Tony and other woman
Other woman suddenly shrieks, rises up and bursts into flames, revealing her FINAL FORM
Other Woman: CURSES!! FOILED AGAIN BY THE LOVE OF CHRIST!! YOU WIN THIS ROUND, JESUS!! -Spontaneously combusts-
A random 10 minute arc could easily be added in with Elizabeth praying to cure her apparent systemic fungal infection problem. All the while Ms. Clara "feeling the prayer calls" in her bones, shuddering and then declaring in her kitchen, "OH YES! GOD BE ALL OVER THAT FUNGUS LIKE NAPALM OVER NAM!!"
Enjoy the all kinds of wrong, folks! #Blox
...onward Christian soldier!
I've seen this train wreck. My dad and my stepmom bought it without actually bothering to read the back, thinking it would be a war movie. I've caught them on doing that more than once...
About the only thing that I thought was half way decent about it was the skip rope subplot. The rest was just junk
I don't get the fuzz that everyone makes about those kind of movies, I find them stupid, yes, but boring and just plain uninteresting. Therefore unfortunatley (for me) this review doesn't work for me, just like the Old Fashioned review. In a strange way I think these movies don't fit into the line of Snob material, although theoretically they should.
Though the "religiosity" of these films might be in debate here is a scale for reference on the films worth Snob review worthiness. Reference it so you can know what to expect and won't feel disappointed. (But to be fair this film was so stupid and insulted my intelligence so much, it may fall lower on this chart)
Religious Propaganda 2.5 out of 5 Llyod Meows also known as mew.
Ninja Eighties Propaganda 3.0 out of 5 Lloyd Meows.
Obscure Porn Films 4.5 out of 5 Lloyd Meows.
Obscure Italian Horrir 4.9 out of 5 Lloyd Meows.
It isn't a christianploitation event unless someone's screaming at their friends for listening to rock & roll music and viewing soap operas while at the same time a guy in a suit screams about Christian singles who haven't been saved are allowed to watch Terminator 2
Fantastic review!! You tearing into these damaging, manipulative, piece of crap "religious" films is my new favorite thing. And may I say Nestolgia Critic you are looking good (;
so let me get this straight, this movie is about a woman in an abusive relationship (made up of being yelled at and firmly believing she needs to be submissive to her husband) who comes across this movie's depiction of the magical negro trope who tells her to act like a total nutjob instead of say, actually taking issue with being abused? and after this somehow works, and by that i mean yelling out in her house at the "devil" because apparently her husband being responsible for being abusive would be bad, she is told to indoctrinate others into this line of thinking which apparently includes her husband and daughter by the end of the movie?
...Well when you say it like THAT, it does sound kind of silly doesn't it?
Every line of Ms. Clara's dialogue had me bellowing "Go fuck yourself!" at the screen. Not even the Tom Buchanan husband had me doing that.
Man, I lost it at the Mommie Dearest clip- just so hysterically funny and perfectly timed.
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As bad as this movie is, and don't get my wrong it's a nightmare of a an abomination and a window into a truly disturbed world view, I'm going to have to disagree with you in that this is not worse than Old Fashioned. This film is vile and hateful yes but in the ways that you expect, its frankly just generic Fundamentalist BS. But Old Fashioned now that's special, it managed to not only dredge up the usual garbage from whatever gutter these types of films get made in, but it managed to be original in the worse possible way, by presenting a new paranoid, misogynistic view of sexual politics that genuinely shocked me. All the shit with War Room, I've seen that shit before, but Oldfashioned managed to reach new depths and I am genuinely suprised that Old Fashioned was well recieved by the fundamentalist crowd, as it so... out there! All War Room does in the end is reflect the horrible pre-existing world views of it's audience, this film did not change anybody's mind. But Old Fashioned I think provides some genuinely original conceits about sexual politics that even it's audience didn't think of, and I believe O.F. would change the mind of it's audience, as it does not follow the awful viewpoints of it's audience but instead leads them to further down into previously uncharted depths.
So in summary, the vile originality of Old Fashioned makes it a much more awful film than War Room.
Old Fashioned is not new in terms of sexual politics... There is actually a policy for passengers on an aircraft to not have a child or woman alone in a seat next to a man who is riding alone. And *that* is secular... Theocracies in the middle east have been practicing under the pretense that women exposing more than their eyes could tempt a man. Religion (in almost all forms) have made people think and act fucked up when it comes to sex and sexuality.
Another great episode (I was so excited to see it)! This is a great episode for the day before Ash Wednesday (which I'm sure was unintentional). The whole "pray alone in your room" reading is used every Ash Wednesday. However, the point isn't (like this movie claims) to hide and pray instead of doing something, but rather not to show off how much you pray and what good things you do just so that others will think well of you...
If this movie hated women anymore it's be called 'Misogyny, the Religious Film.'
Not gonna lie, this is the first Snob episode I wasn't able to watch in one sitting. I first tried a week ago, about an hour after it was first posted... I got to the Charlie joke and couldn't handle it. I had to watch this in five-minute bursts through the entire week... I'm amazed. That was insane, somehow not as bad as say Saving Christmas but in many ways SO MUCH WORSE.
Can I just close my eyes and pretend the film's Vietnam flashback is going to transition into a Reb Brown movie?
There is a novelization of this movie.
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- The DVD!
- The Soundtrack!
- Collectable Challenge Coin!
Sadly I can't find it on Walmart.com so no link and I can post a pic here. It was going for the paltry amount of $20! A BARGAIN when it gives you the tools you NEED to mend you marriage!
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"War Room was the worst thing to happen to Sony since their e-mails were hacked."
At least War Room was still better than the PSVita from what I've heard of it. I'm glad that I have a 3DS XL instead because unlike the Vita, it can play non-pirated North American DS (and import non-DSi) games without some dumb white-list blocking certain games to be played (Seriously, who at Sony thought that was a good idea?).
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