You have to see the trailer for what promises to be a hilarious Christian movie called God’s Not Dead. It “stars” Kevin Sorbo, who appears to have managed to stave off having to go on “Celebrity” Apprentice for another seasons by getting an acting job (though from the trailer, his acting is at about the level of a high school play.
The story is predictably ridiculous. An earnest Christian college freshman takes a class from an atheist philosophy professor who hates Christians, the professor mocks him and tries to make him look stupid but the righteous young man bests him with his powerful arguments and proves that God exists. The script is based on about 5,000 different viral emails you’ve been forwarded by your fundamentalist uncle, who finds them incredibly profound.
The professor isn’t just a caricature, he’s a complete fantasy. On the first day of class, as you’ll see in the trailer below, he begins by declaring that he isn’t interested in hearing arguments at all, it’s just a fact that God does not exist and the students are expected to simply repeat “God is dead” to pass the class. Because that’s exactly how a philosophy professor would do it, at least in the fevered imagination of Jack Chick. The characters are drawn so broadly and the plot so full of holes that the Disney Channel would find them laughably bad. It’s as if the script were written by the people who wrote Saved by the Bell after they’ve sustained concussions.
But the faithful will eat it up. They love this kind of thing. And when the professor is either humiliated at the end or falls on his knees and cries out to God (or both, in succession), they’ll cheer at the top of their lungs and scream “AMEN” at the screen. Well, at their TV screen. Because this baby is going straight to video.