The Master Plan Movie Now Available for Download

Aron Campisano is the director of a film called The Master Plan, “about Christian youth culture in suburban America, and a teen girl’s struggle with evangelical Christianity.”

If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, you can now see the entire film here:

Or, better yet, you can download it to watch on your iPod, iPhone or iPod Touch, PSP and Zune.

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  • http://nonreligiousnerd.blogspot.com/ Nonreligious Nerd

    What the hell was that? Confused me through and through

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff

    I thought the film was very well done. Its an interesting subculture, the evangelical Christians…

  • John

    I guess you had to be there? I grew up in private, evangelical christian schools. This brought up a lot of things I’d forgotten. Hit a lot of nerves.

  • ScottieC

    I think there was a message in there somewhere, but I’m not sure it came across clear enough. I found myself questioning the ending and digging for more information. It didn’t quite sit well with me. I couldn’t discern a definitive viewpoint. To me, it came across as more of a Christian film. Most surprising of all, according to Aron’s website, is that it might be.

    Maybe I’m missing something. Ending aside, the film was aesthetically beautiful. I especially enjoyed the ongoing relationship between Kristi and sources of light.

  • Kamran

    What I got from this is that God is a cougar and that astronomers hide his footprints. Other than that I got nothing.

  • Pastafarian

    Am I supposed to like this? If so, could someone tell me why? It’s not evident to me that this film has much structure, theme, or purpose. If there was a message, or some transformational occurrence, either I was too dense to pick up on it, or it simply wasn’t clear (or there at all).

  • Duo

    The film had some decent shots and weak acting (aside from the freakishly familiar April), but that wasn’t its problem. The problem is the writing. It is terrible. The story seemed to have a path near the beginning, and at the end it became a muddled mess without a resolution or a point. The portrayal of evangelical Christian culture could have easily been done in the first 30 minutes of the film with more detail than what took this movie nearly 2 hours to slowly regurgitate.

    At the end, I was left thinking: “What was the point of that mess?”

  • http://cousinavi.wordpress.com cousinavi

    Wow. I’ve been saved. My eyes have been opened. I’m going to drink a bottle of rum and head down to the zoo to pet a mountain lion.

    jumped up jesus on skis, Hemant. WTF was that about?

  • Revyloution

    Im glad I had an ample supply of beer to get me through. That was an odd experience.

    Im confused, they called her grandfather a ‘scientist’. He was a security guard. Nothing wrong with that, heck, I paint houses. But I think they tried to pigeon hole all of ‘science’ into his one character.

    My favorite dialogue was with the airhead who was asking the Epicurean questions. It was completely unexpected from her character. Plus the idea that the questions were left unanswered. If any young believing Christian watched this film critically, they might notice that they just gave a pass to these difficult questions.

    And PUH LEEZE. To try to tie Eta Carinae to end times prophecy? That has to be the ultimate stretch of trying to tie legitimate science to the random rantings of the writers of the Bible.

  • CassvilleAtheist

    So is she supposed to be magic?

  • Kamran

    At CassvilleAtheist

    I’d like to think that the magic was the magic of lesbianism.

  • CassvilleAtheist

    I just finished watching this. If that was supposed to be a conversion tool. It backfired so hard. It made me laugh more than anything.

  • AlexP

    Yeah Scottie; I’m not really sure what their goal was. Though the film was interesting in some ways, the page that you linked shows that the director is very wishy-washy on having any sort of metaphysical belief. Look at this quote:

    ‘Most people involved in the movie (who are not Jewish) probably consider themselves Christians in a philosophical “I consider myself a good person” kind-of-way.’

    That is so lame! He just equated ‘being a good person’ to being Christian! I am greatly offended by that!

    And ‘For me, the motivations behind why people choose to believe things are as profound as what they believe. And isn’t that the same thing?’

    While I do think it is fascinating to look at why people believe what they do, and the evangelical culture is one worth exploring, calling it the same thing as what they believe is insulting, namely to those who hold those beliefs. It’s like saying “yeah, yeah I hear ya. Oh, no I haven’t actually considered anything you said, but I think you’re very interesting.”

  • Revyloution

    In the light of day (and more sober), I’m amazed this is supposed to be a pro-Christian movie.

    The non-believers are easily the most likable characters. Her UFO friend might be a conspiracy nut, but at least she was nice and fun to hang around with.

    The true believers are the most unlikable characters in the film. Her mom is the classic greedy take all you can get type, dad is a lazy slob who thinks praying is more important than doing, her youth group friend April is shrill and annoying. I don’t see how the film maker could possibly hold them up as positive role models.

    And what was up with the magic? It was barely hinted at, but never explored. It was almost an afterthought that never developed.

  • muggle

    I too am left going WTF? I’m also left thinking the dude might not be Christian but he is at least one of those “something’s out there” types.

    The thing was that while the Christians were all negative stereotypes — and they were horrible cartoonish stereotypes, I would be ashamed of an Atheist making such a film and not rounding the Christians out to people, even if they were unthinking people — so were the unbelievers. You get the impression Kristie, who was the most unreal character of them all, was supposed to be the most real.

    What the hell was with that faith healing bit of her friend made all the worse by gruitious pandering to males by making her lay her hand on her friend’s boob and leaving it there even after the friend gains conscousness until the friend tells her to move it? Did she have a crush on the chick or something? I thought it was the guy she liked but come to think of it, she always was blowing him off for no apparent reason and had to be told in the beginning that he was attractive. Was she supposed to be gay? It would make more sense but it wasn’t clear.

    That conversation with the grandfather was just plain weird. I think Pop Pop had a screw or two loose just like his son and granddaughter and daughter-in-law for that matter. This impression was made all the stronger when you find out he’s a security guard and not the scientist he’s calling himself. I have a daughter with a diagnosed (thank science since it’s now under control) mental illness. I’ve learned since then that mental illness can have genetics come into play. Someone seriously needs to diagnose this whole family.

    And the end left you hanging. It didn’t even tie up the mystery. WTF was with that pulsing and the UFO’s and the missing kittens? The cougar wasn’t even real apparently but some kind of spirit being or some such nonsense so it wouldn’t be eating the smaller cats, just knocking off humans that offended it.

    The cougar was the best thing about the movie. I love cats big and small and I’m an absolute freak about the great cats. I’ve always been in awe of their beauty and their strength. So, given the very beautiful creature they gave me a minute to appreciate it wasn’t a total waste of time.

    The end made no sense. Did she marry the dude and live happily or unhappily ever after because that was “God’s” plan? You don’t freaking know. It was a non-end that brought up more questions than it answered.

    This is why I very seldom like an indy film. They’re too artsy-fartsy at the price of content. They have no meat.

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff

    I wish they would have developed the “master plan” concept that in order to live by God’s plan, there will inevitably need to be some human (a father, mother, pastor, or youth group leader) to tell you what God’s plan is…

    I think the “magic” and the laying on of hands was merely a reference to how some evangelicals believe that if they “have Christ” they will have access to some Christ-like qualities. Many of them believe that being a Christ follower will help them in this world (not just in a theorized next world). It is not out of character for a teenage evangelical to think that perhaps she might have healing powers. I interpreted all of the “magic” scenes as being dreams by the main character.

    I was disappointed in the ending, but in evangelical households, that is probably how these things usually end up.

    I thought the scenes of her “witnessing” to her friends were very funny.

  • Ben

    Just another “WTF” comment. Thank you for wasting 30 min. of my life (I cut to the chase right after the proselytizing). Hement, when you put up propaganda from the fairy tale-ists, at least warn us ahead of time.

  • liz

    that film sucked. =/ not to be mean…but the acting was horrible and like everyone else said the plot sucked. i saw many bits and pieces that could have made a good film…but whoever came up with the idea obviously didnt sit down and write the script before they started filming.

  • John

    It helps if you’ve been there.

    Running up the hill – Her perceived development as a christian. Lonely, barren, and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Ironically, her father chews her out about it.
    The hat – She’s developing a sense of identity. Really pisses of her christian community.
    The lights – Her sense of identity, individuality. At the end the lights go out.
    Conspiracy nut – Points to evidence. Doesn’t actually examine it.
    Grandfather – Examines evidence.
    Kristi – Has no evidence. Has no measurable benefits in christianity. Realizes significant losses as the only actual result. Tries to use christian tools to examine mortality, fails. Confronted with mortality, recoils and cowers behind religion. Mortality and that invisible stalker (paranoia encouraged by her christian community’s remorseless spying and prying) are her only motivations in this decision.
    Acting – could have been better for Kristi and the non christian characters. The christian characters were perfect. That’s exactly what they’re like in their own family and community.

    This is a normal christian story. Individuality is suppressed through sequestration and socially repulsive behavior. The abuse, the spying, the active isolation, the forceful controlling behavior; is why evangelical kids who lose religion tend to do so after they’ve left home. It’s the first time they have the freedom and access to alternatives.

    And why so many never walk away, even though they’re obviously frustrated, unhappy, and deeply dysfunctional people. Because of the expectations of this community, walking away means outright exclusion: giving up most of what you’ve lived for your entire life and attempting to start from scratch without functioning social tools, alone, in the real world.

  • MG

    That was very confusing. What was with the pulsing light? When did the grandfather die? It seems like they just talked about him dying. What was with the cougar? Did the cougar push the grandfather off the cliff?

  • Molly

    JesusBuddy was funny. I didn’t dig the rest of the film though.

    Their text speak was way too ridiculous. Who uses that stuff? TEOTWAWKI? Really? Do they really use that phrase so frequently that it necessitates an acronym?

  • Revyloution

    John Says:

    The hat – She’s developing a sense of identity. Really pisses of her christian community.

    I always knew that good hats lead to atheism and a positive sense of self identity. We had Xmas early because were traveling on the 25th. I got a new hat!! Whohoo!

  • Einmaliger

    Wow, this was thick on symbolism. I like that. However, as a European I found it hard to relate to pretty much anything. I’m not even sure if it’s pro-anything. But I enjoyed it.

  • Vas

    Wow, that was just awful. My father once made a film and I have long thought it was the worst film ever made… I stand corrected, I think I need to call my dad and apologize. The most surprising thing about this film was the fact that I watched it before coming to the comments page, and imagined that not more than possibly 1 other person could have possibly sat through the entire thing, only to find many comments by baffled posters who also sat through this monstrosity. I’m baffeled as well.
    @ John, That was an amazing analysis, geusss you had to be there.

    I just can’t say it strongly enough, this was the worst film ever made, bar none, and being feature length made it all the worse. There should be laws against this sort of thing. There should be a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of everyone who watched this thing. On my death bed I now plan on holding out an extra 2 hours just to get the time back I spent watching this. I’d like to meet this film maker in a dark ally sometime. Aron please never make a film again, please. Did I mention I didn’t like it?

  • muggle

    Revyloution, will you be posting a pic tipping the new hat?

    We had Xmas early because were traveling on the 25th.

    One good thing about being Atheist is being able to move these dates around a bit at will when convenient.

  • Michelle

    How old are the people who made this film? The script and teenage lingo are overdone to an almost Monty Python-esque point. I’m 17, and never in my life have I met anyone who talks like these girls.

  • http://www.myspace.com/goin4roses15 Liberation

    The script and teenage lingo are overdone to an almost Monty Python-esque point. I’m 17, and never in my life have I met anyone who talks like these girls.

    Agreed. The script and acting were so overly theatrical. I didn’t really take anything away from this at all…If you like Indie films, Jesus Camp is similar in style but much better and more relevant.

  • http://www.TheMasterPlanFilm.com Aron Campisano

    P.S. Thanks, John.

    And Vas, the worst film ever made is clearly my NEXT film:

    http://www.TheAdventureMovie.com

    If we ever meet in a dark alley, it’s on. May I suggest you bring Dad? You’re gonna need him.

  • Rich Wilson

    My take is that the movie is pro-Christian, anti-Evangelical. None of the evangelism, either by Kristi on her friends or her family on her, worked. In fact, it only distanced the recipient of the evangelism. Her final decision was on her terms, not via the structure pushed upon her.

    Another symbolism: the stadium = organized religion/church. In the last scene, she’s on the other side of the fence.

  • http://miketheinfidel.blogspot.com/ MikeTheInfidel

    … What the hell? I had to watch this movie twice just to figure out when her grandfather died. Was there a plot buried in there somewhere, among the lengthy uncomfortable silences and the clunky acting?


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