Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. | 2022 | R | – 6.3.7
A satire on religion grifters, about the husband and wife proprietors (Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown) of a Southern Baptist megachurch, who attempt a comeback after a sex scandal derailed their opulent lifestyle. Also with Nicole Beharie, Conphidance, Austin Crute, Devere Rogers, Robert Yatta, Greta Glenn, Andrea Laing, Selah Kimbro Jones and Crystal Alicia Garrett. Directed by Adamma Ebo. [Running Time: 1:42]
Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. SEX/NUDITY 6
– A husband and his wife lie in bed: he’s asleep and shirtless and we see his bare back, chest and abdomen, while his wife wears a nightgown that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders as she hugs and kisses him; he rolls toward her, they kiss, she reaches under the sheets, he rolls her on her back and she interrupts to ask him to perform in a different position; she rolls on her back and the man thrusts briefly, stops and seems to be manually stimulating himself until he asks the woman to do something else, and she moves below his waist and off-screen (oral sex implied) as the man moans and covers his face with a pillow.
► A husband and his wife hug and kiss. A husband and his wife hold hands. A husband bites his wife’s bare toe while in a swimming pool. A woman holds a sign that reads, “Honk for Jesus” while she shimmies and thrusts her hips provocatively, as cars drive by.
► Reporters ask a man and a woman about allegations of sexual misconduct in a few scenes. People comment on accusations about sexual misconduct and several say that the male victims were adults and agreed to it, while others accuse the older, male aggressor of taking advantage of the young men. A man preaches that homosexuality is “derailing marriage.” A woman describes a man’s sexual activity and talks about his attending orgies and participating in unorthodox behavior. A man wearing a tank T-Shirt is talking to a younger man and seems to be trying to seduce him; the young man refers to his boyfriend, and the conversation ends.
► A man removes his shirt during a church service (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back), he then removes his pants leaving his boxer briefs on and we see his bare legs to the upper thighs. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. A man’s swim trunks slip down when he gets out of a swimming pool and we see his partial bare buttocks and buttock cleavage. A woman wears a swimsuit in a swimming pool (cleavage and bare legs to the hips are seen).
Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. VIOLENCE/GORE 3
– Reporters ask a man and a woman about allegations of sexual misconduct in a few scenes. People comment on accusations about sexual misconduct and several say that the victims were adults and agreed to it, while others accuse the aggressor of taking advantage of the young men. A young man confronts a man about sexual misconduct, asks him, “Do you still like me?” and the man tries to explain and they argue briefly before the young man leaves. A woman yells at another woman, they argue and both women curse at each other.
► A man yells and curses when he steps on chewing gum (we see the goo on the bottom of his shoe). A woman yells and curses when she steps on chewing gum. A song titled, “Knuck if you Buck” by Crime Mob is heard and a man and a woman sing along with the lyrics. A man preaches about the devil and restraint. A man puts his hand on a young girl’s head and lays her back on the floor during a church service; she gets up and sings and others in the room chant and sing (she later says that she loves the theater). Two women greet each other and talk about a congregation leaving a church and going to another church; they both seem to be pretending to be nice to each other. A man talks about losing everything. A woman reprimands her adult daughter for being weak. We hear that a woman filed for divorce but stopped the proceedings. A young man laughs at a man and a woman for their theatrics. A woman says, “I would sooner kill him than leave him.” Two men and two women argue about the timing of opening and re-opening their churches and whether the community would be able to support two large churches. A man says, “The devil torments you.” A man talks about being, “Ambushed by the devil.”
► A man is baptized in a pool of water and a woman holds him under the surface while praying and he surfaces gasping. A woman paints her face with Mime makeup and performs, “Mime Praise” on a sidewalk outside a church. A statue meant to be Jesus is shown in a few scenes and we see scars on the palms and tears streaming down its face.
Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. LANGUAGE 7
– About 24 F-words and its derivatives (1 not fully enunciated), 5 sexual references, 12 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 9 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (rat, excessive, ungodly, landfill of a circumstance, roach under the floorboards, pervert, big bad wolves, nasty, disgusting, mess, sinner, criminal, broke, stupid), exclamations (oh my goodness, wow, shut up, dang, shut the…), 2 religious profanities (GD), 29 religious exclamations (e.g. Amen, God, Lord, Lord have mercy, thank you God, Hallelujah, Jesus, Bless your heart, ungodly, all things are possible with God, in the name of the Lord, oh my God, Holy and sexy, God don’t like ugly, God Bless). | profanity glossary |
Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. SUBSTANCE USE
– A woman says that she gave a man two Ambien to help him sleep. A young man smokes an e-cigarette in a shopping mall food court.
Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. DISCUSSION TOPICS
– Sexual abuse, sin, prosperity gospel, grifting, opulence, megachurches, responsibility, tenacity, truth, Adam and Eve, original sin, restraint, deceit, betrayal, divorce, inspiration, competition, Mime Praise.
Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. MESSAGE
– The promoters of prosperity gospel are often self-deluded and self-righteous.
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