The Good Catholic (PG-13)

Comedy 96 min. September 8, 2017
By Tatiana Craine
Priest meets girl. Priest falls in love. Priest has crisis of faith. It's a tale as old as dogma, and with The Good Catholic, writer-director Paul Shoulberg doesn't try to reinvent it for the here and now. Daniel (Zachary Spicer) is a young, idealistic priest recovering from his father's recent death. He works and lives with two other men of the cloth, the humorless Father Victor (Danny Glover) and the carb-loving, chain-smoking Franciscan monk Ollie (John C. McGinley). As the youngest of the trio, Daniel gets stuck with a late-night confessional shift where he meets Jane (Wrenn Schmidt). At first, Daniel resists her manic-pixie confessional girl allure -- but there are plenty of other reasons he's having second thoughts about his devotion to the Lord.

Like little shoulder-bound angels, Victor and Ollie attempt to lead Daniel away from temptation.
Although Glover and McGinley play these men of God with relish (McGinley's irreverent yet sincere
monk is a treat), it's too bad they've been saddled with scripture-spewing stock characters.

Despite the good will that Glover and McGinley bring, cinematographer Justin Montgomery's incessant shaky cam makes The Good Catholic look like a sermon shot on some found-footage horror film's iPhone -- and from the front pew, no less. And with no less than three homilies, the film ends up feeling like an overlong, disjointed mass.
Paul Shoulberg Zachary Spicer, Wrenn Schmidt, Danny Glover, John C. McGinley, Alex Miro Paul Shoulberg Zachary Spicer, John Robert Armstrong, Graham Sheldon Broad Green Pictures

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