Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. (2022)

Regina Hall, Sterling K. Brown, Nicole Beharie, Conphidance,
In the aftermath of a huge scandal, Trinitie Childs, the first lady of a prominent Southern Baptist Mega Church, attempts to help her pastor-husband, Lee-Curtis Childs, rebuild their congregation.
  • 5.3 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2022-09-03 Added:
  • Writer:
  • Adamma Ebo, Director:
  • Jessamine Burgum, Matthew Cooper, Amandla Crichlow, Kara Durrett, Adanne Ebo, Producer:

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4 / 10

'Jesus Christ was all about the shock factor'

Firstly Sterling K. Brown looked either high or coming from a mini crying session in the bathroom for the entire movie. This is basically a black movie version of The Righteous Gemstones, and even though they both follow run of the mill satire, this was way on the nose and just not as good. It was written to be funny but most of the jokes really don't land. I only had one genuine chuckle. It's less of a movie and more of a behind the scenes of a documentary about a religious leader's scandal. And it's one of those pastors who preach about prayer and reading the Bible without actually talking about what's inside, I only recall one Bible quote, everything else was just vibes, that "oh hallelujah, mmmmh jesssuuss....you feel that, oh praise him!" type.

How on the nose everything was also kept making the next 10-15min of the movie predictable, and all shenanigans started to feel repetitive. There was nothing special about it. Only good thing about it was Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall performances in it. The ending was underwhelming as well, an unenthused finale to a mediocre movie. Go watch The Righteous Gemstones instead if you're looking for a funnier attempt at religious satire.

1 / 10

Trash

This movie was big trash! It's supposed to be funny but it's not. Such a waste of money and I only went to see it for Regina Hall but it's a no from me dawg. And I was even more mad when I found out I could have just watched it on Peacock... I left the theater in the and then movie wasn't even a good 30 mins in. It was just so bad I'm surprised it was green lit to even be shown in theaters it definitely could have just been released on a streaming app and that's it. The review requires 600 characters and I don't even really have 600 characters worth of things to say about this terrible movie........

3 / 10

Maybe viewers with a deeper connection to religion and how the American "church system" works will find it more entertaining...

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"Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul carries tremendous potential as a religious satire, but besides Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown's dedicated performances, it's hard to find other enjoyable components.

Except for two admittedly hilarious sequences, the vast majority of jokes and references about religion and the church don't land at all. The bland dramatic storyline takes itself way too seriously, negatively affecting the balance between the different types of narrative.

The idea behind the distinct aspect ratios makes sense on paper, but its repetitive, constantly switching execution becomes more frustrating than anything else.

Maybe viewers with a deeper connection to religion and how the American "church system" works will find it more entertaining..."

Rating: D+

5 / 10

We Can Honk for Jesus, but the Soul isn't able to be Saved

Saw this back at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

"Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul" is directed by Sisters Adamma Ebo and Adanne Ebo which is the story about in an aftermath of a huge scandal, Trinitie Childs, the first lady of a prominent Southern Baptist Mega Church, attempts to help her pastor-husband, Lee-Curtis Childs, rebuild their congregation. The Ebo sisters had previously made a short film also called Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul. This movie relies on religious satire and humor about the church system involved with the black communities. All the performances were great especially Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown sells the entire movie. The presentation of a mockumentary style fits perfectly to the tone and presentation. There are some really good camerawork throughout the entire movie but the decision to keep changing the aspect ratio gets annoying the time and time it goes on. Aspect ratio changes during the movie is alright if they serve a purpose but this movie doesn't have a purpose to keep changing it's aspect ratio.

Many of the jokes and references about religion, church, politics, and such are seemingly big misses and it didn't land well with the story as much. The story is unfortunately the most bland and basic story that a satire could choose and because of the bland narrative, it doesn't really feel like a satire but more of a bland comedy. I am not religious but I think maybe if I was religious, I probably would like the movie more. None of the characters are as engaging as I hoped for. Everyone felt like paper cuts from a basic book you find in high school that is hidden away from the public.

The Ebo Sisters definitely have talent but honestly, I prefer the short film version they did.

Rating: C+

1 / 10

Waste of time, Regina was horrible

The jokes didnt land in general, but Regina Hall's performance was the worst part of the movie.

This is coming from a person who isn't religious to begin with, but they should've gotten a better actress than Regina to play the lead role. The writing and directing is nothing special either. Story doesn't have a great plot either. Very underwhelming. I wouldnt advise anyone to pay for this movie.