Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Faith film makes a Quantum Leap


Movie: Me Again
Cast: David A. R. White, Ali Landry, Logan White, Bruce McGill, Della Reese, Tommy Blaze
Directors: David A. R. White, Jeffrey Peterson
Genre: Comedy
Rating: Unrated but probably PG
“Be careful what you pray for” is the warning given for the new movie Me Again, available on DVD today, January 24, 2012. Fans of the old NBC TV show, Quantum Leap will certainly enjoy this romp that borrow a similar idea. Instead of Dr. Sam Beckett “leaping” into a different body, this time the leaper is Pastor Rich Chaplin.
Rich (David A. R. White) is unhappy with his life. He isn’t crazy about his kids, his wife has kicked him out of the house and he doesn’t care much for his own congregation. “Please God, help me to be anybody except who I am” is his prayer and God answers it in a strange way. Rich begins the process of seeing how others around him live not only through their eyes, but through their bodies as well. He inhabits the bodies of a rich businessman, an elderly maid, a female fashion model and more. With the help of his best friend Tony (Tommy Blaze) the two try to make sense of everything. Each time Rich shows up, he looks like someone else, so he lets Tony know who he is by saying “It’s me again.” He also receives some sage advice from Big Earl (Bruce McGill), a late night television-advertising spokesman. The storyline may seem similar to It’s a Wonderful Life but it is different enough to not be a cliché. The film is uneven in parts and possibly rushed through editing, but the end result is a highly entertaining movie with a good message that doesn’t speak down to the audience.
The acting and writing is better than most Christian films and features some nice special effects for a lower budget movie. White, who also serves as director of the film, has nice comedic timing and carries the film well as the lead. He is joined by a great cast including Della Reese (who isn’t in this movie near enough), Ali Landry (who plays Rich’s wife and ironically got her start acting in a Doritos commercial) and Logan White (playing s self-hating model).
This film will make you laugh and give you something to think about without feeling like you’re being preached at. It speaks a message to both Christians and non-Christians alike about the value of marriage and fatherhood.

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