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Review: Regina Hall Takes Us To Church In ‘Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul.’

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HONK FOR JESUS. SAVE YOUR SOUL (2022)

Regina Hall absolutely shines in the smart satirical rockumentary Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul., a slow burn of a comedy that scrutinizes the profitable megachurch system with humorous precision.

In Honk for Jesus, a scandal rocks a Southern Baptist Megachurch, leading Trinitie Childs (Regina Hall) and her pastor-husband Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown) to embark on a journey to rebuild their congregation. Adamma Ebo’s script is intelligently structured to slowly peel back the pieces of the story, often in humorous, on-the-nose ways. It’s not the type of film that will have you full-blown laughing, but I found myself with a continuous joyful chuckle thanks to the consistent comedic undertones. Brown is brilliant as the pastor, but its Hall who has the standout performance here. She expertly portrays a woman carrying a lot of torment and weight with hilarious asides and mannerisms that compliment the dialogue and enhance the character.

Satire can be tough to nail, but Honk for Jesus is satire done right. The tension methodically builds as the camera crew continues to catch the couple in revealing moments that run afoul of the savory image they are trying to put forward. The end result is a smart dissection of the subject matter, highlighting the ridiculous hypocrisy and commandeering of religion for financial gain. While there are a few parts that seemed oddly organized and unnecessary int he grander scheme of things, Ebo nails the premise and intent, leaving me excited to see where her film career goes next.

Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. hits theaters and Peacock on September 2nd, 2022.

Rating: 4/5

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