Don Verdean (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes

Don Verdean (2015)



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Movie Info

Hired by an ambitious small-town pastor to find sacred relics in the Holy Land, a self-proclaimed Biblical archaeologist comes up short and his attempt to cover up his failure fuels a comic conspiracy from the filmmaking team behind Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.more
Rating: PG-13 (for crude and suggestive content, some language and brief violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 1, 2016
Box Office: $30.5k
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Sam Rockwell
as Don Verdean
Amy Ryan
as Carol
Danny McBride
as Tony Lazarus
Will Forte
as Pastor Fontaine
Leslie Bibb
as Joylinda Lazarus
Sky Elobar
as Dr. Stanley
Yaniv Moyal
as Israeli Officer
Jared Shipley
as Lab Tech
Jake Van Wagoner
as Officer Schmidt
Stephen Park
as Poonyen
Logan Rogan
as Tourist
Pete Rockwell
as Antique Store Owner
Harry Bonner
as Security Guard
Brent Hunsaker
as Reporter #1
Angel Martinez Cruz
as Dr. Stelios Patrokol...
Nicea DeGering
as Reporter #2
Justin Chapman
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Don Verdean

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (15)

I think I chuckled about three times ...

Full Review… | December 12, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

The film employs and immediately squanders the talents of legitimate comedy all-stars Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Jemaine Clement and Will Forte.

Full Review… | December 11, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Even with the likes of Amy Ryan and Will Forte providing capable backup, it all grows ancient, fast.

Full Review… | December 10, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

There is a redemptive message in Verdean's eventual downfall but it's mostly lost in a storyline that tries way too hard to be outlandish.

Full Review… | December 10, 2015
Toronto Star
Top Critic

There is an absence of meanness in the Hesses' comic worldview that makes their films almost impossible to dislike.

Full Review… | December 10, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

Hess' eccentric characters are neither likable enough to root for nor ridiculous enough to earn big laughs.

Full Review… | December 10, 2015
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Don Verdean

This film could have used some more focused energy and flow in the second half, but overall I enjoyed it, and had some good laughs. The cast overall weren't used to their full potential, but were great nonetheless. Jemaine Clement was absolutely hilarious. I don't think he's capable of not being funny. He was definitely the source of most of the humor in this film. I'm a huge fan of Danny McBride, I just wish he got to shine a little more in this film. That's the only problem really. It seemed muffled. I also am personally a fan of religious satire, and I find it interesting that the Hess duo made this film, being members of the Mormon church. Especially the part with the holy grail being guarded by native Americans in Utah. Kind of reminiscent of the origins of the Mormon doctrine. Indirectly poking fun at their own church? Anyway, if you're a fan of Hess films, you'll probably enjoy it.

Thad Collis

I was sadly disappointed in this religious satire starring one of my favorite actors, Sam Rockwell. I felt especially bad for great talents Amy Ryan and Jemaine Clement. The laughs are just not there enough for such great talent. The makers of 'Napoleon Dynamite' might have reached their peak with that first movie.

There's no denying the cast has talent but they deserve more than this flat script. Clement and Forte do well with what they're given but it's only due to their own expertise.

Don Verdean Quotes

Poonyen: I want wife, Dan. She has to be gentle, sweet, and hot like stripper.
– Submitted by rob g (6 months ago)
Poonyen: You hit her in the uterus, Dan.
– Submitted by rob g (6 months ago)

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