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Salvation Boulevard (2011)



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Salvation Boulevard is a modern comedy based on the book of the same title by Larry Beinhart about Pastor Dan Day, a charismatic evangelical preacher (Pierce Brosnan) who has captivated a small western American town with his charm - and the promise of a sweet real estate development. Carl (Greg Kinnear) is a former follower - not of Christ, but of the Grateful Dead - who has since become "found" in Dan's Evangelical community, serving as one of the preacher's great examples of spiritual and moral transformation. But Carl's new belief system is turned upside down when he witnesses a sinful act that Pastor Dan's doughy henchman (Jim Gaffigan) aims to cover up. -- (C) IFCmore
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Douglas Stone, Larry Beinhart, George Ratliff, Doug Max Stone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2012
Box Office: $27.4k
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Jennifer Connelly
as Gwen Vandermeer
Ed Harris
as Dr. Paul Blaylock
Greg Kinnear
as Carl Vandermeer
Marisa Tomei
as Honey Foster
Isabelle Fuhrman
as Angie Vandermeer
Ciarán Hinds
as Joe Hunt
Jim Gaffigan
as Jerry Dobson
Yul Vázquez
as Jorge Guzman De Vaca
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Critic Reviews for Salvation Boulevard

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (19)

It's a blunderbuss satire that criminally wastes a talented cast.

Full Review… | August 11, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

In truckin' past so many fruitful oases, "Salvation Boulevard" is a bumpy road.

Full Review… | August 5, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

[An] enjoyable if simplistic black comedy loosely based on a novel by Larry Beinhart.

Full Review… | July 28, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's quite funny at times and has some good performances. But it's so predictable it has no bite, either as social satire or as slapstick comedy.

Full Review… | July 28, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Salvation Boulevard has a terrific cast and not much else.

Full Review… | July 15, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Starts out on the right path, but loses its way early on.

Full Review… | July 15, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Salvation Boulevard

For Carl, salvation turned out to be a tight squeeze!

Good weird easily offending movie! The story of a preacher gone bad, a dead head turned believer, and a cast of character actors that are very well cast. It's a slapstick of a film, but we live in a world where that isn't enough. Great funny lines, incredibly fun acting. If you are looking for a fun night and need a video, this is it. I have to imagine this film might be more successful over time, and as people discover it. If you are a born again Christian, this might not be your cup of tea.

Set in the world of mega-churches in which a former Deadhead-turned-born again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


"Salvation Boulevard" starts with a debate between noted atheist intellectual Peter Blaylock(Ed Harris) and Pastor Dan Day(Pierce Brosnan) of the Third Millennium Church. After the show, Peter and Dan have a drink in Peter's office where Dan accidentally shoots Peter with an antique gun, which is witnessed by Carl(Greg Kinnear), one of Dan's followers. While Dan seeks to cover it up before having a terrible experience watching a Tom Cruise movie, Carl tries to do the right thing which leads Jerry(Jim Gaffigan) to try to go old testament on him.

"Salvation Boulevard" is a frustrating near miss that a game cast does what it can with sketchily drawn characters but to no avail. Evangelical religion is such low hanging fruit these days that one has to really work at it to have something new to say, and a multiplex showing religious films will just not cut it. And you know you're in trouble when the best laugh of the entire movie and perhaps the only true one comes in the endnotes.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


The film was a bit of a mess. They had a good idea for a film but didn't execute it correctly. The film needed a rewrite. I felt some of the actors were miscast, like Greg Kinnear.

Sol C

Super Reviewer

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