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The Catechism Cataclysm (2011)

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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Storytelling in all its forms is skewered in The Catechism Cataclysm. In this divinely bizarre and funny tale, wild characters infuse stories within stories until the lines between the Bible, Mark Twain, and campfire tales are hilariously blurred. Father Billy (Steve Little), an eccentric young priest, is forced to take asabbatical by his superiors when he is discovered telling inappropriate parables to his flock. Billy tracks down his high-school idol Robbie (Robert Longstreet), who

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Comedy

Todd Rohal

Feb 27, 2012

$1.9k

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A grating and witless would-be spoof of religion, male-bonding and, it seems, horror movies.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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William and Robbie's adventure has a shaggy-dog charm that's hard to resist.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR
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Such detours into psychotronic oddity for its own sake can make even a 75-minute running time feel like an eternity.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Weird and well-acted...

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Taking the notion of toilet humor literally but incapable of delivering its promised religious satire, The Catechism Cataclysm is more muddled than its tongue-twister title.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It seems hopelessly without a point - unless the point has something to do with dropping a Bible into a dirty toilet.

April 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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...it's ultimately impossible to walk away from The Catechism Cataclysm feeling that it could (and should) have been much, much better.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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It's a very dumb comedy made by very smart folks.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

A lot of it is tedious and directionless.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

As a professional preacher, I could appreciate (the film) to some degree as a satiric take on storytelling in both religious and secular circles. Sorry to say, that's about as far as my appreciation goes.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

A priest and a washed-up heavy metal drummer step into a boat. . . . This isn't the start of a joke, but rather the plot of Todd Rohal's strange IFC film.

November 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Even after the movie takes its turn for the surreal, it remains rooted in the reactions of slack-faced good guy Little and the gruff-but-loveable Longstreet.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

It's essentially a hilariously brazen lark, which is reason enough to embrace it.

October 17, 2011 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

While the ending to any shaggy-dog story is supposed to be irrelevant, The Catechism Cataclysm's capper is particularly enervating.

October 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

rather than use this premise as a set up for bible satire, the film relies on diarrhea jokes and uninspired buddy-bonding to carry us through an ill-plotted tale of damnation and redemption

June 20, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Watching the lazy surreal odyssey unfold, you might be tempted to see The Catechism Cataclysm as a metaphor about telling a story, or about the futility of telling a story.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Catechism Cataclysm ain't perfect, but people in the, um, right frame of mind will definitely have a big, dopey grin on their face.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: UGO

Audience Reviews for The Catechism Cataclysm

The Catechism Cataclysm starts out promising to be one of the great comic masterpieces of our time. Perfect comic acting and comic timing, not to mention some pretty darn good comic writing, had me super excited. Unfortunately, before the movie is over, it spirals into total lazy randomness, squandering its potential. Steve Little stays game throughout the whole film, though, and for that I am grateful.
June 13, 2011
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