The Catechism Cataclysm (2011)



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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Todd Rohal
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 27, 2012
Box Office: $1.9k
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Critic Reviews for The Catechism Cataclysm

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7)

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

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

William and Robbie's adventure has a shaggy-dog charm that's hard to resist.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
AV Club
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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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2011
Time Out
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Weird and well-acted...

Full Review… | October 18, 2011
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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2011
Village Voice
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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.

Kyle F.
Kyle Fowler

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Original, funny, absurdist, indie dark comedy. Definitely not for all tastes, but worth it for those who are willing to follow it wherever it takes them.

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