Leap of Faith Reviews
Bottom line: a bunch of crazy-Christians can't handle the perfectly entertaining look presented in this movie. It's got a great cast: Steve Martin, Liam Neeson, Debra Winger, and even bit roles by Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Meatloaf. And, it's pretty funny and entertaining beginning to end.
I am not that religious of a person, and while I think it's great when a person finds himself, I just didn't enjoy the ending as much as I thought.
The film centers around a preacher con man, whose truck breaks down in a small remote economic crisis town, and he starts doing his gig.
It's a big gig with many people involved to make a lot of money off people's belief in faith.
Let's get something straight here. Martin is fabulous. I know his comedy is appreciated, but I am not sure if his acting chops are. He is brilliant here.
I really wish the film would of avoided the sort of cliche ending that was on display here, but I guess what other route could you have gone.
Martin is so strong here it is definitely one of his best performances I have seen to date.
It was cool seeing a young Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Liam Neeson also, before they really got their start.
Steve Martin carries this movie fully, until the corny predictable ending.
A very solid comedy film that features Martin at his absolute best.
Steve Martin plays this multi layered character well & it's quite interesting to see the behind the scenes trickery & how set up the evangelists can be.
There a few love stories in there as well that aren't entirely convincing & it doesn't really conclude to well.
Turned out to be a decent movie about the shysters that preach "health, wealth and healing" for a price and the people that actually buy into that. Steve Martin is amazingly excellent in this movie as the head shyster Jonas and the glimpses you see of Phillip Seymour Hoffman make you sad all over again at the loss of that great actor.
And yes, Liam is good as well, as the small town sheriff, just wanting to protect his town from the likes of people like Jonas.
The end is VERY good and shows what TRUE faith is all about.
When his tour bus breaks down, Jonas pitches his tents in impoverished Rustwater, Kansas. While his alluring manager (Debra Winger) tries to persuade the local sheriff(Liam Neeson) not to close the show, Jonas sets his sights on a beautiful skeptic named Marva (Lolita Davidovitch). But making a believer out of Marva is going to take a real miracle.
also stars Lukas Haas, Meat Loaf, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, M.C. Gainey and Maria Anita,
directed by Richard Pearce.