Into Temptation (2009)




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A jaded priest finds hope and redemption in the unlikeliest places in this indie drama from writer-director Patrick Coyle. Jeremy Sisto stars as Catholic priest Father John, who has become complacent in his vocation until the day that a depressed prostitute, Linda (Kristin Chenowith), wanders into his confessional and reveals that she intends to commit suicide on her birthday -- and then disappears. Father John's quest to find and save the woman leads him on a journey into the city's sexual underworld, where he finds help from unexpected sources. Brian Baumgartner (Kevin from The Office) turns in a supporting performance as a fellow priest.
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Jeremy Sisto
as Fr. John Buerlein
Kristin Chenoweth
as Linda Salerno
Brian Baumgartner
as Fr. Ralph O'Brien
Bruce A. Young
as Lloyd Montag
Amy Matthews
as Nadine Brennan
Greta Oglesby
as Miriam
Ansa Akyea
as James St. Clair
Isabell Monk
as Tessie Thomas
Patrick Coyle
as Steven Miller
Linda Kelsey
as Corrine Buerlein
Marquetta Senters
as Anita Mendoza
Tom Carey
as Donald Dupree
Grant Richey
as Caretaker
Peter Thoemke
as George Andropolous
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Critic Reviews for Into Temptation

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Into Temptation doesn't break ground as a story, even one about redemption. Even so, Coyle's understanding of the pastoral work of the parish priest is refreshing.

January 22, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

A Catholic-themed indie of occasionally irreverent wit, Into Temptation is appropriately tough to resist.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
Top Critic

Into Temptation is a haunting, carefully crafted movie about a woman with mile-wide rips in her soul and the flawed priest who aims to save her.

Full Review… | August 27, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Into Temptation treats Catholocism - and its audience - with a great deal of respect.

Full Review… | January 23, 2010
What Would Toto Watch?

Sharply constructed with a heavy spray of noirish aroma, Temptation is a uniquely accomplished indie film, wielding salacious material sensitively, building an intoxicating sense of intrigue and discomfort.

Full Review… | October 14, 2009

A modest, intelligent film.

August 28, 2009
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Into Temptation

Jeremy Sisto plays an understated priest very well. He seemed comfortable with the faith depicted in the film and I found that refreshing. There is no love for or condemnation of the Catholic Church and that's also refreshing. Into Temptation (a bad title by the way) shows the Church plays an important role in people's lives and priests struggle with duty, obligation, loyalty, politics like everyone else but with a higher purpose. I had not planned to watch this movie but was drawn in when it came on after something else I watched on cable. I hadn't even planned to watch another movie so that tells you something about it's intrigue. It's very good.

Barbara Collins
Barbara Collins

I really, really liked this movie. Jeremy Sisto does a very good job. This is one of those movies that I never even heard of, but it turned out to be VERY interesting.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Heartbreakingly sad film about a woman seeking absolution from a priest unable to give it. Powerful emotions are in play with this multi-layered story that easily could have slid into a lurid sex tale but managed to stay above the fray. Explores the power of forgiveness and random acts of kindness that can change lives. Jeremy Sisto as the jaded priest who finds new purpose and Kristen Chenowith as the young woman were superb. The supporting cast performed ably and the dark streets of Minneapolis served as the backdrop for this morality tale. Surprisingly well done, and extremely tasteful, respectful treatment of a very sensitive subject. Wow!

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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