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Into Temptation (2009)

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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Cast

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
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 | Rating: 2/4
Denver Post
Top Critic

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

September 1, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
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.

August 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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

January 23, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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.

October 15, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
BrianOrndorf.com

A modest, intelligent film.

August 28, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Into Temptation

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

Super Reviewer

½

Quite a decent movie, but I just felt that it was lacking something. The plot is intriguing enough, not fantastic, but intriguing. But in John's search for Linda, nothing really happens to be honest. It's just like "go here, talk to this person, this person tells me to go see this other person, then this other person tells me to talk to this woman at a store". It's a very formulaic movie, in fact it reminds me of Law and Order, which Jeremy Sisto is a cast member of ironically, Law and Order is a very formulaic show, you won't see them going too far away from the formula and I guess it works, but in the end it's just a very boring and uninteresting show (in my opinion) and it's the same thing with this movie. It's just boring, I don't know what could have been done to make this movie better, to be honest. Not to shit on the movie, I thought it had some solid performances, but nothing outstanding, and I do think that the movie has a nice message at the end. The way I see it, the movie is trying to say that John, in a very indirect way, saved Linda's life (though there's no confirmation to one side or the other) even though John won't probably ever find out. So yea I thought the message of the movie was nice, but in the end this is just an average and fairly unimpressive movie.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

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