Sunday School Musical (2008)
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Sunday School Musical is about a soulful African American singer-dancer who brings life to straightlaced, slightly off-key white choir. Containing an abundant amount of cliches you'll know everything that will happen without devoting all your attention to it. Something the film does poorly is understanding the idea of conflict. Every conflict introduced is dealt nonchalantly fixed easily within minutes or within the same scene. Even the major conflict of Zach (the film's protagonist) not being able to sing at his Church is unintentionally resolved eliminating the film reason to have a plot. At the start of the film we learn that Zach's mother lost her job and the entire family has to move with their aunt on the other side of town. Now according to dialogue within the same scene that would be forty five minutes away. Forty five minutes that Zach would spent to get back to the same side of town just to pout on a roof and makes frequent return to this one roof where apparently all the hip Church choir singers go to hang out. Creating a film that has nothing going for it. All that's left is a serie of tire cliches (two opposing team working together in the finals, shoehorned in testaments, and the results of who wins). With no real conflict the characters have nothing to learn from, nothing to conquer, and nothing that to make them rounded characters. Blinded by constructing a series of bad narrative choices the film's has an unintended undertone message that the blacker you are the better you are at singing. It comes across that way as in the beginning of the film a white choir doesn't improve until Zach joins the team making them better and the reigning champions is an all black choir. Intentional or not the film seems to be unable to do anything correctly even doing the most basic of story elements correctly is too difficult for it. Now like all musicals the songs themselves are just as important as how they are incorporated into the film. Music is prominent in the beginning of the film only to mess up its own pacing going long duration without a musical number. Songs in "Sunday School Musical" have less depth than the most generic pop songs. Lazily written the songs meaning are easy to grasps, but never come across with the intended purpose. One song titled "You're Not the Boss" is literally about two characters singing about who's more annoying. Singing the following hurtful insults "If I play the piano louder than they'll never hear a thing.", "You're the not boss. A high school superstar.", "We need more talent if want to compete", and my favorite one "Zach can crack a egg and make swell pie.". These lyrics alone out of context are goofy, but together in a single song it becomes painful to listen. All the songs in the film suffer from the same rhythms of problems. The lyricist of these songs I'm convinced and you will too after listening to a single track know nothing about music. Easily the worst song titled "In My Shoes" best embodies everything that is musically wrong about the musical aspect. Being a self proclaim "Maniac" I was crazy enough to listen to it multiple times to include a partial outline of the song in my review. So after Zach explains to his friend Savannah situation that led him to moving to the other side of town the followings lines of text are sang. Now tell me if these sound like good people. Zach: ♫Hold up one minute! Do you think I want it this way? Gotta leave my friends. Dis my plan. Pack and move away. I thought that you would hold me down. I see now it's all about you. OHOHOHO!♫ Savannah: ♫Wait, wait, wait a second boy. You're not going to turn this around on me. When you're the one skipping town. Right before we finally get the chance to go to state. Guess that ain't important to you? Oh boy.♫ Zach: ♫If you really cared than you wouldn't talk that way.♫ Savannah: ♫And if you didn't want to leave than you would to stay.♫ Unable to overcome its low budget restraints everything ends up looking cheap. The school Zach attends are empty that one could have easily mistaken the film to have taken place post apocalypse. Choreography is limited to the location as actors will mostly move around in circles in the same location. Performing dance moves that have been done a million times. Acting leaves plenty to be desire since the actors have no personality they come across as unlikable. Delivery every lines in monotone voice. The line delivery in this film is more lifeless than a cemetery. As for the Christian elements of the film they are all shoehorned in. Christianity is hardly discuss in the film nor are its belief ever touch upon. As an audience we never understand the reason for behind the characters choosing this religion. The most Christian this film gets is with the forced Bible quotes. Sunday School Musical has nothing for the audience its trying to appeal for. The songs are lazily written quickly forgotten from your thoughts once they end, the actors lack personality with mediocre performances, and there's hardly any kind of Christian content in the film. It's a cheap cash grab that while laughably bad at times only encourages viewer to stop watching. Ending up bad song that loops for ninety mintues.
A pathetic introduction into the musical and Christian film genre, Sunday School Musical is a shameless rip-off of not very good films with terrible acting, a plot filled with plot holes, and extremely bland and sporadic songs. The first of the Asylum's installments into the Christian film genre, Sunday School Musical stars a boy named Zach, a poor boy living in who-gives-a-crap city. He's part of a Sunday School choir that's competing in a statewide choir competition. His choir moves to the next round, but he soon learns he has to transfer to the Crossroads church, whose choir has also moved on but is beyond terrible. When he learns that Crossroads is about to be torn down, his old choir group and the Crossroads Church join together to win the competition. Just by the title, it's obvious that this was supposed to cash in on the infamy of the High School Musicals. While I haven't seen the original movies (and I never want to), I've heard that they're pretty sanitized. And yet, somehow, this film is more sanitized than the original. It's so Christian friendly that anything interesting has been sucked out. It's one of those bad films that's not only bad, but excruciatingly boring. The acting is Asylum standard, so not much to say there. Any of the "original" songs are lazily written and poorly performed and leave no lasting impact, and the actual gospel songs that are in the movie are ones I haven't heard since I was four years old. I mean, I know you have to pay royalties for using songs by more modern artists, but couldn't they have picked ADULT gospel songs instead of "This little light of mine" and "I sing because I'm happy"? Overall, this movie wouldn't appeal to anyone. Musical fans would find this cheap and boring. People who hate the original High School Musical would easily tell that they completely missed the point. People who love the original High School Musical would easily tell that they missed the point. IT'S JUST POINTLESS. Save your money and rent a better musical movie. (Real rating: 4%)
Too cliched to function. Its total incompetence provides some scattered laughs, but lifelessness and unoriginality do not a camp classic make. A woefully simple, one-minded, unrealistic tale about faith.
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