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 begrudgingly agrees to a canoe trip. On the water, the two men reminisce about Billy's days as the keyboardist in a Christian band and Robbie's as a guitarist for a metal band. When night approaches, they realize they have lost their way--and that's when things get weird. -- (C) IFC Midnight
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Steven E. Little
as Father William Smoortser
Robert Longstreet
as Robbie Shoemaker
Miki Ann Maddox
as Huckleberry Finn
Koko Lanham
as Tom Sawyer
as Jim
Walter Dalton
as Father O'Herlihy
Barbara Pomer
as Milagros Maria
Timothy Watkins
as Father Tim
Joe Ivy
as Canoe Shop Owner
Ernie Joseph
as Mr. James Sexmun
Jay Wesley Cochran
as Depressed Businessman
Dan Leavitt
as Kindly Driver
Carol Sparer
as Waitress
Judy Findlay
as Old Lady
Carlos López
as Hoodlum #1
Derek Erdman
as Hoodlum #2
Ronald McGill
as Hoodlum #3
Alice Bridgforth
as Parishioner Linda
Laurel Paxton
as Parishioner Gloria
Kevin Seal
as Parishioner Kevin Seal
Frederick Regis
as Restaurant Patron
Lynn Shelton
as Parishioner Judy
Vinny Smith
as Parishioner Teddy
Andy Tribolini
as Parishioner Lowery
Sharon Vanderveer
as Parishioner Pat
Shellee Miggins
as Restaurant Patron
Marie Clare Petrich
as Restaurant Patron
Frederick H. Regis III
as Restaurant Patron
C.J. Rose
as Restaurant Patron
Paul Sanchez
as Restaurant Patron
Rylan Scherer
as Restaurant Patron
Garrett Cantrell
as Rest Stop Family Member
Jessica Hutchinson
as Rest Stop Family Member
Brock Hutchinson
as Rest Stop Family Member
Sadie Cantrell
as Rest Stop Family Member
Barbara Pommer
as Milatros Maria
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Critic Reviews for The Catechism Cataclysm

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8)

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 19, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Weird and well-acted...

Full Review… | October 18, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Catechism Cataclysm

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.

Paul Cardullo
Paul Cardullo

A lot of people evidently hate this movie, and while I can see why, I actually enjoyed it. I don't claim to understand, not even kind of, but it was funny and weird enough to maintain my interest. It's no classic, but worth a look if you're searching for something, er...unusual to watch tonight. Just don't expect it to add up to much.......

Steve Joseph
Steve Joseph

My brain is a gloppy-glue of fuck-sauce after watching The Catechism Cataclysm. Currently searching for the irony, though I'm vastly aware the filmmakers doused it all in such.

Bobby Putka
Bobby Putka

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