What Would Jesus Buy? Reviews
Also, there's a message about valuing the basic meaning of the winter solstice, but who cares about that? In Hollywood, it's all about trash! After all, we pay money to see half-assed sequels and films that rip off even better films. At least the "immoral indies" have messages we can agree on, like this movie and its call for America to step up its manufacturing game and alleviate the burden from third-world countries.
Also, I want to go to one of these Stop Shopping Choir performances.
"What Would Jesus Buy" is a documentary that examines the commercialization of Christmas in America and the negative effects it has on American consumers as well as the sweatshop workers who produce most of these products. Meanwhile, the good reverend and his gospel choir tour the country preaching the gospel of frugality and denounce the worship of products. They of course, get kicked out of or arrested at each place they enter. The reverend has even been banned form ever Starbucks in the country because of his antics. Also in true Spurlock fashion, this film has a comedic twist so that viewers are still entertained while informed.
WWJB isn't really an eye-opening documentary if you've already heard about the sweatshops that make shoes and most of the nation's clothing. And perhaps the saddest part of the film is when the choir read what critics have been saying about them. Some of the consumers interviewed even admitted that they didn't care where their products came from or who suffered making them, as long as they got their products. This doc is both hilarious and depressing but well done and worth the watch.
Another aspect of the film is that it may come off as extremist to some. Near the end, Reverend Billy asks the audience to halve the amount they spend on Christmas. Had he made such a statement towards the beginning of the film, he may have kept a larger audience with him through the film.
without being preachy, reverend billy of the church of stop shopping preaches the true meaning of christmas--love and peace. you don't have to be a christian to appreciate that.
this is one of my favorite holiday movies.