The new, Christian-themed movie “Do You Believe?” might be titled more accurately, “Do You Remember?”
The film, which was written by “God’s Not Dead” screenwriters Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, features a host of underemployed actors and actresses who audiences might recognize from decades-old movies and TV shows.
Ted McGinley plays the preacher-narrator of the movie – described as “’Crash’ for the Christian cinema” – that asks, “If you ever were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
The movie also features Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin, Delroy Lindo, Brian Bosworth, Lee Majors, and Cybil Shepherd.
In one of the interconnected plotlines, Liam Matthews plays a born-again EMT who proselytizes to a dying man instead of attempting life-saving maneuvers, and he’s sued by the secular humanist widow and her religion-hating attorney.
“You don’t have to be a militant secularist like nasty lawyer Andrea (Andrea Logan White) — who threatens to take Bobby for all he has after he converts a dying atheist — to wonder if Bobby hasn’t crossed the legitimate line between church and state by evangelizing on the Windy City dime,” wrote John Mulderig for Catholic News Service.
Reviews for the film, which was released Friday, have so far been brutal, with one critic describing it as “subtle as a sledgehammer to the toes and only slightly more entertaining.”
Other critics slammed “Do You Believe?” as “a self-aggrandizing sermon that preaches only to the faithful.”
Watch the trailer posted online by Film Festivals and Indie Films: