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BAPTISTS AT OUR BARBECUE (2004)

Dan Merkley , Heather Beers  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dan Merkley, Heather Beers
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Halestone
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00091S6RY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,931 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

From Robert Farrell Smith's best-selling novel comes a hilarious romantic comedy about a town where everyobody's nuts...about religion! Tartan (Dan Merkley) is 29, single and Mormon. Tired of being set up by his marriage-conscious mother, Tartan takes a job as a forest ranger in Longfellow, a sleepy town where half the population is LDS, the other half is Baptists, and nobody can get along! Tartan's not the only recent transplant: the beautiful (and single) Charity (Heather Beers) arrives in Longfellow to spend some time away from her ex-fiancee. Together Tartan and Charity devise a plan to unite the town by having an All-Faiths Barbecue! Sweet and charming, funny and touching, Baptists At Our Barbecue reminds us that life is a barbecue to which God has invited everyone. Whom we sit by or pass the salt to is up to us.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SILLY, MAYBE. ENTERTAINING? YES April 22, 2005
BAPTISTS AT OUR BARBECUE is an amusing film with many qualities that make it enjoyable. It tells the story of a young man named Tartan who moves from Utah to a small town called Longfellow, nicknamed Longwinded to escape the pressure from his mother to get married. In his new community he discovers that all of the townspeople are either Mormon or Baptist and the two religious groups despise one another. The town is filled with eccentrics and Tartan has to learn to navigate his way. He and a young woman named Charity and the Mormon elder realize that the feud between the two groups is ridiculous and they devise a plan to have an "All Faiths Barbeque" to bring the two together. The plan works. Tartan and Charity fall in love, and the movie has a predictable ending.

It would be easy to take a cynical approach and pan the film, but as I watched it, I found myself laughing and found much of it silly, but funny. Remember silly but funny works. The HERBY THE LOVEBUG series, WHAT'S UP DOC, and IT'S A MAD MAD WORLD were all blockbusters. While the film is Mormon based, any religious groups could be substituted for Mormon or Baptist which gives ita universal quality. Then as I thought about it, I realized that the film had strengths many films that poke fun at religious situations lack. The film pokes fun at the people's idiosyncrasies but never makes fun of faith so it does not offend. The people are flawed, but their flaws make them human, not hypocrites. Perhaps the reason it is so enjoyable is that we see ourselves and others we know in this film.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a Mormon flick June 18, 2005
While marketed and generally reviewed as a Mormon movie, or at best a Christian film, "Baptists at Our Barbecue" can stand on its own as a well-told tale of small-town life. In the same vein as "Northern Exposure" (including a great, eclectic soundtrack, btw) or Tom Bodett's tales, "Baptists" does revolve around religion - but in the same way "Northern Exposure" revolved around Joel Fleishman being a New Yorker stuck in Alaska. One need not be Mormon nor Baptist (lapsed Catholic here) to enjoy this film's excellent character development, large cast of lovable eccentrics, or strong story telling.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Mormon movie to date. June 5, 2005
By Dave
Okay, it's probably not something you would take your family of 4 (7 if you're Mormon) to the theater and pay $8 each to see.

But it's much better than "Home Teachers," and infinitely better than "Singles Ward."

I'd probably rank it slightly ahead of Best 2 Years, but this is entirely a Romance/Comedy.

I don't think you have to be Mormon to like this movie.

There are no A- or B-list actors in it, but the writing and directing is good, better than most previous Mormon movies.

As to another reviewer's implication that this movie makes Baptists out to be "the bad guys", just know that the Mormons in the movie get lampooned as much as anyone else. I'm sure there are just as many uptight LDS who cringed at the negative Mormon stereotypes in the movie, as Baptists who cringed at the Baptist stereotypes.

But just like in the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", there are stereotypes in all religions and cultures. Part of everyone getting along is laughing at ourselves.

It's just a movie. And a funny one, to boot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a laugh April 14, 2008
By D. Dana
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I saw this in the theatre with a friend. We couldn't believe they would make a movie about this, but it turned out to be pretty funny and we laughed ourselves silly. There's a lot of human nature mixed with a goodly amount of cornball, so pay attention. If you want a funny movie that doesn't abuse the senses too much, or make you feel stupider for watching it, this is it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, Quirky Fun June 24, 2006
I bought this DVD on a whim at Hollywood Video and it was just a lot of fun to watch.

Yes, it's clearly a low-budget little movie but I very much liked the actors and thought the did a great job. It's a quirky movie with odd characters, most of whom are over-the-top, so don't expect subtlety. Other reviewers have criticized Heather Beers' performance as flat in the co-starring role. Maybe a little, but she is beautiful and pleasant and I'll be looking for her other movies, though I don't think there are many.

As for insider Mormon jokes, I felt like I got most if not all of the humor and I am not LDS. And I did find the movie to be funny in a gentle way. I don't know that I laughed out loud but it was enjoyable and, again, quirky without being strange or stupid. I like off-beat movies and I found this one to be easier to watch than, say, Big Fish or O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Finally, I really enjoyed the soundtrack. Much of the music just put a smile on my face.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dan Merkley Dan Merkley Dan Merkley July 4, 2011
The glue that held this together and kept it going is the lead Dan Merkley, who apparently has had no other significant movie role. He's warm and compelling and just a joy to look at. The movie itself is a fun 90 minutes, lots of physical humor, lots of situational humor, and a plot that is not fully predictable. Cute minute after the credits, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Laugh Riot!!! April 28, 2011
This Movie is AWESOME!!! It is soo flippin funny!!! There are tons of LDS themed jokes, but there are things non-LDS members would get too! It makes fun of everyone and everything, but all in a good natured way! It is roll on the floor funny! I LOVE the story, sense of community, and energy of this movie. You will love it if you have any snes of humor at all! I saw it in theatres 3 times! Then bought it as soon as it came out! ha ha!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Baptists & Mormons at a BBQ,, so funny.
Really great, LDS comedy movie.
Published 4 days ago by Robin, Milo & FOP
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I had a lot of hopes for this movie. I was hoping I could share it with some Baptist friends, but it was only mildly funny at best. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RozaFlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up.
Great movie for the whole family. It really brings out the silly qwirks of the Mormon culture. My kids really enjoyed it.
Published 5 months ago by Richard Winegar
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quotable Kind of Movie
This is certainly not the kind of movie that will generate stimulating intellectual discourse around the dinner table. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert M. Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Hilarious comedy and very enjoyable. Makes a great movie night weather for a group or just at home. Good show.
Published 11 months ago by Gerald D Shmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars LOve
I love Robert F. Smith, I have known him since before he wrote this book, he not only is an awesome author but a great friend as well.
Published 12 months ago by kcastle530
5.0 out of 5 stars A really likeable movie!
I enjoyed this movie so much. It's good clean fun and kind of silly at times, but I enjoyed it. Oh, and I am NOT a Mormon and I still really enjoyed it.
Is it great acting? Read more
Published 13 months ago by Anne Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this video
This hilarious film pokes fun at many of "our" LDS quirks, as well as human nature in general. We have watched it repeatedly and are always laughing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by rickr55
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple but Fun
If you are looking for a quirky, clean Sunday afternoon movie, this one fills the bill. Very simplistic in today's array of sex, violence and four letter words. Great family fun.
Published 15 months ago by C. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny!
OK, it'sa Mormon flick but it is very funny, has a good romance part, good okey humor and your kids can watch it without being offended. We like it a lot!
Published 15 months ago by jrgile
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