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Into Temptation (2008)

Kristin Chenoweth , Jeremy Sisto  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kristin Chenoweth, Jeremy Sisto, Brian Baumgartner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DLB184
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,277 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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John Buerlein (Jeremy Sisto) is the overworked and underpaid pastor at St. Mary Magdalen's Catholic Church. His quiet world turns upside down when a beautiful call girl, Linda (Kristin Chenoweth), confesses that she is going to kill herself on her birthda

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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, thought-provoking, and witty October 27, 2009
This is one of those rare films that creatively blends a serious, potentially depressing topic, with smart dialogue, heart-warming characters, and a sense of humor that draws you into the film. If you like to have everything all tidy and sewn up for you at the end of a movie, then this may not be for you. But if you enjoy a movie that leaves you wanting more and invites you to engage in conversations with your fellow viewers, then you will love this movie. I was also very impressed with how deftly the script, and the acting, managed to create characters that avoided being what could easily have been time-worn stereotypes, and instead made them realistically complex and inspiring.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and compelling character-driven movie October 28, 2009
"Into Temptation" is one of those movies that I will watch again to get the other hidden meanings underlying the story, and this is a complex tale that explores myriad issues. Jeremy Sisto plays a Catholic priest in a poor parish, Father John who hears a disturbing confession from a troubled woman, prostitute Linda (Kristin Chenoweth). Linda relates her sexual abuse at the age of 12 by her stepfather, and other intimate details before proclaiming her intent to kill herself on her birthday. Instead of granting her absolution, John tries to get more details from Linda (who does not identify herself in the confessional, and the only thing John glimpses is her crucifix and the sound of her unique sultry voice) but she leaves suddenly, and John is left feeling tormented and guilty, obsessed with finding her and helping her before its too late.

There are basically two main parallel story lines, as John's harried attempts to find Linda plays alongside Linda's methodical approach to her birthday and its significance. John's search for Linda is tinged with humor as he finds himself exploring some rather dubious areas, such as the red light district and a porn establishment. This predictably lands him in trouble with the Archbishop, and his one ally in the church is another priest, Fr Ralph (Brain Baumgartner) from a more affluent parish. John's relationship with his fellow parishioners are also explored, especially with a jobless African American man who is enlisted in the search efforts for Linda. Both Jeremy Sisto and Kristin Chenoweth bring a measure of depth and credibility to their respective roles and the rest of the cast are also well-played.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot to chew on December 29, 2009
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A superb movie that makes one think (what a novel idea!). Multiple themes weave through the story lines: do we truly understand the underlying power of acts of kindness? Does it matter if we don't know the eventual outcomes? Is it more important to ask for forgiveness, or to give forgiveness? Aren't we all tempted? What does it mean if one succumbs to temptation while others do not? Does that make one a better person or just blessed with better circumstances? What is most important in adhering to an organized religion: following the precise rules of behaviour and belief, or acting out the religion's moral backbone of charity, love and caring; even if that means going out of one's comfort zone and safe personal enviornment?

Jeremy Sisto is fantastic as a priest who may not believe in all of the church's rules but personifies its better aspects of love, sacrifice and charity. Kristin Chenoweth shows a touching serious side and major league acting chops in a role with relatively few spoken lines but an unforgettable presence. Brian Baumgartner is comic relief as a priest in a prosperous suburban church who is "taken care of in the manner in which he is accustomed". Mr. Baumgartner is able to use his comic improv talents which are often supressed in his usual gig on "The Office".

I highly recommend this movie.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
The opening scene for "Into Temptation", a leap back in time for the character played by Kristin Chenoweth, may break your heart. This suspenseful movie introduces us to a variety of inner-city characters, foremost of whom is Father John, priest of a poor parish church that is still serving as their lifelong support for older members of its congregation. However, there is a world of trouble for many inside and outside its doors. Father John finds himself confronting, and ultimately becoming a part of the seedier side of life in his driven and frantic quest to save a life. Your reaction at the end of this film will answer the above question for you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Lamb December 10, 2009
Wow! From the advertising, I hesitantly rented this DVD. I thought this might be a story about a priest who battles with his biological urges. While that might have been interesting, what "Into Temptation" delivers is a powerful portrayal of a priest as a shepherd who searches for the lost lamb. Jeremy Sisto came onto my radar screen with the HBO series "Six Feet Under." As Father John Buerlein, he effortlessly moves into the shoes of a man of faith. This is a powerful performance worthy of Oscar recognition that will probably not be considered because it is a small art film. But Sisto is amazing. One of the most difficult of human experiences for an actor to show is faith. It is such a subtle, subjective and internal experience. The scene near the end where Buerlein sits in chapel with tears streaming down his face puts an emotional face on faith and connects with the audience. The shadings Sisto brings to the role of a nontraditional priest who tries to minister to the person rather than a priest who experiences faith as if he were reading from a rulebook make us feel like this is a real person, one we could know and would like to know. The performance and the subject matter make this a remarkable film. Kristen Chenoweth who has long been a Broadway favorite and recently was on the series "Pushing Daisies" plays Linda Salerno, a prostitute trying to make amends and leave a life in which she sees no value. While I love the bubbly happy musical comedy side of her talent such as on the recent lifetime movie "The Twelve Men of Christmas," this rather sad portrayal may be her best film work. It's gritty and real. Brian Baumgartner turns in an excellent performance as Buerlein's sounding board, Father Ralph O'Brien. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good acting by the cast
Worthwhile to watch. Has moral and spiritual lessons. Good acting by the cast. Good cinematography. I enjoyed it.
Published 3 days ago by MPM
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was very interesting especially since one of the players in the movie is a close friend of mine.
Published 10 days ago by Anthony G Tompkins
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid offering...
...and foray into the life and times of a priest in a Catholic parish and his journey to help someone in dire need. Read more
Published 10 days ago by John H.
2.0 out of 5 stars not great. If you're looking for a happy ending
It was okay, not great. If you're looking for a happy ending, don't bother watching, this movie is reality-based.
Published 13 days ago by Coley
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but no better
Pace of this film is "off". Story line just so-so.
Published 19 days ago by Pat Day Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good acting and great story
Very good acting and great story. I cried when she gave the rosary to the homeless man. I was hoping she would change her mind.
Published 20 days ago by jam
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad result of a molested child
This film is moving but is let down by an unresolved ending. The title is not representative of he film, there is really no temptation. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Ron Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Temptation is not what it seems to be
I enjoyed this story line - it did keep you watching. Don't know how true to life it was, but who cares? The ending is worth the watch.
Published 1 month ago by mwh47
3.0 out of 5 stars This movie was okay, but could have been brilliant
This is a slow movie so if you're not completely focused, it will lose you about 1/4 of the way in. Interesting plot and I would give it 3/12 stars if the rating scale allowed for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Sassy Pen
5.0 out of 5 stars very good acting, very great story line
this movie title gets you to watch...once you start you are hooked. this movie really moves you. very good acting, very great story line. Read more
Published 1 month ago by veronica
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