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Into Temptation (2008)

Kristin Chenoweth , Jeremy Sisto  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kristin Chenoweth, Jeremy Sisto, Brian Baumgartner
  • Format: 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DLB184
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,748 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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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, thought-provoking, and witty October 27, 2009
By MC
Format:DVD
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and compelling character-driven movie October 28, 2009
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"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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13 of 13 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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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By SSD
Format:DVD
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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and Pleasing October 29, 2009
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Patrick Coyle has hit another home run with this film. The parallel storylines are engrossing incorporating rich, well-developed characters. As I watched the film, I had to remind myself that it was not produced by a large studio, the film is tight, which is often a shortcoming of indie films. A great movie that is both enjoyable and disturbing all at once.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected March 25, 2010
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This movie was not what I expected to be when I picked it up. I'm not sure what I expected, but this wasn't it. This was a fanstastic movie with great characters all the way through. Jeremy Sisto was simply outstanding as Father John and it helped that he had a supporting cast that was just excellent. Kristin Chenowith was also very good in her role as LInda, however Linda was more of a large supporting role than being a co-star. There is no doubt that the ending leaves the viewer with the oppurtunity to discuss the plot with others who have seen it. The film is about redemption. The only question is who is the one being redeemed. It seemed like there was a lot of redemption going on in this movie. There was humor throughout and it was well done, being incorporated into the plot with seeming spontanaity that made it so natural for the situations. Don't expect action or nudity or a lot of blood. Expect a good story with excellent performances by an entire cast. View this movie with an open mind, an open heart and maybe some tissues. Great movie. Easy to recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of story
I wasn't fond of this movie, couldn't decide on 2 or 3 stars and decided to be generous. As a former Catholic, it was strange seeing scenes in the confessional and a priest in a... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Samuel B. Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Treat
Another sleeper I was fortunate enough to stumbled upon in Prime. A gentle, complicated, genuine story of very human characters. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Photography Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the Trailer
Not at all what I expected from the trailer - one of the best stories I've seen on unintended consequences, the human spirit, intention, grace and faith.
Published 24 days ago by easiersaid
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent "under the radar" movie.
This movie is like "Secondhand Lions," a movie that nobody seems to have ever heard of, but everybody likes once they see it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike Callahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting and thought-provoking
I couldn't stop thinking about this movie after it ended. It is so rare to find a character who is a genuinely and thoroughly compassionate, yet very "real" and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan Talanda
3.0 out of 5 stars good movie
this was a good movie, had a plot. Definitely a christian church sinner movie. Unforturnately a little slow paced for me
Published 1 month ago by wendy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie and Chenoweth will get to you in this one!
Sisto does a great job but Chenoweth will get to you in this movie...I knew of her before this but looked into her background after. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Rehart
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure of a movie.
It's one of those movies that stays with you for a long time. Loved the characters and the plot. So glad I was able to find it.
Published 3 months ago by Larry
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing but fell short
I was intrigued by the film from the start. Having a priest taken with a confessant was quite human and possible. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Arm4and
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and thought provoking.
Wonderful movie. caring and compassionate. Nice to see Hollywood portray a Catholic priest in such a good light. Holds your interest.
Published 4 months ago by mrs12345
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