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Salvation Boulevard

3.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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A former Deadhead-turned-born-again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.

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  • Actors: Ed Harris, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jan Radcliff, Mary Lynch, Mike Eshaq
  • Directors: George Ratliff
  • Producers: Cathy Schulman, Peter Fruchtman, Celine Rattray
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005J4TLQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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"I am the anointed servant of God and I tell you to be silent!" Deadhead turned born-again-Christian Carl (Kinnear) is friends with the pastor of his local mega-church Dan Day (Brosnan) and is invited to accompany him to scientist Dr. Paul Blaylock's (Harris) house for a discussion. When a terrible accident happens Carl finds himself fingered in the incident and does everything he can to prove he is innocent. Things aren't always easy though. Having never seen a preview for this I was excited for this based off the cast alone. While I will say this is a good movie and a very dark comedy I was a little disappointed. The main flaw this had was that the movie had a good idea but had only ten minutes of it. There was a lot of repeating going on and a few scenes that seemed like they were only put in to increase the running time. I have to say that Brosnan and Kinnear played very similar parts to the ones they played in "The Matador" (which is a better movie) but it seems to fit them. It may sound like I'm bashing this movie. I don't mean to if that's how it comes off. I did enjoy it and laughed a few times but based off the cast I was a little disappointed (but after movies like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Son Of No One" I need to stop thinking just because the cast is great means the movie will be great.) Overall, a decent dark comedy that is worth watching but tone down your expectations. I give it a B-.
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Watching Salvation Boulevard, I realized that satire was never going to be the funniest form of comedy. Ever since Swift penned A Modest Proposal, whatever laughs there are in these dark artistic works have been nervous and mixed with horror and revulsion.

So it is with "Salvation Boulevard," not the darkest comedy I've ever seen, but plenty dark, disturbing, and sometimes violent. But in the service of deflating piety, hypocrisy, and egomania, the atmosphere feels entirely appropriate.

The movie starts with a debate between Pastor Dan Day (Pierce Brosnan) and atheist Peter Blaylock (Ed Harris). Having watched similar debates between various clerics and religious apologists and the likes Richard Dawkins and the late, great Christopher Hitchens, the script and direction gets the tone mostly right and mines the hubris and false confidence (of both parties) for laughs. The scene also serves to introduce us to most of the key characters, including Carl Vanderveer (Greg Kinnear), a former Deadhead who has had a radical conversion to an evangelical form of Christianity and married a seemingly holy woman, who has a saner-than-she-should be teen daughter.

Not nearly as broad as "Saved!"--a satire in a similar vein--"Boulevard" deals with Pastor Dan accidentally shooting atheist Blaylock (which rather than killing him, puts him in a coma) and trying to pin the shooting on Carl. Because all of this happens within the opening minutes of the movie, no spoiler alert was called for, but from that point on the surprises begin to stack up and to say more would be to rob the reader of those moments of shock and humor.
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4.5 stars

I found this unexpectedly hilarious, but should have known Gaffigan wouldn't pick a dog; he's quietly funny here and no doubt headed for a hot pocket acting career. Brosnan is perfect, as are Harris and Connelly and pretty much everyone, and Kinnear brings it all together with a typically crisp nice-guy-done-wrong performance, playing straight man so everyone else can get the laughs.

And there are plenty, due to a tight script that moves along briskly while dropping all sorts of uncomfortable truth bombs along the way. But what really sells this flick is the excellent cinematography. There are many scenes with unique and unexpected lighting, often keeping one side of a face in darkness, which works symbolically and graphically, giving the film a somewhat noir feel at times in contrast to the many brightly lit outdoor shots.

This sort of duality is constant, and director Ratliff clearly knew precisely what he was going for, and got it. He assembled a wonderful cast and coaxed sharp performances from everybody---and how did he get Hinds, a truly great classical actor? The guy can sure be funny too, and I'd love to see more of him in these bit parts. His face has so much character. Ditto the unfairly forgotten Tomei, who needs to be in plenty more movies; she brings such a good feel to her roles, likable in the nicest way, like Kinnear. He can go from near-slapstick to real feeling in a blink, and that helps Salvation Boulevard work as well as it does.

Ratliff really nailed this one, with so many details spot on. He even picked a couple of exceptional and apropos GD live jams for the soundtrack, instead of the usual studio fare. And the comparison of the holy life vs the Jerry life has some moments of real hilarity to boot; I smell a tourhead in here somewhere.

All in all, one of the best cinematic surprises I've had in many a moon, and bound to be a cult classic as the years truck on by.
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This movie has some of my favorite actors in it, so even though it bombed at the theaters, I figured I would give it a whirl. I was pleasantly surprised... it had great acting, a compelling story, with surprising twists. I figued if I didn't like it I would donate it to the local library, but it's a keeper.
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