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Salvation Boulevard (2011)

Greg Kinnear , Pierce Brosnan , George Ratliff  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris
  • Directors: George Ratliff
  • Writers: George Ratliff, Douglas Stone, Larry Beinhart
  • Producers: Andy Sawyer, Ben Ringle, Bob Weissman, Cathy Schulman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • 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 (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005J4TLQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,244 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Salvation Boulevard" on IMDb

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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"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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1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh September 20, 2014
By Tom
Format:DVD
Salvation Boulevard (2011) was directed by George Ratliff and "stars" Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, and Jennifer Connelly.

Carl Vandermeer (Kinnear) is an ex-Deadhead who stumbled upon an Evangelical megachurch and supposedly found Jesus. Carl is married to church member, Gwen (Connelly), who is a bit infatuated with the megalomaniac pastor, Dan Day (Brosnan). Day accidentally shoots his atheist debate opponent and tries to pin the blame on Carl. Following several twists and turns, Day is arrested and sent to prison while Carl divorces Gwen, quits the faith, and goes back to being a Deadhead.

Most Evangelicals would probably take offense to this film. Christians are depicted as brainwashed idiots manipulated by their shyster pastors. Unfortunately, there've been more than a few unscrupulous Evangelical pastors caught in public scandals the past few decades, no debate about that. While I'm an Evangelical Christian I think I can take a little ribbing from mocking unbelievers. "Above all you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires" - 2 Peter 3:3. But the thing about this movie is it's unredeemabley bad. The script, the acting (especially Brosnan), just B. A. D. I have to order a new remote from the manufacturer of my DVD player because I wore out the "Details" button by checking every five minutes to see how much time was left on this clunker. WARNING: The 90 minutes of your life that you waste on this film can never be regained. If you spend those 90 minutes reading the Gospel of John and come to understand that Jesus Christ died for you and that your sins will be wiped away if you accept Him as your Savior, well, that would be a much better investment. How does it all work out in the long run? "(God) mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed" - Proverbs 3:34.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satirical broad strokes get at something important. September 20, 2012
Format:DVD
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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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny; Kinnear nails it September 22, 2012
Format:DVD
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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2.0 out of 5 stars I am not sure If I like this movie
although I am a'ways Pierce Brosnan's fab, I am not sure If I like this movie.
Published 3 hours ago by Mai Truong
5.0 out of 5 stars Very dark, VERY funny, very pleasant surprise!
Anyone put off by the title can relax, this movie is not a diabolical assault on Christianity. It's not even about religion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tom Fulery
3.0 out of 5 stars Kimnear & Brosnsn are a dream team!
Kinnear & Brosnan are an absolute dream team & work amazing together. With this unexpected plot they still manage to fine humor.
Published 4 months ago by A. Hurrell Fuller
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for it at all
We just couldn't get into this one. We kept watching for a while, but finally gave up and turned it off. It just didn't match up to the hype in the movie trailer.
Published 5 months ago by Gary C. Muse
5.0 out of 5 stars The comedy is irreverent and right on the money
We had so much fun watching this movie. I love seeing Jim Gaffigan. The comedy does have a dark side in that it's truly scary how religion can make people rationalize murder and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Pierce Brosnan
He can play such an awful wretch- great actor in whatever he does! Pierce gets better looking as he ages!
Published 7 months ago by MEK in AZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Pierce Brosnan is a great actor
Love this movie and most all of brosnan's movies, if you too are a fan of his you need this one in your collection.
Published 8 months ago by JT
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Flew under the radar but it is going to be a cult favorite. With actors like Pierce Broslin, Ed Harris and Marisa Tomei how can you go wrong.
Published 11 months ago by wlo
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie.
I thought this movie was very good and very true to real life. The beginning was a bit slow, I admit, but then you begin to see what religion can do to people. Read more
Published 11 months ago by FUFUPAME
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible effort all around
The premise in the trailers seemed very engaging with potential for great humor. I found the script to be trite and the actors didn't seem to believe the lines they were... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gregory A. Weisler
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