The Road to Edmond

4.52 h 5 min201918+
Imagine a youth pastor whose support for a gay teen puts his job in jeopardy. After the church puts him in a two-week Jesus timeout, he hits the road, and all kinds of craziness ensues causing him to question faith, sexuality, and Jesus.
David Trotter
Tripp FullerNathanael WelchKat Houser
English [CC]
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George MacarySarah ReeveCrystal ChandlerPatrick Daskol
Louis C. BakerJohn WeeksDavid Trotter
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K. FosterReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Yay! Christian film with the right stuff!
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This film is different and refreshingly so. On the market today, there are too many sappy, one sided, closed minded Christian videos. This one is NOT like that. The message God is sending humanity is one of love. Jesus came to show us how to love. There are "brands" of Christians that won't like this at all due to their literal, non-science views. I liked this movie. It kept my interest, was funny and warm. Has lots of parts not for kids though, language, sexual content, alcohol and smoke, but all those things considered it was very realistic if unconventional. For a change.
28 people found this helpful
Jefferis PetersonReviewed in the United States on February 1, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Compassion without Holiness is Lawlessness
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The Good: It is a well-done movie with an interesting storyline about legalism and rejection by church people. The acting is mostly good. There a few funny parts. And it shows the destructive character of law without grace and compassion for those in sin.
The Bad: The movie makes the same mistake that mainline churches do in their attempt to love without conditions while ignoring what the Bible actually teaches about holiness. In that sense, they pretend to be "more compassionate" than God. Indeed, the main character proves this point by ripping out a page of the bible he doesn’t like and rolling a joint with it. Of course, this has to do with scriptures towards homosexuality. The main character performs a lesbian wedding in a church and has a good sermon about love, but rejects what the Scriptures says is sin.
Now there is no question that we are to love everyone, but we are not supposed to endorse everything. Sin, according to the scriptures, is to miss God's mark: his intended plan and purpose for your life. It is wrong because it hurts you. Jesus said, "God made them male and female; what God has joined together, let no one break apart."
His intent for man and woman is marriage. In their difference, the man and woman represent the image of God as partners in communion. Anything other than that is a distortion of God's image in humanity and of his intended purpose for creation.
To be a Christian means to be a disciple of Jesus, and to be a disciple of Jesus means you have to follow his teachings, not set up your own rules like Adam did in the Garden of Eden.
My point is this: the movie pretends to be a breaking-of-the-bounds redefinition of God's love as all accepting of all behaviors, but in truth, it endorses lawlessness in the place of the grace that leads to holiness. Contemporary culture aside, the Bible is either the ultimate guide for "matters of faith and practice," or it is no guide at all. Rewriting the scriptures to suit one's own opinion or desires is just another instance of man trying to replace God because he, the man, thinks he knows better than the Creator.

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23 people found this helpful
Jill GriffithReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Go on a road trip and enjoy 2 hours with these guys you’ll wish were your friends
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A heartfelt funny movie. It’s a fun way to come along with these guys and the characters they meet along the way. You start off with a premise but it turns into a lot more. The movie pushes you to think, definitely will get you laughing and allows you to explore your feelings and thoughts about topics like sexuality. It’s got some typical movie humor but goes deeper.
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M and LReviewed in the United States on February 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A movie for reflective people of faith, and people in want of an embrace
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The Road to Edmond uses a journey through the wilderness in a youth pastor to explore Christian culture's current journey through the wilderness of how to deal with matters of difference - principally in relation to sexual orientation, though there are motifs that apply to any minority group who has ever been "otherized" by dominant culture. The pivotal moment, in my mind, was an exposition of three Jesus' parables that all end in the celebration when the lost element had been found and included. Positing that those who have been marginalized by dominant culture are represented by a lost sheep in Jesus' parable, the movie asks - can the other 99 sheep celebrate when the 1 who is different is included? Some reviews indicate that people who experience themselves as included in the dominant culture may not be able to celebrate at the inclusion of the marginalized, while others celebrate this inclusion. This is a low-budget film that packs an out-sized punch. Kudos to all involved in its production.
13 people found this helpful
Sarah Maria MartinReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A reflection on how to show Christian love
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A sweet story of a couple guys just trying to live life well, and live out an honest Christian faith outside the mold of conservative North American evangelical culture.
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Jennifer LynchReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Worth the watch if you like to think.
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Tripp Fuller said to leave a five star review and he would pay for me to rent the film. I'm considering buying it now. I can't say I totally agree (or totally disagree) with the opinions this film seems to promote, but I definitely think they are worth seriously considering, especially as a Christian.
The acting was okay, the plot was pretty good for the genre, the dialogue was excellent. I allowed myself to be involved in the narrative enough to care for the characters.
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Douglas Russell BlackReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful and thought provoking
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The male leads with excellent acting and a great script, do a wonderful job of portraying two men of very different personalities. Their interaction with the gradual development of friendship and respect is fascinating. The beautiful musical score with it's frequent keyboard solos is an excellent compliment to the flow of emotions and circumstances in the film. The film is philosophical and deals with the hypocrisy integral to a literal inflexible interpretation of the bible. The precipitating issue is a youth minister's effort to deal with the Church's rejection of the sexual orientation of one of the students by providing her with loving support. Themes expand to exploration of the church's perception of God, his love, his dealing with sin and biblical definitions of unacceptable behavior. One of the characters has a delightful surprise for the other late in the film and it also delights the viewer. Lots of humor especially in the early parts of the film. Fun and interesting for open minded people.
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ThierryReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
What a Heartfelt Independent film
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I kept going back and forth between three and four stars. The film is pretty amateurish, and I did get tired of all the prognosticating that the chubby star in the film kept at. But, when all is done, I thought it turned out to be quite a good little independent film.

It really did seem that the two lead protagonists were having conversations that real folks might have. That the young youth minister was wrestling with his faith, and trying to shore up what he was told was standard church policy (that of condemning same sex attraction). and what he experienced with an actual person dealing with this difficult issue, really fared well as a theme for a movie.

There were some very interesting surprises in the film that I really enjoyed ,and was impressed with the character study of both of the protagonists, and how thoughtful both of them were in rooting so much of the nonsense that so many of the evangelical churches espouse. Interesting in that what college teaches people is how to learn to think for themselves, and the evangelicals attempt to get people to dismiss thinking altogether and expose their own misguided rot.

If we really tackle an important subject, most of us have some difficulty in doing what we consider to be the right thing. This film goes to prove that if ordinary people take it on with sincerity and honesty, good things can be the result.
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