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Lisa B. from SUDBURY, MA
Reviewed on 10/30/2012...
Way better acting than usual in Christian movies. I really liked this movie. It was not the predictable forgiveness or falling astray story. It has aspects of Catholic vs Christian.
Terri B. from ENTERPRISE, OR
Reviewed on 4/4/2011...
A movie to make a person think.
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The Best Catholic Movie You Never Heard Of !
Artist & Author | Near Mt. Baker, WA | 01/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know if the movie, Jesus, Mary and Joey, would make a 'Best Ten Catholic Movies' list, but it certainly is a movie that would be enjoyed and appreciated by Catholics. I'd never heard of it until I saw it and bought it at a video store a couple days ago. My wife and I watched it this evening, and we were simply captivated by it. The movie is classified as a romance and a comedy, a romantic comedy, but it is much, much more than that because it all revolves around the character's relationship with Jesus.
One Sunday, Joey went to Mass as usual. But that Sunday he spotted a beautiful, almost angelic-looking blond for the first time. It turned out that she, Mary, had gone to Catholic school with Joey years before, but had moved and they forgot about each other. They strike up a friendship, but it soon becomes apparent that Mary has a very close relationship with Jesus. She had gotten sick in the intervening time, and her family had come to accept her pending death. But, during a time the family was gathered around her, all hope lost, she received a Divine healing. Having, myself, received such a healing, her description of what actually happened to her was almost identical to what happened to me.
Mary's palpable faith challenges Joey's faith and causes him to seek a closer relationship with Jesus. Although a lifelong Catholic, what he experiences could be described as a 'born again' experience. Like a lot of new converts, his joy is something he can't keep contained within him. His friends sort of make fun of his new 'religiosity,' and even his family can't understand him. Their ongoing, traditional Catholic faith suits them just fine. Joey's mother talks to her parish priest, and he gives a very wise (and Biblically correct) answer to her.
Mary's father, likewise, can't understand her effervescent joy in her faith. Alarmed at the growing romance between Mary and Joey, uncomfortable with having two 'Evangelical Catholics' to contend with, he finds a job for Joey a couple hundred miles away in New York City. With his best friends all trying to get Joey off his 'Jesus' kick, he finally breaks up with Mary and goes to the city. However, the focus only on making money on Wall Street just isn't satisfying to Joey. So, one lunch hour he goes into a financial district Catholic church to pray. I won't tell you exactly what happens, but I am sure that to all good Catholics - and even Protestants - it will prove satisfying.
This movie, while giving the message that each Christian has his or her own purpose in life, and that each Christian's experience of their relationship with Jesus may be a little different, never drops into the 'preaching' mode. Unlike a lot of recent heavily promoted Protestant movies, it does not try to throw everything into one movie. It is a very realistic portrayal of the Christian experience, but done in a lighthearted manner. It is always very respectful of the Catholic, Christian faith. I don't know why this movie isn't in every Catholic or Christian book store DVD section. It should be there."