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Into Temptation
Into Temptation
Actors: Kristin Chenoweth, Jeremy Sisto, Brian Baumgartner
Genres: Drama
R     2009     1hr 35min

JOHN IS THE OVERWORKED & UNDERPAID PASTOR AT A CATHOLIC CHURCH. HIS WORLD IS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN WHEN A CALL GIRL CONFESSES THAT SHE IS GOING TO KILL HERSELF ON HER BIRTHDAY, IN LESS THAN A MONTH. IN SEARCH OF THIS MYSTERIO...  more »

     
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Actors: Kristin Chenoweth, Jeremy Sisto, Brian Baumgartner
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: First Look Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 10/27/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Do You See the World as a Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
SSD | St. Paul, MN USA | 10/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"
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."
Inspiring, thought-provoking, and witty
MC | Minneapolis, MN | 10/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Complex and Pleasing
T. Potts | Newtown, PA | 10/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Insightful and compelling character-driven movie
z hayes | TX | 10/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""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.

I felt this was a sad movie - there is some sporadic humor throughout, but what was heartbreaking to watch was the empty soul that is Linda, a damaged soul who is quite certain she wishes to end it all, and who reflects that she would write a suicide note, but who would read it? The beginning of the movie has a group of children at first communion, and the ending of the movie features the same scene but with elaboration, and I have to say that this last scene in the movie neatly tied up all that the movie was - and it packs one heck of an emotional wallop. This is a compelling movie that explores issues of faith, redemption, and absolution. Highly recommended!"