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Summarized by Kent Larsen

'Gods' paints poor picture of Mormons
Seattle WA Times 29May00 A4
by John Hartl: Seattle Times movie reviewer

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- The Seattle Times' John Hartl isn't too impressed with the popular LDS movie "God's Army" which opened this past weekend in the Seattle area. Hartl gives the film just one and one-half stars, but doesn't go very far in explaining why. But Hartl does give a description of some of the scenes in the movie, claiming that the movie doesn't paint a pretty picture of Mormons.

Hartl focuses on some of the moments when the missionaries in the movie act like teenagers, but also portrays other elements of their lives as not pretty. He says the missionaries "coerce" a reluctant Catholic to accept Mormon concepts and focuses on other places where the missionaries are faced with unresolved doctrinal issues.

But while Hartl focuses on these issues in the film, he never comes out and says exactly what he thinks doesn't work. His biggest hint is at the end of the article, when he notes that the film's writer, producer and director, Richard Dutcher, is "mostly preaching to the converted." He goes on saying, "And when his character insists that no one here is out to convert anyone, he's at his least convincing."


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