JESUS REVOLUTION (2023) – My rating: 8/10

Jesus Revolution is a Christian drama directed by Jon Erwin and Brent McCorkle. Based on the book of the same name, the film follows a youth minister as he takes part in the Jesus movement in California during the late 1960s.

The idea of this movie intrigued me so I’m reviewing it hoping more people will see it. In my opinion, I think the story was very well told plus it is also based on true events.

In 1968, a staid yet respected Southern California pastor, Chuck Smith (Kelsey Grammer), finds that his church is slowly dying. One of the reasons is the ministry’s inability to connect with the younger parishioners in and outside the church. One day, his daughter, Janette (Ally Ioannides), gives a ride to a colorful hippie hitchhiker named Lonnie Frisbee (Jonathan Roumie), who says he is making rounds by traveling and telling people about the Ministry of Jesus Christ. Pastor Chuck, is initially suspicious of Lonnie but eventually warms up to him and welcomes other hippies to his house. Lonnie introduces Chuck to a band called Love Song, who performs a song in his living room. They all join forces and start a successful movement to evangelize hippies and others.

Meanwhile, high-school student Greg Laurie (Joel Courtney) runs away from his Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps class to join Cathe (Anna Grace Barlow), a hippie who “turns him on” to a Janis Joplin concert, with Timothy Leary preaching the value of drugs for self-discovery. After Cathe’s sister gets sick from a drug overdose, Greg and Cathe find solace at Pastor Chuck and Frisbee’s ministry.

This film tells a story of discovery, hope, and is based on an era when hippies were in their heyday. Jesus Revolution certainly provides information most people never knew, giving us a better understanding why so many of our youth turned to the hippie movement, then to Jesus.  We could use a new movement that will bring youth back to Jesus.  This is better than guns, drugs, or crime. There are a few surprises during the movie and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.  In the United States and Canada, Jesus Revolution debuted at $15,882,067 and went on to gross another $33,151,282 domesticly and internationally, for a total of $49,033,349 worldwide. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 62% of 48 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.9/10. The website’s consensus reads, “Jesus Revolution fumbles an opportunity to bring fascinating real-life history vibrantly to life, but deserves credit for avoiding the preachiness common to faith-based films.” Jesus Revolution is currently in theaters — Check It Out!



2 responses to “JESUS REVOLUTION (2023) – My rating: 8/10

  1. I haven’t seen this one – I will keep an eye out for it!

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