"I'm very tired of not standing up for what I believe in."
December 5, 2012 3:26 PM   Subscribe

I couldn't actually tell what that dude was fighting for.
posted by uraniumwilly at 3:29 PM on December 5, 2012 [2 favorites]

From the actual description of the trailer:

"Last Ounce of Courage," is an intergenerational story of a grieving father inspired by his grandson to take a stand for faith and freedom against a tide of apathy and vanishing liberty. Against a backdrop of military conflict abroad and domestic wars against freedom, a highly-decorated combat veteran is reminded that we best honor our fallen heroes by not holding too loosely what they gave their all to defend. Alongside fellow citizens of courage, faith and integrity, he champions the cherished principles we the people hold dear.

Starring Marshall Teague ("Roadhouse," "The Rock" and "Armageddon") as small-town mayor Bob Revere, "Last Ounce of Courage" uses the vehicle of a public religious display to ignite a spark and lights

a fire under a community that honors its American values, but has tired of fighting the "American Civil Liberties Organization" (ACLO) over the very rights guaranteed them by the Constitution. Former NFL great Fred Williamson ("Black Caesar") ably plays the villain in the film as the head of the ACLO.

Encouraged by his grandson, played by Hunter Gomez ("National Treasure"), and his wife Dottie, played by Academy Award nominee Jennifer O‟Neill ("Summer of ‟42"), Bob finally takes a stand for his beliefs and revives his townspeople‟s latent patriotism. Leading the younger generation to join in and make a difference is Bob‟s young neighbor, Maddie Rogers, played by Jenna Boyd ("Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"), who comically hijacks the town‟s annual generic school pageant.

The film is being produced by Veritas Entertainment, under the leadership of Kevin McAfee ("Beyond the Gates of Splendor," "The End of the Spear") and Steve Griffin (former CEO at Nest Entertainment and EMI/Chordant), both of whom have a passion for creating and reaching audiences with entertainment products centered around the character values that undergird family, faith and freedom.

So it's basically a movie that sets the ACLU as the villain and people using public funds and land to promote their own sectarian religion as the heroes. Also it looks like a very bad movie in terms of writing and acting, completely separate from its message (which is also bad).
posted by infinitywaltz at 3:36 PM on December 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

It's no wonder conservatives dislike pornography if this is what their version looks like.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 3:38 PM on December 5, 2012 [14 favorites]

I also like that this was posted by anewnadir, for eponysterical reasons.
posted by infinitywaltz at 3:41 PM on December 5, 2012 [4 favorites]

Hey Dad,

It's everything I thought of and more up here in Heaven with the big G-man and J-Crilla. Just know, though (not really sure how to put this so I'm just gonna say it), everyone is laughing at you up here. I mean, they don't just come right out and do it but I know they're laughing. Even Je-Je is coming around being extra nice (what a bro!). I just know you'd want to know. Being so batshit crazy about the Good Book and all!

Love you Pop Pop,

Your Dead Son who Died in Iraq
posted by basicchannel at 3:42 PM on December 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

I couldn't actually tell what that dude was fighting for.

They were being pretty coy about it, but they did mention that he was "bringing religion back", so I'm guessing that what they're doing at the end is raising a banner with the Star and Crescent over city hall. There's extra dramatic tension in the rôle played by Fred Williamson, who is a Black Muslim from Detroit. While he appreciates the advocacy for his minority faith, he feels compelled to uphold the Constitution's separation of Church and State.

I mean, it's gotta be something like that, right? Otherwise this is just trite hackneyed self-righteous god-baiting.
posted by benito.strauss at 4:01 PM on December 5, 2012 [13 favorites]

While he appreciates the advocacy for his minority faith, he feels compelled to uphold the Constitution's separation of Church and State.

And so that previously apathetic, greying father responds to the loss of his son by climbing to the top of that building to proclaim the values of inclusion.

posted by uraniumwilly at 4:12 PM on December 5, 2012 [2 favorites]

ACLU as the villain

Oh, I thought the villain was the boogeyman black guy that has some sort of, "leader" role, trying to talk sense about what exactly the Constitution protects. Maybe in the past he was a Constitutional law professor or something.

It doesn't get much transparent than that.
posted by alex_skazat at 4:16 PM on December 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

My son believed so strongly that non-Christians should be made to see their local government promote Christianity that he went to Iraq and died for it. I can't pretend to understand why that made sense to him, but I'm going to honor his memory by forcing as many non-Christians as I can to look at this big cross.

That, my friends, is freedom.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:17 PM on December 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

If you visit the website, the filmmakers clarify the plot:

Now with the help of children, a group of people all band together to inspire hope, take back the freedoms that are being lost and take a stand for truth. Christmas is under attack, but its even more than the colored lights, it is our freedoms that are being lost.

So I expect a rollicking 90 minutes of Red Dawn meets The Santa Clause with a dash of Ernest Saves Christmas.
posted by prinado at 4:23 PM on December 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

Angry old white dude lectures unwelcome out-of-town black dude about the constitution.

I can't possibly think of what that is a metaphor for, or fantasy of.
posted by Wordshore at 4:33 PM on December 5, 2012 [4 favorites]

In the 60's I was informed by an old redneck that he couldn't understand why I was cultivating on my face what grew wild on my ass.
I don't understand the Christian right supporting the Christian version of Sharia Law as some form of freedom.
posted by shnarg at 4:37 PM on December 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

I like the part where he puts on glasses.

posted by lumpenprole at 4:40 PM on December 5, 2012 [3 favorites]

The rest of the world will win for sure if America denominates its courage in ounces.
posted by srboisvert at 5:08 PM on December 5, 2012

The apparent core message of "guy loses his son to war and does a bunch of crazy stuff to try to fill the empty hole in his heart" is actually tragic. Taping a big ass flag to your bike won't bring your kid back. Erecting the commandments atop the courthouse won't bring him back. Whatever the goals of the Iraq war were and are, they have nothing to do with declaring America to be a christian nation or whatever.

Just a confused man, unable to make any sense of his son's death because there's no sense to be made.
posted by kavasa at 5:14 PM on December 5, 2012 [8 favorites]

Later, in January, the protagonist leads a valiant crusade against Old Country Buffet because they now charge separately for sodas and Icees and other beverages and THAT! WILL! NOT! STAND! in AMERICA!

(whoops! Spoilers for the sequel.)
posted by delfin at 5:26 PM on December 5, 2012

delfin, I believe the title of that sequel is 40 Oz. to Freedom.
posted by Joey Michaels at 6:06 PM on December 5, 2012

I see Bill O'Reilly stars as himself. "Made with the passion of zealots and the skills of an amateur. " unlike most of the ham handed straight to DVD Christian entertainment this opened in 1400 theaters nationwide as the 15th top grossing film of the weekend. Chuck Norris did pre-release publicity. This is preaching to the choir, pablum to reinforce their own world view. Nothing is going to convince me that I lack the qualities to be a patriot. This is where I go watch Billy Jack go berserk. Us lefties have fantasies of our own. We tend not to confuse them with reality.
posted by pdxpogo at 6:28 PM on December 5, 2012

I'm pretty sure he's erecting a Christmas tree, based on a different trailer I saw one time. Honestly, as a Christian who takes Christmas pretty seriously I'm not sure how a basically secular symbol of a religious holiday that has balls all to do with political freedom became a symbol for liberty. Also, there's a short shot of someone holiday up an American flag during a fucking nativity scene that makes me want to do decidedly unChristian things to the makers of this movie. I'm an American and I'm a Christian, but they're different things.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 8:40 PM on December 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

Or if you prefer, you can watch the Man of Faith & Freedom getting his throat ripped out by Patrick Swayze.
posted by scalefree at 8:59 PM on December 5, 2012

Thanks for the alternate trailer, Bulgaroktonos. I'm sure this video riled a number of you up but I found it strangely amusing. Here's to reducing fundamentalist politics to an absurd joke.
posted by anewnadir at 9:04 PM on December 5, 2012

It has 15 rotten tomatoes out of 15, and the only positive review I've seen in a few minutes of googling is from World Net Daily.
posted by jrochest at 11:33 PM on December 5, 2012

ACLU fights for a Christmas tree display on public property.

via ACLU Fights for Christians, a very useful website for confusing/enlightening Christian conservatives who have been misled about what the ACLU actually stands for.

My favorite story from there: ACLU of Virginia Defends Christian Students' Right to Protest Against ACLU at Public School.
posted by skoosh at 12:29 AM on December 6, 2012 [5 favorites]

Up to the "The Mayor's bringing religion back!" bit, I really, honestly thought that the talk of sitting around, watching freedoms disappear was in reference to the US's policy of endless war, constant encroachment on civil liberties, harassment of dissidents and pervasive domestic spying.

I thought it was going to be a movie about a small-town man who decided he wasn't going to sit around anymore, redefined the meaning of "patriotism" and started working for regime change because civil rights should mean something.

Because this? That there isn't enough religion in government? That the ACLU are the bad guys? That's just brazen.
posted by dunkadunc at 9:15 AM on December 6, 2012

Wait... this movie is about a Christmas tree? A fucking CHRISTMAS TREE? Of all the important topics of faith and patriotism they could have spent their movie-making budget on, they MADE A MOVIE ABOUT HOW BOO-HOO WE CHRISTIANS AREN'T ALLOWED TO PUT A CHRISTMAS TREE IN FRONT OF THE OLD TOWN HALL??

I mean, can you get any more self-parodying?
posted by SPUTNIK at 9:44 AM on December 6, 2012

This is such bullshit, considering that the last time the Supreme Court had a Christmas tree display on its docket, in Allegheny v. ACLU^ -- over 20 years ago -- "The 45-foot-high Christmas tree itself was treated by all parties as a secular, not a religious symbol." -- NYT

But they want the tree to stand in -- precisely because it's the popularly accepted secular symbol for Christmas -- for the blatantly religious content of nativity creches, which is something that has been litigated and repeatedly found to violate the separation of church and state, but only in the absence of other secular displays such as the aforementioned Christmas tree. O'Reilly's claims of a "war on Christmas" largely rest on entities -- both private AND public -- which actually do erect Christmas trees, but eschew the word Christmas itself and call them "holiday trees".
posted by dhartung at 1:01 PM on December 6, 2012

"Veritas Entertainment"?

Seems like one step up from "Vanity Project" right next to that film abomination Atlas Shrugged.
posted by dunkadunc at 6:51 PM on December 6, 2012

« Older Simpson gangnam   |   Goldberg: 1 - Newton: 0 Newer »

This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments