By Janey DeMeo, Special to ASSIST News Service
VISTA, CA (ANS – May 13, 2015) — Crackerjack is farcical and humorous. But depending on what you expect when you hear the term Christian comedy, this movie might seem borderline cheeky.
It all begins when goofy softball player Bill “Crackerjack” Bailey discovers his live-in girlfriend is pregnant—something he is just not ready to handle. Concerned that Crackerjack would follow the footsteps of his own “loser” father who left him when he was young, Crackerjack’s girlfriend seeks Christian counsel.
The story takes place in the south where Christianity and the church culture are woven into everyday life. Thus, we should not be too surprised to see a giant Jesus mascot periodically run onto the church football field raising his arms in the air. Yet, while funny to most people, some people might find a Jesus mascot profane.
The mascot comes into the story when Crackerjack’s, seeking to improve his ways and win back the girl who has now left him, joins a men’s church group softball team. Softball, a stereotype zealous group leader, boyish camaraderie and the Jesus culture, all provide backdrop for hilarious scenarios.
Narrated by Jeff Foxworthy, and with a good comedian cast (Wes Murphy, Bethany Anne Lind…), Crackerjack could be described as a flippant movie about Bill “Crackerjack” Bailey IV meets church. Inasmuch as it is funny, well-done and Christian—sorta—it could be compared to Moms Night Out.
Crackerjack is presented to us in association with “Modest”, and is a film by Brian Coley “Crackerjack,” and was released on March 17. The movie can be found on Amazon, Google, iTunes, Vimeo and VUDU, as well as On Demand with AT&T, Charter, Comcast, DirecTV and Vubiquity.
Find out more about Crackerjack here: http://www.crackerjackthemovie.com
About the writer: Janey DeMeo is founding-president of Orphans First—a Christ-centered non-profit ministry helping underprivileged children around the world. She is an author, freelance writer and Bible teacher—and has worked with husband as a church-planter in France. www.orphansfirst.org
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