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Friends of God-Road Trip With Alexandra Pelosi

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In Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi, intrepid roving reporter/tour guide Pelosi takes viewers on an entertaining road trip into the red-state heartland of America, chronicling the leaders and followers who comprise the booming evangelical Christian movement. Traveling to the states that helped elect and re-elect George Bush, Pelosi meets up with a dizzying array of outspoken and upbeat evangelicals: from TV celebrities like Joel Osteen, Jerry Falwell, and Ted Haggard, to the leaders of groups like the Christian Wrestling Federation and Cruisers for Christ (a car club), to regular folk committed to carrying out the Creationist messages plastered on billboards throughout the Bible Belt.

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Studio HBO
SKU 204939589
UPC 026359442124
UPC 14 00026359442124
Format DVD
Release Date 9/23/2008
Rating NR
Actors
Name Pelosi,Alexandra
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Alexandra Pelosi - Featuring
Alexandra Pelosi - Director
Alexandra Pelosi - Writer
Alexandra Pelosi - Cinematographer
Jerry Falwell - Featuring
Joel Osteen - Featuring
Lisa Heller - Producer
Sheila Nevins - Executive Producer
Ted Haggard - Featuring
Tom Haneke - Editor
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ReviewSource National Review
Review The biggest lesson of the film is that normalcy is in the eye of the beholder. When Pelosi shows thousands of people singing "I am a friend of God," a club of skateboarders "skating for Christ," or even an impassioned sermon, those familiar with evangelicalism see nothing odd. However, your average New Yorker or San Franciscan, or even your suburban neighbor who has never walked through the door of a church, sees something very strange indeed. Turning a hobby, such as skating or cruising cars, into an outlet for proselytizing may come across as artificial, even manipulative. The fervor of emotional worship, multiplied by thousands of worshippers, can leave those without that experience scratching their head...It's significant that Pelosi latches onto the worship song "I am a friend of God," using it for a good deal of the background music as well as the title of the film. This is something that torments secularists and people of other faiths about Evangelicals. In their eyes, evangelicals glibly claim to not only know God's values, will, and direction, but to be His friend. Christians may forget, with constant reinforcement in the echo-chamber of church culture, how audacious that claim that is.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Rebecca Cusey
ReviewRating 8
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DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Pelosi,Alexandra
Label HBO Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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Los Angeles Times A very good film...rich in atmosphere...captures the electric quality of the megachurch...altogether fascinating.
The Washington Post ...powerful filmmaking...a tour through another America...

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