While there's some undeniable risk in the film's failure to capitalize on its high-concept premise, there's also just enough warm sweetness and offbeat sincerity to compensate. Merkley and Beers have a wonderful chemistry and the supporting cast counterbalances quirkiness with flashes of earnest humanity.
Given that this is essentially a Mormon-made picture distributed through a company that specializes in independent Mormon comedies, it's not surprising that its point of view is predominantly Mormon and not Baptist. At the same time, it's scrupulously fair in affectionately ribbing both faiths for their particular cultural peculiarities. Indeed, having already captured several top prizes on the festival circuit, the film has clearly struck a nerve with neutral audiences as well as the more self-effacing of its subject sects -- by no means a small accomplishment when dealing with a subject as sensitive as interfaith friction. Starring Dan Merkley, Heather Beers, Duane Stephens, Mike Christian and Micaela Nelligan. Directed by Christian Vuissa. Written by F. Matthew Smith. Produced by F. Matthew Smith, Farrell M. Smith, Robert Farrell Smith and Christian Vuissa. A Halestone release. Comedy. Rated PG for some thematic elements and mild violence. Running time: 92 min