Plot: Michael (Stephen Baldwin) always supported his wife even he didn’t have the same level of faith, like when she wanted to start a bible club for local students. The idea met with severe opposition, but she was determined to make it happen. On the ride home from a board meeting, Michael and his wife were involved in a car accident and in her final moments, his wife simply wanted to pray with him. But he wasn’t strong in his faith and before he could react, she was gone. Months later he returns to work at the school, inspired to continue his wife’s work and start the bible club she always wanted. As before, the idea is disliked by numerous parents who want religion out of schools and are aggressive in that belief. The law sides with Michael however, so he begins the club and the first meeting goes well, though only a few students show up. The ill will toward the club continues however, as well as petty jealousy from some students toward Michael’s daughter. As tensions rise and some people decide to escalate the conflict, will Michael persevere and keep the club alive?
Entertainment Value: This is of course a movie defending religion and like all good Christploitation, it hammers home the beliefs with a vengeance. The story follows a widowed man who finds comfort in religion after his wife’s death, but is met with intense vitriol when he wants to honor her memory with a bible club. The movie doesn’t present Michael as a perfect man by any means, but it does make his opposition seem like scumbags in most situations. Lorenzo Lamas plays a student’s father and he is just over the top ruthless in his efforts to shut down the club, like a Bond villain who hates Jesus and will scorch the earth in the process. You can either object to these extreme portrayals or have fun with them, so that’s up to your personal preference. I loved the mean spirited exchanges and especially from Lamas, who wears one of the most hilarious fake beards you’ll ever witness. This is melodrama and it makes no effort to hide which side it takes in the movie’s debate, but you should expect that since this is Christsploitation. The cast is fine with Baldwin, Lamas, Corbin Bernsen, and Rebecca Albaugh on deck, but they’re given such broad characters, they just kind of chew up scenes. But that’s part of the fun, I think. If you like over the top, heavy handed religious pictures, God’s Club is a mostly fun watch.
No nakedness. A little blood in the car accident scene, but there are some other tense moments. There’s a quick fist fight and an arson attempt, so prepare your delicate senses for those. The dialogue in this one is likely to either make you cheer if you agree, roll your eyes if you disagree, or laugh your ass if you’re here for Christsploitation, so I was pleased in that aspect. The movie makes no bones about its perspective, which leads to outlandishly one sided exchanges. A principal is dead set against Michael’s club one minute, then literally the next scene she has accepted Christ and wants to help him however she can. Anyone opposed to the club is shown as an asshole and of course, they learned the error of their ways by the end. A ton of inspirational, religious lines that make this a shining example of Christsploitation. On the crazy side, it deserves one point for how harshly it treats the club’s critics, but otherwise, this one is pretty standard for the genre. I do think director Jared Cohn’s numerous cameos were great fun and a little wacky, however.
Overall Insanity: 1/10