Story: After a group of homeschool parents are asked to follow some basic educational protocols, they have an emotional meltdown and decide that the rules shouldn’t apply to them. This leads to Reverend Dave Hill (David A.R. White) arriving on a white horse to save the day, as he plans to take on the entire educational system in the name of Jesus. When the courts rule that basic accountability should be in place, Hill really gets mad and organizes a trip to Washington, where he wants to convince politicians that education should be random and without oversight of any kind. But he is met with resistance from those in charge and with pending fines for non compliance, can Hill somehow use the bible and his grifting skills to evade accountability once again?
Entertainment Value: While the God’s Not Dead series is filled with over the top, persecution complex narratives, We the People takes that to the next level. As wild as this movie is, it is actually a toned down version of what many evangelicals were touting at the time of the film’s release, with popular theories like a vaccine filled with demonic DNA or John F. Kennedy, Jr. rising from the grave, so this could have been much more insane. Instead, the narrative paints homeschool parents as saints who shouldn’t have to report their curriculums or comply with even basic education guidelines. In essence, this movie claims the entire school system was designed to oppress evangelicals, but a few prayers and a speech can bring down all those evil teachers and educators. This sounds over the top and it is, but such is the state of the faith in the United States and overall, while toned down, this is a fairly accurate look at the entitled outlook of the modern evangelical church. I found the movie to be hilarious and ridiculous, so as a “so bad, its fun” b movie, We the People offers some entertainment, but it is also kind of scary, knowing these ideologies exist in the real world.
As with the previous installments of God’s Not Dead, this one rounds up some conservative celebrities to bring this tale to life. While no one will likely ever surpass Kevin Sorbo’s outlandish performance in the original, David A.R. White is back and he tries, channeling all the fictional persecution he can to dial up a humorous effort. White has been a staple for the franchise and he has “Joe Exotic as an evangelical” vibes that add unintentional laughs to We the People, though the dialogue he is given doesn’t offer much chance for him to shine. This reads like Ralphie in A Christmas Story, fantasizing that he is being punished at every turn and that one day, everyone would be sorry and come around to his view of how the world would should be. William Forsythe hams it up as an “evil” Democrat who wants to see some kind of accountability in education, which of course, the movie is firmly against. The cast also includes Isaiah Washington, Antonio Sabato, Jr., and of course, Jeanine Pirro.
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