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An investigative reporter and atheist (Mike Vogel) sets out to use journalistic and legal methods to disprove the existence of Jesus Christ. Tensions rise as his wife (Erica Christensen) becomes a believer, and after exhausting his methods, the reporter may have to accept her belief. Also with Faye Dunaway, Frankie Faison and Robert Forster. Directed by Jon Gunn. [1:52]
SEX/NUDITY 1 - A husband and his wife kiss briefly twice at home and once in a restaurant. A photo shows a bride and groom kissing.
► A flashback shows a teen boy and teen girl against a tree; she is sitting between his legs with her back against his chest. A few couples dance close at night at a café.
► A line drawing shows the back of a nude man slumped over a short pole (we see back, buttocks, and thighs, with little detail). An oil painting shows the bare back of Jesus with red lines on it to depict narrow slashes. A pregnant woman has a large swollen belly under a clingy long dress.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A young girl buys a large gumball from a machine and chokes in a restaurant; women scream and a nurse turns the girl over her knee and does a pediatric Heimlich, popping out the gumball and the girl is fine. A pregnant woman bends over and groans in her first labor pain; we later hear that her water broke, and then see her holding a baby in a blanket in a hospital room.
► We hear on a radio that a man was beaten severely in a prison and the scene cuts to the man in a hospital bed with a swollen and bruised eye, several small gouges around his face, and an oxygen tube at his nose. A man in a hospital bed has a sling on his arm and later says that he has bone fragments in his spleen.
► A doctor gives medical descriptions of crucifixion that are gory: He states that Roman soldiers were professional killers and that more than one of them lashed and scourged Christ so that he lost a lot of blood; he died of asphyxiation after being nailed with the lungs in the "inhale position" where he had to rise on his nailed feet against the cross, scraping his multiply torn back to exhale.
► A man drives crookedly into his driveway, screeches his tires, and staggers out of his car, presumably drunk; he staggers into the house and has a loud argument with his wife, shouting that he is not good enough for her, saying, "You're cheating on me with Jesus!"; he smashes a plant vase loudly and his young daughter enters, saying, "Daddy! Stop being mean to Mommy!"
► A husband and his wife argue several times; she cries strongly after two arguments, and he threatens to leave her in one scene. A man is rude to a woman and tells her to stay away from his family. A man and his father argue about naming a baby. An older man shouts at a younger man. A man raises his voice to a coworker, who more loudly tells the first man to get to work.
► A man says that he shot his own gun at a building and then tossed the gun in some bushes and that a police officer attacked him and struck him several times as he heard a gun fire. A man says that Romans used to throw crucifixion victims to the dogs. A man says that Saul of Tarsus hunted down Christians and killed them. A man says that 900 people drank poison Kool-Aid and died in Jonestown. A man mentions Charles Manson as having mesmerized his "family" to brainwash them as cult members. A man says that his wife died of cancer. A man receives the message "911" on his pager, drives fast to a hospital and finds that his wife is fine after having had their baby.
► A graveside funeral shows several mourners in front of a coffin with a few men and women tearful. A man sits at his deceased father's desk and cries loudly.
► We see an oil painting of Jesus with a spear in his side and water and blood rushing out around the point. We see an illustrated medical chart of exposed muscles of the body. We see a line drawing of a man slumped over s a short pole in the ground with his back slashed several times; beside him is a drawing of a short whip with three tails (a scourge) and sharpened pieces of bone on the ends of the tails. We see a black and white photo of a shirt with a large spot of blood on the chest.
► A man finds that a fountain pen has an empty shell casing inside and is actually an illegal pen-gun.
► A man brushes his teeth and we see a little foam at one corner of his mouth. A man sleeps on a couch and we see a wet spot where he slobbered, but we see no saliva.
► A man dunks a woman under the surface of a lake in a baptism ritual.
LANGUAGE 2 - 1 mild scatological term, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, lunatic, weird, ridiculous, big cosmic imaginary friend, God nonsense, nonsense, rubbish, murderous zombies ), exclamations (shut-up), 1 religious exclamation (God Bless You).
SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks from a beer bottle at a bar and we see five empty bottles beside him, a man holds a beer bottle and smokes a cigarette at a bar, six empty bottles of beer are shown on a table while a man drinks from another beer bottle, a man opens a beer can in two scenes (he does not drink), a funeral reception features a woman sitting beside a short glass of whiskey and a man holding a small glass of wine, several men and women hold glasses of champagne at a party where children are present (we see no drinking), a man says he was drinking the night a police officer attacked him and was mentally fuzzy from the drink, and a man holds a short drink in his house. Four scenes feature long clouds of smoke rising from an ashtray in an office, and a man puts an unlit cigarette in his mouth in a hallway (he does not light it).
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Historic evidence of Jesus Christ, belief, faith, prayer, atheism, religious intolerance, research methods, bias, truth, crime, consequences, determination, courage, love, relationships, family, patience.
MESSAGE - Researchers offer pieces of evidence for the veracity of the New Testament and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.