I read some comments that thought this film might offend Christians. Nonsense. I think you just might have to be a Christian to appreciate the humor in this film. Steve did his homework in making this film which explores the seedy world of traveling charlatans masquerading as evangelists. It is a more serious film than some of Martin's other efforts, but I found it very funny as I have attended many Church services that were near identical to the ones portrayed in the film. If you have stayed away from this film because you are a Christian, I say give it a look. I don't think it will <more>
offend you that much and you will enjoy the outcome.
Steve Martin is a great comedian. Always has been, always will be. Even after the Out-of-Towners. But very comedian at one point or another gets that itch. The one that can make or break a comedians career. The drama itch.On the surface, this looks like a silly satire of traveling evangelist. But if you look deeper, you will see Steve Martin giving what is perhaps the most powerful performance of his career. Fresh from movies like HouseSitter, Father of the Bride, and L.A. Story one of my personal favourites , Steve Martin plays a con man who's current con is working as a traveling <more>
evangelist. Despite being a movie about a con man, however, Steve Martin does something that not many people thought he could do at the time: he showed he could actually act! And in a movie that had a message, nonetheless. Yes, the man who once played the banjo with an arrow through his head delivers a message.Yes, this movie has it's flaws - meandering on insignificant side stories while under developing others, leaving some stories unresolved - but most of these are story flaws. Faith movies or at least good ones have never been about stories, but about the emotions and the messages that they convey, and this movie conveys two very important messages. 1 Sometimes, all you need is faith. 2 Steve Martin can act his goofy ass off!If you wanna see a movie with a great story and great jokes, rent L.A. Story or Parenthood. If you wanna see a movie with a great message that even an agnostic would find uplifting see previous reviews then watch Leap of Faith.
made me feel something, and i am an agnostic. (by rockpanrecords)
very well done, and very well cast. really has a terriffic ending. i had not seen debra winger in a movie since the awful character she was stuck with in "an officer and a gentlemen". she is the shining light in this film, plays her part so well, in fact ALL the actors do. steve martin is superb.
On my top five (by smallausi)
I can't believe how many people have missed the point of this movie. This is one of those movies that you can't just turn your brain off and watch. Every scene from beginning to end is intended to make you question your own faith in God. It is filled with symbolism and should be taken at a deeper level than just a movie about a con man who uses a ruse of holiness to con people out of their money. This is about God reaching down and healing a spiritually broken man. Steve Martin gives possibly his best performance ever as Jonas Nightengale; a man who's life has been less than <more>
virtuous. The supporting characters are all excellent, and the music is amazing. But what really makes this movie are the last fifteen minuets. No movie has ever had such a powerful and uplifting ending. This movie has cemented a spot on my top five list and I strongly recommend that you see it.
I think this is an excellent movie. Steve Martin does an incredible dramatic performance. The music is great, the plot is excellent. This is one of the most underrated movies of all time. It is also the most highly underrated performance by Steve Martin. I recommend buying this on video because you will want to watch it over and over. It's about time a movie is made which honors the miracles that God places in our lives every day.
A good expose of how crooked religion can be. (by derekprice1974)
This movie is really good on several levels. First of all, Steve Martin does an excellent job as a "flashy preacher man" by night, but conniving money hoarder by day. Debra Winger does a good job, and we're introduced to a young Liam Neeson and Philip Seymour Hoffman. However, what this movie also does is show how "sideshow tent revivals" pray on people by using their beliefs to mask their true intents. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who feels that religion and religious people are not what they seem to be!
Lovable, sweet and intelligently witty. (by Elswet)
I love almost everything Steve Martin has done. There are a few exceptions, but most everything he has done has captured some part of my heart. "Leap of Faith" is another shining example of that quality.As a con artist/traveling evangelist who is in it for the money, Martin exposes what that business is all about. The mindset of the characters, the motivations behind the "business" of religion. He sets it out on the table and calls it what it is. A con.As an evangelist with all the right moves, and all the right words, he can make almost anyone believe. Almost. But he is a <more>
salesman, selling a product. That product is faith. And if you buy in, he'll promise you the moon and the stars, and all you'll get in return is an over-abundance of bus fumes as he tooles out of town on his way to his next gig.The ironic ending was perfect, and a bit more satisfying for those of us how know what the business of religion is all about, and I couldn't help but consider that perhaps it was his character's final sales pitch; unspoken and left to bait the crowds for his next installment.Very enjoyable movie. It rates a 7.8/10 from...the Fiend :.
Steve Martin's performance in Leap Of Faith is a pretty good reason alone to watch this film. It's a pretty standard movie but Martin's performance will surprises me. Good music and a nice feel good story help make this an enjoyable movie.