Selfie Dad

Selfie Dad

The title. The poster. The movie completely lives up to that. Represents a completely unhinged display of lifeless Hollywood comedy filmmaking seeping its way into Evangelical Christian cinema. Like seeing something projected from another dimension, one where Michael Jr. is a big star and literally any moment in this film is comprehensible to the average moviegoer…finally a completely horrific Evangelical Christian movie that I almost respect for its sheer defiance to grant us any sort of relief for its 96-minute runtime. Props to Kappa Media/Rapture Pictures for finally doing what Pure Flix couldn’t, creating the perfect ideation of 2020s Evangelical brainmelt that is as tasteless as it is perplexing. There is no creepy authoritarian agenda behind this film beyond pushing bland suburban Christianity and the Blackmagic pocket cinema camera (no other equipment necessary!) If there is a deeper agenda, it’s the first Evangelical film to slip something by me. It’s exactly the bad, bad dream the poster promises. Absolutely insane satirization(?) of the entertainment industry and the world of “content creators” with a perplexing semi-self-aware Christian bent. Everything is shot in the exact same way that demonstrates the pervasiveness of mainstream Hollywood cinema’s anti-style as very much its own style. None of the jokes are funny but this movie almost feels like a good-enough Judd Apatow knockoff that you could be tricked into an instinctive nose exhale from time to time. Then you’re left wondering why. There’s such a deadening vacancy to every single moment here that Selfie Dad fooling around in a soon-to-be viral video hits the exact same as the family hugging and weeping over the abrupt possible kidnapping-murder of their teen daughter. The bizarre Kanye shout out at the end gives me a tiny, tiny amount of hope that the man himself might have actually seen this film at some point. My friend and I have been half-joking through this entire Pure Flix/evangelical movie marathon that Kanye absolutely needs to appear in one of these movies, and this is the closest we’ve gotten. The fact that the film references “Use this Gospel” is the cherry on top of a sundae with absolutely no flavor but profound existential dread.

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