Dial a Prayer (2015)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Drama

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Cora spends her days begrudgingly answering phones at a Prayer Call Center under the watch of well-intentioned leader Bill. When a caller shows up convinced he's been saved by her voice, she must decide if she's the one he thinks she is.

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  • Brittany Snow in Dial a Prayer (2015)
  • William H. Macy in Dial a Prayer (2015)
  • Glenne Headly and Brittany Snow in Dial a Prayer (2015)
  • Brittany Snow and Tom Lipinski in Dial a Prayer (2015)
  • William H. Macy and Brittany Snow in Dial a Prayer (2015)
  • (L-R) Actress Brittany Snow, director Maggie Kiley and actress Anna Camp arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Dial A Prayer' at the Landmark Theater on April 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

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6 June 2015 | MartinHafer
| Worth seeing but I am not exactly who the audience would be for this picture.
In the last year or so, quite a few films have debuted which have been targeted to a more conservative Christian audience, such as "Son of God" as well as "God is Not Dead". I assumed that "Dial a Prayer" is pretty much another one of these films, though despite its plot, it isn't exactly something that will appeal to many of the same folks who would have seen these other movies.

The film is about a surly young lady, Cora (Brittany Snow). She's got attitude, that's for sure...and you know that she's been sentenced to do community service for some sort of crime, though for much of the film you have no idea what she's done. As for her community service, she works for a Dial-a-Prayer service--an odd choice for community service considering her attitude about life as well as what crimes she committed. Oddly, however, despite being an angry, lost soul, through the course of the film, she comes to develop a sense of purpose and begins to shed some of her anger and hopelessness.

"Dial a Prayer" has a lot going for it. Snow's performance is exceptional, as she played troubled and angry quite well--so well that it was difficult liking her character for much of the film. This is a major plus. Additionally, it sure didn't hurt that the nice minister who ran the center was played by William H. Macy--a guy who just make everything look so easy and natural. I also like the notion that ACTING good, after a while, makes you good-- something fundamental to many philosophies and branches of psychology. The film also really was nice because it was very unique and there isn't anything else like it that I've seen in a very long time.

But, the film also has a huge problem which will easily impact its marketability. For the traditional Christian audience, while most of the story will make them quite happy, the cursing and sex in the film just don't fit in with their values and it's hard to imagine them not being offended. As for others, there are also a lot of folks who have no interest in a film about spirituality--and they'd never see such a movie in the first place. As a result, while it's a very good film, I just don't know if it has much of an audience, though it is worth seeing.

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