Director hopes to 'raise bar' on LDS comedies with 'Inspired Guns'

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  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Jan. 27, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    This sounds really bad. Wow…

    Only in Utah…

  • Bill Freeze Lindon, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 9:08 p.m.

    Funny, clean with some tender moments at times. Ricky Macy is the only pro in the movie and it shows....the producers are foolish not to have his face on the movie ads and even in the theater. The editing is a little choppy and the story is loose, but at least families can sit back and enjoy the show without cursing and stupid sexual innuendo. LDS movies can do much better and they will in the future!

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    All this time, I thought LDS Comedy was as oxymormon.

  • RJSmith Snowflake, AZ
    Jan. 23, 2014 8:46 p.m.

    Ignore all the "haters" who are leaving comments that haven't even seen the movie! This is not the typical LDS embarrasment of a comedy we have all come to loathe. I just saw it yesterday and the movie was very entertaining. It had an original plot and had the whole audience laughing throughout the whole movie. I can't wait to see it again!

  • Daniel Ellis Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 12:31 p.m.

    Fantastic film. I expected a goofball comedy full of cliches, but I got a fresh LDS Comedy that had the packed theater laughing and it also had real heart to it. I love seeing clichés recognized and blown out of the water. The serious moments were something unexpected but dialed in a great and simple message.

  • Daniel Ellis Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 12:30 p.m.

    Also! On a note that hasn't been brought up yet!!
    Take your kids!! They love it even more, they will be quoting "Whats dat in your eye??" or "Give me back my 100 bucks muchacho!" for weeks! If you are not partial to LDS movies, that's fine, but don't underestimate the effect that they can have on kids from 3-15. LDS Youth crave this kind of content; they love it, it encourages them in their Faith, and clichés aren't spent on them yet! My son was laughing, asking questions about the mission field, and moved by the end scenes. I like the movie 10 times more having seen the positive effect it had on him.

    I recommend this movie to any in the LDS Faith and HIGHLY recommend it if you bring your kids.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Jan. 23, 2014 12:25 p.m.

    There's a bar? I have only seen bits of a couple of these movies, but it was enough to tell me they aren't in my wheelhouse. I may give one another chance at some point, but it's undeniable that many Mormons tend to give these movies "extra credit" for being made by and for Mormons. Write a similar script, but change the LDS-specific references to Jewish or Buddhist-specific references, and see how many Utahns rave about them. **CRICKETS**

    I remember fragments of a couple of conversations about movies from years ago . .

    "So, have you ever seen 'This is Spinal Tap'?"

    "Yeah; that movie was lame."

    "How about 'Dr. Strangelove'?"

    "That was a comedy? And I don't really like black and white movies."

    "How about 'Blazing Saddles'? No? 'A Fish Called Wanda'? It's got some language, but is hysterical!"

    "Meh; I thought it was overrated. Have you seen 'The Singles Ward'? Man, that cracked me up! Classic!"

    That was the gist, and my impression is that it's pretty typical of the fans of LDS comedies. I never saw the need to talk movies with that person again.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Jan. 23, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    I'm glad the director is aiming to raise the bar on LDS comedies, because the bar is currently resting on the floor. It's been all downhill since The Singles Ward.

  • Jaydog Lehi, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 11:08 a.m.

    I was disappointed with the movie overall. The writing seemed amateurish and the jokes were kind of lame to my taste. I feel, just because a movie is "Clean", doesn't mean it gets a free pass and is deemed automatically funny. I honestly don't recommend spending the money to see this at theatre. If it comes out on DVD, ask to borrow it.

  • PookyBear84010 KAYSVILLE, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    I hope the movie is better than the previews, because it did not look very good to me in those.

  • jmjj215 Lehi, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 9:58 a.m.

    I saw the movie at an early showing, and I have to say that I thought it was fantastic. It was well done, had great twists and turns, and had me laughing the entire time. It was such a breath of fresh air when compared to the "traditional" Mormon comedies, where we're poking fun at ourselves. This was just an unbelievable event that causes you to laugh again and again. I liked it a lot.

  • RyanMRicks Salem, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 9:58 a.m.

    So I'm a bit of a skeptic when it comes LDS comedy. Until last night I had never seen a funny LDS film and I was convinced that they couldn't exist. Adam White proved me wrong. I was laughing through the whole movie, and I don't often do that.
    Fantastic acting by the whole cast, and it was beautifully shot.

  • CharmlessMan Lindon, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    This was a fantastic movie. I laughed a whole heck of a lot all the way through the movie. I know I shouldn't read the comments on these pages because people feel like trashing stuff for the sake of it. People are judging this show based on a brief synopsis, but the whole thing works so well. I laughed all the way through and the story was very good. I don't think you should support something just because it is locally produced, or a "clean moral movie", support it because it's a great product. Inspired Guns is a GREAT product.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 9:33 a.m.

    Son's of Provo was the absolutely stupidest movie that I've ever seen. I used the DVD for a target a couple of years ago when I went target shooting.

    Best of the current crop? Ephraim's Rescue.

  • Kjirstin Youngberg Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    Sundance is winding down, but the LDS Film Festival opens February 5-8. Google it for tickets to meet some of these outstanding young filmmakers. Guess I can also put in a plug for my son-in-law, JD Payne, a Hollywood screenwriter who will fly up for the LDSFF and on February 22 will be here again to teach a screenwriting class for Utah Women In Film at Broadview University. He is currently writing the next Star Trek movie with his partner, Patrick McKay.

  • Kjirstin Youngberg Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    Congrats, guys! With actors like Dashiell Wolf and Charan Prabhakar, it's GOT to be funny.

    Looking forward to seeing Inspired Guns and any other creative films that don't rely so much on cultural humor nobody outside the flock can understand them.

    The Saratov Approach is gaining ground as it opens in theaters outside Utah. There is no reason a comedy can't do the same thing as long as the story doesn't alienate audiences. Strangely enough, I think having the Book of Mormon musical do so well has opened minds toward our filmmakers more favorably. When faced with a box office choice now, audiences are not as skittish to try something they know to feature those guys in suits with name-tags.

    That BYU, UVU and the U all now have impressive film programs is outstanding. Those in the business are starting to take notice. The BYU animation studio graduates have done very well in the industry.

  • Al Thepal Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 8:57 a.m.


    Speaking of Studio C, didn't they have a sketch similar to what this article describes as the plot of this movie? Was that a coincidence or is this film ripping off a Studio C sketch? Either way I will probably end up seeing this movie sometime. It sounds like it has potential to be funny and entertaining (I am not necessarily counting on it though, lest I be disappointed).

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    I saw the preview and I could not stop cringing. It was painful for me. I was so ashamed. Please stop making these movies! Please stop going to them. They are an embarrassment!

    It's such cheap humor. It's a disease to our culture.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 8:29 a.m.

    Kurt Russell starred in a Disney movie* in 1969 where his character is somehow programmed with all the data available on a main-frame computer. This allows him to win an academic contest (jeopardy style) but also discloses a mafia plan that was programmed in the computer.

    Same story line, with innocent young students getting in hot water exposing crime bosses.

    *"The Computer wore Tennis shoes"

    Uh, I'm not sure how funny this genre of movies would be for parents who are sending their 18 year old babies out into the world for the first time away from home.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    The best Mormon comedy these days isn't film, it's TV... Studio C rocks! :)

  • jsegovia Lexington, MA
    Jan. 23, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    'Can't wait to see this. Here on the East coast we have to wait until Mormon films come out on DVD. The best LDS comedies are still 'Singles Ward,' 'Baptists at our Barbecue' and 'Sons of Provo,' IMO.

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 7:18 a.m.

    This may be a perfectly fine film, but was the director maybe still on his mission when "Mobsters and Mormons" hit the big screen? With only a few dozen Mormon comedies in the library, isn't it a bit early for a re-tread?