Jesus Revolution

The 2023 American Christian drama film Jesus Revolution was helmed by Jon Erwin and Brent McCorkle. The movie, based on the autobiographical book of the same name that Greg Laurie co-wrote, follows pastor Chuck Smith (Kelsey Grammer), Lonnie Frisbee, a Christian hippy, and Laurie (Joel Courtney) as they participate in the Jesus movement in California in the late 1960s. The cast also includes Anna Grace Barlow and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
On February 24, 2023, Lionsgate released the movie in theaters in the United States. Despite receiving poor reviews from critics, the movie made $53 million worldwide against a $15 million production budget.

Jesus Revolution

Plot

Chuck Smith, a strict but well-respected Southern California pastor, discovers in 1968 that his congregation is perishing and that he is unable to relate to the hippie generation’s younger, live-free members. One day, his daughter Janette offers a lift to Lonnie Frisbee, a colorful hippy hitchhiker who claims to be on the road evangelizing for Jesus. Smith, who initially had his doubts about Frisbee, ultimately warmed up to him and began inviting other hippies to his house and church. Chuck is introduced to the Love Song band by Lonnie, who then has them play a song in his living room. Together, they launch a fruitful movement to evangelize hippies and other people.


While Timothy Leary is extolling the virtues of drugs for self-discovery, high school student Greg Laurie flees from his Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps class and joins a girl named Cathe who “turns him on” to a Janis Joplin concert. Greg observes that several hippies are extremely careless, and Cathe’s sister becomes ill as a result of a drug overdose.

Cathe loses her temper with Greg when they are watching a movie and destroys their friendship since Greg doesn’t care how harmful drugs are.
Cathe and Greg reunite when Cathe is listening to Lonnie preach on the hippy campus. Cathe then invites Greg to visit the church she found there. Despite Cathe’s strict parents’ disinterest in Greg, Greg and Cathe find comfort at Smith and Frisbee’s ministry.

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The ministry experiences a meteoric rise in popularity, earning the nicknames “Jesus freaks” or “Jesus Revolution”, and even inspiring a Time magazine cover in 1971.[5] Lonnie eventually part ways with Chuck Smith and heads to Florida, though. Greg volunteers to take over a Riverside ministry branch. He later marries Cathe, becomes a well-known pastor, and founded the Harvest Fellowship. As the creators of the well-known Calvary Chapel movement and, more broadly, as pioneers of the Jesus movement, Smith and Frisbee are remembered.

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Cast in Jesus Revolution

Joel Courtney as Greg Laurie
Jackson Robert Scott as young Greg Laurie
Jonathan Roumie as Lonnie Frisbee
Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Charlene
Anna Grace Barlow as Cathe
Kelsey Grammer as Chuck Smith
Nic Bishop as Dick
Nicholas Cirillo as Charlie
Ally Ioannides as Janette Smith
Julia Campbell as Kay
Mina Sundwall as Dodie
DeVon Franklin as Josiah
Charlie Morgan Patton as Connie
Jolie Jenkins as Pilar
Shaun Weiss as Vietnam Vet

Production

The screenplay was written by Jon Erwin and Jon Gunn, who also directed the movie. Greg Laurie, Kevin Downes, and the Erwin Brothers served as producers. Although Jim Gaffigan was subsequently replaced by Kelsey Grammer, Joel Courtney and Jim Gaffigan signed on to play the starring roles in June 2020.[12] In March 2022, Mobile, Alabama served as the location for filming, and numerous additional scenes were shot on location in California.

Jesus Revolution
Jesus Revolution

Release

The film had its premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on February 15, 2023,[15] and was theatrically released in the United States on February 24, 2023, by Lionsgate.[16] The film was released internationally, starting in Singapore on March 23, 2023, with Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and others set for the subsequent months.

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Home media

Jesus Revolution was released for VOD on April 11, 2023, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release on April 25, 2023

Box office

Jesus Revolution, which was released in tandem with Cocaine Bear in the US and Canada, was expected to make $6-7 million in its first weekend of distribution from 2,475 cinemas.[19] The movie made $7 million on its opening day, bringing weekend expectations to $14 million (including $3.3 million from previews from the days before its release).

With a $15.8 million premiere, it went on to place third.[2] It continued to perform above predictions during the course of its second weekend, earning $8.7 million and placing fifth.The movie made $5.1 million and $3.5 million in its third and fourth weekends, respectively, [21][22][23] passing $40 million to momentarily surpass 2019’s highest-grossing Lionsgate film.[24] The movie finally made more than $50 million.

Jesus Revolution
Jesus Revolution

Critical response

Critics gave the movie a variety of ratings. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, 56 reviews from critics have an average rating of 5.9/10, with 55% of them being favorable. The view on the website is that “Jesus Revolution fumbles an opportunity to bring fascinating real-life history vibrantly to life, but deserves credit for avoiding the preachiness common to faith-based films.” Based on reviews from seven critics, the weighted average review site Metacritic gave the movie a score of 46 out of 100, indicating “mixed or average” reviews.

The movie received an average “A+” rating from CinemaScore’s audience poll, making filmmaker Jon Erwin the director of the most “A+”-rated movies (after 2015’s Woodlawn, 2018’s I Can Only Imagine, and 2021’s American Underdog).PostTrak’s survey respondents awarded it a 97% favorable rating. with 89% saying they would definitely recommend the film.


Its excellent reception among viewers, according to Joshua Encinias of MovieMaker, can be ascribed to “high production values and a storyline that works even if you don’t care about Christianity.” Christian media has a “underserved audience,” the production company “did its due diligence to create buzz,” and “despite mixed critical reviews, Jesus Revolution has proven to be rather popular with its target demographic,” according to Rahul Malhotra and Simbiat Ayoola of Collider.

It received a perfect score of 5 stars from Crosswalk’s Michael Foust, who noted that “the cast makes it believable even though the script carries the film.” Foust continued, “it doesn’t take long to put that in the back of your mind and assume that Jonathan Roumie is most known for playing Jesus in The Chosen.him as Frisbee.”
Variety reviewer Dennis Harvey gave the movie a high review, stating that it is “polished and persuasive without getting too preachy.” In a different assessment, James Berardinelli stated that “Jesus Revolution takes a fascinating period of American history – the hippie movement and its associated fallout within the Christian community – and transforms it into a bland, TV movie-of-the-week experience.

Jesus Revolution
Jesus Revolution

“According to Alan Ng, a writer for Film Threat, who scored the movie an 8/10, “I identify three things with faith-based films: terrible acting, an outlandish, overly upbeat message, and a shoe-horned sermon. Thankfully, this movie stays away from all three.

The movie received two stars from Nell Minow of RogerEbert.com, who noted that the movie omitted information about one of the real-life protagonists’ substance misuse and homosexuality and paraphrased Jack Kornfield as remarking, “After the ecstasy comes the laundry.” If you’re old enough to recall the 1960s and ’70s, you’ll find Lionsgate’s peppy new movie Jesus Revolution to be a trip down memory lane, according to Kathy Schiffer of the National Catholic Register. As a popular Christian movie, it emphasizes a positive religious message that is well received in today’s culture.

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FAQs

What was the Jesus Revolution in history?

After years of rebellion against the establishment values of mainstream America

What was the real Jesus Revolution?

The Jesus movement of the late ’60s and early ’70s

Where was the Jesus Revolution?

Jesus movement in California during the late 1960s.

What is Jesus Revolution based in?

 The Jesus movement of the late 1960s and 1970s was primarily based in California.

What did Jesus Revolution make?

 the movie telling the story of the 1970s Jesus People movement earned more than $51 million in box office receipts

Who started Jesus Revolution?

the larger names include Duane Pederson, Jack Sparks, who led the Christian World Liberation Front, as well as Lonnie Frisbee, who worked for a time along with Smith.

ASALAMUALIKUM, I am Abid Mushtaq Baba, a Blogger, Youtuber, and founder of realityofmyislam.com. Here, I post about Islam, the Quran, history, and other religions to help people understand the Islam and find the truth.

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