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What Would Jesus Buy?

(DVD - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
What Would Jesus Buy?
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Follows Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they examine the commercialization of Christmas in America while following the group on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse - the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt. Delves into issues such as the role sweatshops play in America's mass consumerism and Big-Box Culture.
Title: What would Jesus buy?
[videorecording]
Publisher: New York, NY : Arts Alliance America, [2008]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 91 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Palisades Pictures ; Warrior Poets ; Werner Film ; produced by Peter Hutchison, Stacey Offman, Morgan Spurlock ; directed by Rob VanAlkemade
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Special features: Hilarious 8 minute Public Access show featuring The Reverend Bill, the Choir and Morgan Spurlock; deleted scenes; printable lyrics to the Choirs unique Christmas carols
Originally released as a motion picture in 2007
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Summary: Follows Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they examine the commercialization of Christmas in America while following the group on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse - the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt. Delves into issues such as the role sweatshops play in America's mass consumerism and Big-Box Culture.
Branch Call Number: DVD 339.47 WHAT
Credits: Directors of photography, Alan Deutsch, Daniel Marracino, Martin Palafox, Alex Stikich, Rob VanAlkemade ; editors, Gavin Coleman, Stela Georgieva ; music, Steve Horowitz, William Moses.
Performers: Reverend Billy (Bill Talen), Paul Norman Allen, James Solomon Benn, Savitri Durkee.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital
Other Language: Closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Debt United States Consumer credit United States Consumer behavior United States Consumption (Economics) United States Christmas shopping United States
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Documentary films
Religious films
Christmas films
Comedy films
Feature films
Topical Term: Debt
Consumer credit
Consumer behavior
Consumption (Economics)
Christmas shopping
Publisher No: 670495 Arts Alliance America
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A hilarious take on a serious topic. Stop the Shopocalypse and watch this now!


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It's about how America as a whole needs to be less of an over enthusiastic consumer and going back to being true to the holiday season. Basically not falling prey to buy into buying everything. The disc however wouldn't play all the way through. But honestly, you'd have to be a moron to live above your economical means!

Nov 27, 2013
  • HellbillyHillhound rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Billy and his Choir came here to Seattle promoting this movie. I regret now not going to that. After watching this I realized how much I have in common with the Rev. A perfect film to watch with the family during Thanksgiving. For Black Friday we all should make something with our hands instead of buying slave-labor products from SouthEast Asia.

Jan 27, 2013
  • tauseef365 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hilarious, a true American original. A fascinating commentary on consumerism as a way of life, providing a fresh breath of air on something that is so ingrained in the shopping psyche. And it's pretty entertaining, to boot.

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