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In Theaters Now: Jesus Revolution


Age is a funny thing in movies; actors rarely seem to play their actual age. In the new Christian film, Jesus Revolution, Kelsey Grammer plays real-life pastor Chuck Smith who founded Calvary Chapel as part of the late-1960s Jesus Movement. But Smith was in his early 40s when the event of the film took place while the famed portrayer of Frasier Crane is in his late 60s.

Joel Courtney plays a high school Christian convert in the film, though he’s been eligible to serve in the U.S. Congress for a couple of years now. But the most fun piece of casting is Jonathan Roumie as Lonnie Frisbee (and yes, that was the name of the hippie turned pastor – Frisbee). What makes it fun is that everyone comments on Frisbee looking like Jesus. He says, “There’s no one I’d rather resemble.” But Roumie is best known for playing Jesus in the web series, The Chosen.

There are a few other things that don’t exactly exemplify authenticity.  Though the events in the story take place in Southern California, Alabama plays that role not terribly convincingly. And I’m not sure who else was bothered by this, but a young woman in the film is holding “The Way,” a popular paraphrase of the Bible. Which actually came out in 1972.