The Catechism Cataclysm
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The Catechism Cataclysm
Storytelling in all its forms is skewered in The Catechism Cataclysm. In this divinely bizarre and funny tale, wild characters infuse stories within stories until the lines between the Bible, Mark Twain, and campfire tales are hilariously blurred. Father Billy (Steve Little), an eccentric young priest, is forced to take asabbatical by his superiors when he is discovered telling inappropriate parables to his flock. Billy tracks down his high-school idol Robbie (Robert Longstreet), who begrudgingly agrees to a canoe trip. On the water, the two men reminisce about Billy's days as the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A grating and witless would-be spoof of religion, male-bonding and, it seems, horror movies."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Such detours into psychotronic oddity for its own sake can make even a 75-minute running time feel like an eternity."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"'s ultimately impossible to walk away from The Catechism Cataclysm feeling that it could (and should) have been much, much better."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"As a professional preacher, I could appreciate (the film) to some degree as a satiric take on storytelling in both religious and secular circles. Sorry to say, that's about as far as my appreciation goes."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"While the ending to any shaggy-dog story is supposed to be irrelevant, The Catechism Cataclysm's capper is particularly enervating."
‑ Simon Abrams, Slant Magazine
"William and Robbie's adventure has a shaggy-dog charm that's hard to resist."
‑ Scott Tobias, NPR
"Weird and well-acted..."
‑ Paul Brunick, New York Times
"It's a very dumb comedy made by very smart folks."
‑ John Gholson, Cinematical
"A priest and a washed-up heavy metal drummer step into a boat. . . . This isn't the start of a joke, but rather the plot of Todd Rohal's strange IFC film."
‑ , Boston Phoenix
"rather than use this premise as a set up for bible satire, the film relies on diarrhea jokes and uninspired buddy-bonding to carry us through an ill-plotted tale of damnation and redemption"
‑ Leslie Stonebraker, New York Press
"Even after the movie takes its turn for the surreal, it remains rooted in the reactions of slack-faced good guy Little and the gruff-but-loveable Longstreet."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Taking the notion of toilet humor literally but incapable of delivering its promised religious satire, The Catechism Cataclysm is more muddled than its tongue-twister title."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"A lot of it is tedious and directionless."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Ebert Presents At The Movies
"It's essentially a hilariously brazen lark, which is reason enough to embrace it."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"Watching the lazy surreal odyssey unfold, you might be tempted to see The Catechism Cataclysm as a metaphor about telling a story, or about the futility of telling a story."
‑ David D'Arcy, Screen International
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