- X 2019
The God Complex
Mark Pirro, John Ahern (associate) for Pirromount
directed by Mark Pirro
starring Gust Alexander, Ted Nichelson, Mary Moorefield, Allison Meriwether, Jed Rowen, Kim Thomassen, Bill Devlin, Suzanna GriffithMax Webb, Paul Bunnell, Y.K. Chan, Scott Douglas MacLachlan, John Armstrong, Dani Leon, Max Cartagena, Angela Hennessy, J. Michael Raye, Ashlie Rhey, Lauren Baldwin, David Anthony Hernandez, Jessie Sherman, Ron Curtiss, Tyrone Dubose, Herb Polsky, John McCafferty, Dennis Kinard, Damon Evans, Tony Cicchetti, Andy Guss
written by Mark Pirro, Andy Guss, music by Marci Katznelson
Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, Moses, Jesus Christ
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God (Gust Alexander), a short and slightly overweight guy with a
receding hairline, lives in absolute darkness, and to occupy himself he
creates stars and planets - and ultimately light, to see what he has
achieved even. He takes a liking to earth, thus he creates its flora and
then its fauna, then he proceeds to name everything ... but gets wary of
the naming process soon enough so he creates man, namely Adam (Ted
Nichelson), so he takes over naming things. Adam though soon feels lust,
so God creates a companion for him, Pete (Y.K. Chan) - but he's less
pleased when he catches them having sex, so Pete's soon gone and enter Eve
(Mary Moorefield). God figures when Adam and Eve are not out naming
things, they ought to worship him, but they're more into hallucinogenic
mushrooms, and thus God decides to abandon them (and mankind with them)
... but only for the time being, soon enough, God's bored again, and thus
he returns to earth to be worshipped again, but instead he's attacked by
two hitmen (Jed Rowen, Kim Thomassen), and thus decides to flood the earth
and let only old man Noah (Bill Devlin) and family (Suzanna Griffith, Max
Webb, Paul Bunnell, Y.K. Chan) plus two animals of every species survive.
But Noah is less than pleased regarding this responsibility, plus he's not
very good at planning his journey with his ark.
God decides to test Abraham's (Scott Douglas MacLachlan) faith next,
but is taken aback by the ease with which Abraham is persuaded to
sacrifice his son (John Armstrong). And when he tests Job (Max Cartagena)
by taking everything from him, he's disappointed how stoically he lets
this happen. So God, still looking for the affection of humankind appears
to Moses (J. Michael Raye) as his wife's (Ashlie Rhey) burning bush to
dictate him some 12,000 commandments - but Moses reduces them to a mere
This is about the time God's girlfriend Barb (Allison Meriwether)
leaves him, and he, a bit horny, picks up a mortal, Mary (Lauren Baldwin),
who suffers from the neglect of her husband-to-be Joseph (David Anthony
Hernandez), and accidently impregnates her - upon which she files for
matrimony in court and wins the case.
God's son grows up to be Jesus (Dennis Kinard), a man who's much more
level-headed than his father, and he tries to make God the loving being he
wants himself to be seen as ... but God has other plans that involve
Jesus' crucifixion - but Jesus has no plans to be nailed to the cross ...
Now there's a film that's definitely not for the pious, though I doubt
that upon closer inspection one would find it half as blasphemous as it
appears on first sight, as the stories are actually picked from the
"good book", and not all go as far as the Bible goes even. And
while the humour of the movie, while mostly genuinely funny, is often on
the blunt to crude side, there is also lots of thought in this movie which
raises some serious issues one actually should have with the Bible. But of
course, the film's still a comedy first and foremost, and as such it works
very well thanks to a light-footed approach, an ensemble cast who are
clearly in on the joke but refrain from turning it moronic, and a solid
central performance by Gust Alexander, who manages to make his God sleazy
but likeable in his clumsiness.
Again, if you're easily offended when it comes to religion, don't
watch, but if you're up for a bunch of bible-themed jokes with a bit of
food for thought hidden inside, then this one's for you!