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  • Summary: 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, an eccentric young priest, isStorytelling 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, an eccentric young priest, is forced to take a sabbatical by his superiors when he is discovered telling inappropriate parables to his flock. Billy tracks down his high-school idol Robbie, who begrudgingly agrees to a canoe trip. On the water, the two men reminisce about Billy's days as the keyboardist in a Christian band and Robbie's as a guitarist for a metal band. When night approaches, they realize they have lost their way--and that's when things get weird. (IFC Midnight) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Oct 21, 2011
    83
    Catechism sometimes feels intentionally obscure, much like Rohal's last movie. It's essentially a hilariously brazen lark, which is reason enough to embrace it.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 19, 2011
    83
    If The Catechism Cataclysm does have something to say, it's that it's possible to enjoy a trip even when it isn't really going anywhere.
  3. Reviewed by: Paul Brunick
    Oct 18, 2011
    60
    A lot of the fun in The Catechism Cataclysm, a horror-comic head trip from the writer-director Todd Rohal ("The Guatemalan Handshake"), comes in the form of silly, strange line deliveries: nonsense songs in strained falsetto, crisply over-articulated cuss words, syllables distended into schoolyard taunts.
  4. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 18, 2011
    40
    So it's no surprise that what starts out as a beer-soaked cringe comedy about stunted masculinity ends up deep in the woods with noise-loving Japanese tourists and exploding craniums - or that such detours into psychotronic oddity for its own sake can make even a 75-minute running time feel like an eternity.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Oct 16, 2011
    30
    In the curious absence of religious satire, toilet humor isn't enough to constitute comedy, while the leads' grating performances make 81 minutes feel eternal.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 18, 2011
    30
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 3, 2011
    30
    A grating and witless would-be spoof of religion, male-bonding and, it seems, horror movies.

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