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by Jonathan McKee

Though Shalt Laugh (11/7/2006)


Rated PG

Starring Patricia Heaton and the comedy of Thor Ramsey, Michael Jr., Jeff Allen, Teresa Roberts Logan, Joby Saad, Gilbert Esquivel and Taylor Mason


Jonathan's Rating: Rental

This is a night of clean, stand up comedy.

I’ve seen a couple of these guys in person… and they definitely are funny. Filmed in Hollywood and hosted by Emmy(R) Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), it's a night of stand-up comedy from seven of the country's funniest Christian comedians - including Michael Jr., Thor Ramsey, Taylor Mason, and many more!

I enjoyed the comedy more than I enjoyed Heaton’s hosting. Nothing against Heaton… I just was a little relieved that I wasn’t sitting with any of my unchurched friends watching this. I felt like I was watching a “Christians only” viewing when she announced that all these comedians were “Christians,” like it was part of the application process.

But the comedy was good.

My kids enjoyed Taylor Mason and his puppets the most. Don’t think “Sesame Street” when you think puppets… Taylor was funny for adults and kids alike. He and the rest of the gang will have you rolling.


SHOULD KIDS SEE IT?
A couple of the comedians made marriage jokes that went over my kids’ heads. One comedian even said something about a girl taking her blouse off… the joke ended up not going where I thought it was going, but I was a little nervous for a moment (thinking, “Boy am I going to have to explain something later to the young one”). But overall, I didn’t regret letting the kids watch it.


Conversation Starter
Three Simple Questions (with Answers You May Be Looking for):

  1. What are some of the messages or themes you observed in this movie?


  2. How do you suppose we—as serious Christ-followers—should react to this movie?


  3. How can we move from healthy, Bible-based opinions about this movie to actually living out those opinions?




Jonathan McKee Jonathan McKee, president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over a dozen books including the new Get Your Teenager Talking, The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenager, and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the 10-Minute Talks series. Jonathan speaks and trains at conferences, churches and events across North America, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan and his wife Lori, and their three teenagers Alec, Alyssa and Ashley live in California.



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