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by Jonathan McKee

Thou Shalt Laugh 2: The Deuce (11/06/2007)


Not Rated (but as innocent as PG)

Starring Tim Conway, Victoria Jackson, Taylor Mason, Thor Ramsey, Bone Hampton, Dan Nainan


Jonathan's Rating: Worth Buying

The title says it all. Thou wilt laugh!

I must confess, when the first Thou Shalt Laugh was released, I was a little skeptical about the creation of a Christian comedy night (whether it be a literal seven day creation, or not). Don’t get me wrong, I’d LOVE to be able to enjoy some comedy without profanity and garbage. But let’s just say that in the past, Christians and “film-making” haven’t always mixed well. But I stood corrected, because the first in the series delivered.

Call me a Scrooge, but I was skeptical once again upon hearing about Thou Shalt Laugh 2: the Deuce. I figured, “They got it right the first time… it will take a miracle to pull if off again.”

Wrong again. “…the Deuce” delivered.

Tim Conway hosted the evening… very funny. Then Though Shalt Laugh veterans Thor Ramsey and Taylor Mason came back with new material probably even surpassing their earlier stuff. Dan Nainan and Bone Hampton were new to the scene but provided some hilarious comedy, poking fun at racial and socioeconomic issues. Hilarious!

The only disappointment of the evening was Saturday Night Live veteran Victoria Jackson who was “hit and miss.” My wife liked a lot of her stuff, I chuckled a little… my kids were just plain bored during her bit. But don’t throw out the baby with the blonde… overall, the DVD provided a fun evening of family entertainment.

I’m a comic fan. My son and I both watch a lot of stand-up and even watch the reality series Last Comic Standing, which supposedly finds the best of up and coming comics. I’ll be completely honest. These Christian comics blew away the Last Comic Standing comics (Victoria Jackson aside).

Grab the DVD, pop some popcorn, and enjoy it with your whole family.


SHOULD KIDS SEE IT?
I let my 10, 12 and 14 year old see it without hesitation. There were a few jokes that were funnier for adults than kids… nothing inappropriate (although a few edgy jokes- nothing even approaching what kids hear from a Shrek movie).


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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