In Bob We Trust Monday, 30 March 2020

In Bob We Trust

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    For the love of Bob.

  • Starring:

    Father Bob Maguire, John Safran, Costas Vasilou, Frank O'Connor, Tony Long, Henri Ser, Memuzin River, Neil Mitchell, Father Julian Messina, Alain de Botton, Sister Mary Kavanagh, Archbishop Denis Hart, Cardinal George Pell

  • Directed by:

    Lynn-Maree Milburn

  • Running time:

    102 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Footage of Roman soldiers beating slaves (theatrical), fighting, guns, knives, tanks, cannons fired, Mao Zedong, atomic bomb blasts, World Wars, Nazis, Adolf Hitler, crucifixions. An animal is sacrificed on a pyre. Sexual abuse, child prostitution, paedophilia, thieves, Pearl Harbour bombing, treachery, betrayal, massacres, persecution, communists, Nazism, fascists, fascism, the Caine Mutiny, gangsters mentioned. Suicide references (jumping out windows, being gassed). Blood/gore: Paintings of decapitated heads, corpses, crucified people. Images of injured victims, bloody cuts, pooled blood. Dead animal. Blood donation mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Accusations of sexual abuse, prostitution mentioned. Sexual revolution, taking the contraceptive pill mentioned. Full male nudity (paintings). Shirtless men.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Fatal drug overdoses, drug trafficking, taking drugs, getting stoned mentioned. Alcohol (wine, champagne). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Partial f-word, s-words, p*ss, bugger, bloody. Name-calling. Heavy religious references, exclamation and criticism. Religious stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Father Bob Maguire, religion, Roman Catholicism, theology, canon law, history, conservatism, parish, congregation, resurrection, chess, Saint Francis of Assisi, Mary McKillop, dissidence, prophets, micro-management, street kids, drugs, marriage equality, modernity, eccentricity, Vatican II, Occupy movement, celibacy, twitter, poverty, charity, retirement.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Orphan, deceased friend. Deceased mother, deceased father, deceased siblings, job resignation, schizophrenia mentioned. Horses, donkey, camel, dogs, birds, lambs, dead bird, butterflies. Lightning, thunder, rainbow, clown doll. Man in hospital bed, bandage. Some very fast editing and shaky handheld camerawork.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Fast-paced, funny, chaotic, fascinating, entertaining, irreverent, low-key, restrained, moving, innovative, feisty, loving, insightful, tender, spirited, rambunctious, warmhearted, outstanding, enlightening, uplifting, succinct, hilarious, sad. Father Bob Maguire is a passionate, admirable, articulate, iconic figure. Superb editing. Brilliant opening montage.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Jump-cut editing is distracting.

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