'The Catechism Cataclysm' Examiner Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello
With what they lack in big budgets and impressive stunts, independent films make up for with actors who easily relate to each other and well-meaning messages. The new independent comedy ‘The Catechism Cataclysm,’ which is now playing at New York City’s IFC Center, featured a natural bond between lead actors Steve Little and Robert Longstreet. The movie also focuses on pushing people outside their comfort zone, but unfortunately failed to include a memorable plot.
‘The Catechism Cataclysm’ follows Father Billy (played by Little), an eccentric young priest whose superiors force him to take a sabbatical when they overhear him telling his congregation inappropriate parables. Billy decides to look up his high school idol, Robbie (portrayed by Longstreet), who used to date his sister, and convinces him to go on a canoeing trip with him. While Robbie doesn’t remember Billy, the two bond over their mutual love of heavy metal music. As night approaches, their fun disintegrates as they realize they’re lost, and can’t find their way back.
While the two actors didn’t meet each other until the night before they began filming, Little and Longstreet had a unique and intriguing chemistry together. As the two have said, they were both nervous about filming ‘The Catechism Cataclysm,’ and their ability to communicate their fears allowed them to bond. They easily brought their real-life initial apprehension about bonding with someone they barely know to Billy and Robbie. Over time, both the characters and actors convincingly become more comfortable with each other, and truly enjoyed spending time together.
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