Have you ever wanted to witness the epic collapse of a mega-church? I mean, who hasn’t? Regina Room and Sterling K. Brown watch everything they’ve built come crashing down – rightly so – in the first trailer for Honk for Jesus. Save your soul.
After a series of scandals threatens to bring down a Southern Baptist mega-church (you know, like the one that was recently rocked by a huge sex abuse scandal), Lee-Curtis Childs (Brown) is ready to bring it back to life. With his chipper wife Trinitie (Hall) by his side, Lee-Curtis promises the “ultimate comeback,” comparing himself to “Rocky.” Let’s not forget that Rocky loses his fight.
“Not every woman is cut out for the great responsibility of being a First Lady,” Trinitie laments in the trailer. “Lee-Curtis and I are going to cross to the other side.”
We’ll see. If they can’t, they’ll die trying, with a film crew recording every blunder along the way. It’s because Honk for Jesus is a satire shot in a mockumentary style, with a team of people “following” Trinitie and Lee Curtis for epic chess sequences in their upcoming documentary about the Southern Baptist Church.
Candid moments in the trailer include an awkward encounter with a former church member, Lee-Curtis getting into the gum (“We can edit around that, right?”), and Trinitie shaking what her mom told her. gave – for Jesus, of course.
Based on a 2018 short film of the same name, Honk for Jesus. Save your soul. won strong reviews when the feature produced by Jordan Peele and Daniel Kaluuya debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Critics particularly praised Hall’s fantastically narcissistic performance as Lee Curtis’ first lady.
“The couple’s chemistry is fantastic,” writes Laura Bradley of The Daily Beast in her film critic“even (and perhaps especially) when they disagree, and the actors’ shared taste for pushing their characters’ ridicule to the max is a delight (example: a scene in which a frustrated Trinity listens resentfully to her husband rapping to Crime Mob’s “Knuck If You Buck” to join anyway).”
Save your soul when Honk for Jesus lands in theaters and on Peacock this September 2.