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Marty and Doug’s New Religion (2010): Written by Dan Conrad and Directed by Dan Kowalski.
Produced by All Things Random
Starring: Greg Vorob (Marty) and Dan Conrad (Doug)
*** out of 4
Two goofballs decide to start their own religion in Marty and Doug’s New Religion, a pleasant, sporadically funny comedy, written by and starring Dan Conrad, with Greg Vorob.
Originally a 6 part web series, the film chronicles the boys attempts to start their own religion, for the purposes of avoiding the payment of taxes, but mostly to attract the ladies (they have a sex pit). Their attempts of crafting Awesomism or Badasstianity (very funny) bring the one and only Jesus (Ian Campbell Dunn) into the picture, who, with the help of his lawyer, tries to file an injunction to stop them, but, amusingly, with no success. They manage to attrract people to their religion, but many of them are, well, insane, including lawyer Barry (a maniacal Felix Gardon). The Catholic Church tries to stop them, with the help of co-hort Veronica (Molly Montgomery) who Marty, of course, has a crush on, but in the end, the boys come out on top.
This is a very broad comedy, very much from the Seth McFarlane school, although thankfully, Conrad avoids the use of scatalogical humor. Not all of the humor works in Marty and Doug’s New Religion, but I applaud all involved for going for it all the way. Director Dan Kowalski keeps things moving swiftly, while his camera work and editing were quite sharp throughout.
Vorob and Conrad have a cool, effortless chemistry together on screen and are clearly having a great time with their roles. They are ably supported by Dunn’s exasperated take on Jesus and the crazy Gardon.
Worth a look.
Information on Marty and Doug’s New Religion is available on the Internet Movie Database.
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