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Catechism Cataclysm

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Todd Rohal

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Plot Summary

Storytelling in all its forms is skewered in THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM. In this divinely bizarre and funny tale, wild characters infuse stories within stories until the lines between the Bible, Mark Twain, and campfire tales are hilariously blurred. Father Billy (Steve Little), an eccentric young priest, is forced to take a sabbatical by his superiors when he is discovered telling inappropriate parables to his flock. Billy tracks down his high-school idol Robbie (Robert Longstreet), who begrudgingly agrees to a canoe trip. On the water, the two men reminisce about Billy's days as the keyboardist in a Christian band and Robbie's as a guitarist for a metal band. When night approaches, they realize they have lost their way and that's when things get weird. Buoyed by commanding comedic performances by Steve Little (EASTBOUND and DOWN) and Robert Longstreet (GREAT WORLD OF SOUND) and deft handling by director Todd Rohal, THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM shines a light on the power of absurd fiction. THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM is a production of Rough House Pictures (David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jody Hill).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 17
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Weird and well-acted... – Paul Brunick, New York Times, Oct 18, 2011

Rotten: A grating and witless would-be spoof of religion, male-bonding and, it seems, horror movies. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Nov 3, 2011

Rotten: Taking the notion of toilet humor literally but incapable of delivering its promised religious satire, The Catechism Cataclysm is more muddled than its tongue-twister title. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Oct 18, 2011

Fresh: William and Robbie's adventure has a shaggy-dog charm that's hard to resist. – Scott Tobias, NPR, Oct 20, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Ignore The Critics On This One!

I can't think of an effective way to offer a synopsis for Todd Rohal's THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM. All I can really write is that I love it!

Both The Great Robert Longstreet and Steve Little give brilliant performances but in two opposing styles. It is a mixture of both differing styles and characters serve as the "catalyst" to turn an already ill-advised canoe trip into a deeply odd exploration of identity and twisted humor.

Unsettling moments of tension somehow form into a sort of male-bonding that begins to feel like it could slither into potentially sinister sexually violent territory. Just when you think you know where you're headed, the film morphs into something altogether unexpected, twisted, and surreal.

This movie is a hell of a lot smarter than it wants to admit. If you’re a fan of Longstreet or Little and If you have a twisted sense of humor and are looking to see something different — you must see THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM!

I almost cringe to note that I found something surprisingly charming about the whole experience.

Catechism Cataclysm
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2011

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