After his May release from jail, Ja Rule is looking for church girls. Well, at least on screen. Ja Rule is starring alongside Adrienne Bailon (Cheetah Girls) in “I’m in Love with a Church Girl” set for release October 18, 2013.
“I’m in Love With a Church Girl“, produced by Reverence Gospel Media, and Grammy Award winning Gospel Artist Israel Houghton, is based on a true story. In recent years we have noticed a trend of faith-based movies hitting the big screen. That is nothing new. But using Ja Rule, someone not known for his faith or connection to the “church crowd,” to play the lead character, is new.
The movie does take a familiar storyline of a drug dealer trying to go straight, while fighting a past trying to keep him from doing so. But the way out, falling in love with a church girl, and the film’s very intentional purpose to make a positive impact on people is a new twist. While many drug dealer gone good movies are pure entertainment, this movie intends to enlighten.
Honestly, I’m not sure what I think about the movie. I do my best to live according to my belief in Jesus, and really enjoy Christian based films like the Tyler Perry films. But I also enjoy a nice gangsta flick, which just happen to be my favorite type of movies.
Will marrying the two make for a great movie experience? Or will it be a bad combination and a waste of time.
BMWK – What are you thoughts? Is this movie something you’ll go see, and what are your expectations of it? Check out the trailer, and then share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Phil Stevens says
Some of the supporting acting scenes in this already remind me of the poor acting in films like Courageous. Fancy camera tricks and editing can’t fix poor onscreen performances. Although – I am pumped Israel Houghton is dabbling in film. I should call him. 🙂
I am so glad that Christian film makers are out there. Creative, thoughtful and profoundly spiritual films that touch lives are powerful.
That said, I am concerned about the message this sends to women. Missionary dating is dangerous. Do women really need another message about falling in love with “bad boys” with the hope of transforming them into Godly men?
Yes, it happens. However, for every one of those happy endings, there are a million others where domestic abuse, and hellish lives are what unfolds.
There are many single women looking for a companion, and planting a seed in them that nonChristian men will transform is a damaging one.
I have tried it several times myself, and the deep wounds it creates are permanent.
I love faith based films. I just feel sad that this is the message we are sending people through them. How about stories that don’t require women to place themselves in passive roles. This story, while personally a joyous one, doesn’t depict the reality of dating a non believer for most women.
It has dangerous implications.