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Mangus (2011 film).jpg
Directed by Ash Christian
Produced by Ash Christian
Heather Matarazzo
Simon Millar
Written by Ash Christian
Starring Ryan Nelson Boggus
Jennifer Coolidge
Heather Matarazzo
Leslie Jordan
and John Waters
Music by John Dufilho
Scott Murphy
Caroline Murphy
Cinematography Lyn Moncrief
Edited by Scott D. Martin
Cranium Entertainment
Distributed by Wolfe Video
Release date(s)
  • June 25, 2011 (2011-06-25) (Frameline)
  • December 6, 2011 (2011-12-06) (DVD)
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Mangus! is a 2011 comedy film written, produced, and directed by Ash Christian. The film stars Ryan Nelson Boggus, Jennifer Coolidge, Heather Matarazzo (who also acts as producer), Leslie Jordan, and John Waters.


Mangus Spedgewick is a typical high schooler living with his war veteran father, Mangus Sr., and neglectful stepmother, Raquel, in a little town called River City, in Texas. It is a family tradition for the young man to portray Jesus in the town production of Jesus Christ Spectacular, and Mangus is very ecstatic for auditions. He lands the role, but that night, he goes out in a limo with his friends, Timmy and Kimmy, and loses the use of his legs, while his friends are cut in half.

The PTA rules that Mangus cannot play Jesus. When Mangus Sr. returns to the war, Raquel sends Magnus to live with his mother, Cookie, and his half-sister, Jessica Simpson, who live in a trailer with Cookie's boyfriend, Buddy.

Mangus spends his time with his half-sister Jessica Simpson and with his mother's boyfriend Buddy. Jessica Simpson reveals to Magnus that she is a lesbian and meets Bobbie, a black woman who drives an ice-cream truck and the two have a sexual encounter in the truck.

Buddy takes Mangus to a strip club where, while getting a lap dance, Mangus hallucinates and meets Jesus Christ (John Waters), who encourages him to fight for the role.

Mangus vows to re-obtain the role, even if it means taking out the competition, a flamboyant classmate, Farrell Williamson, who, while showing Mangus his routine, falls through the coffee table and is injured (his fate is not revealed until towards the end of the film).

Mangus's father is injured in the war and returns home in a wheelchair. He decides to remarry Cookie.

Mangus believes Farrell is dead. He decides to leave town and go to Hollywood. He takes with him his half-sister Jessica Simpson. But accidentally they end up in Hollywood, Florida. Although they are out of money, they find a Greyhound employee who takes pity on them and they manage to return home.

When Mangus returns to school, he talks to the next person in line, Harry, who just wants to get out of it and Mangus plays Jesus that night.

During the show, Raquel and Buddy finally manage to hook up, but they accidentally stumble into the stage and Buddy is caught with Raquel with his pants down.

For no apparent reason, the musical's opening number is sung by Santa. The rest of the cast is dressed mostly like hippies from Jesus Christ Superstar. Near the end of musical, Mangus is attached to the cross in his wheelchair.

After the play, Mangus's parents reconciled and the whole family go for ice cream.


  • Ryan Nelson Boggus as Mangus Spedgewick
  • Jennifer Coolidge as Cookie Richardson
  • Heather Matarazzo as Jessica Simpson
  • Leslie Jordan as Bruce Jackson
  • John Waters as Jesus Christ
  • Charles Solomon, Jr. as Mangus Spedgewick, Sr.
  • Deborah Theaker as Raquel Spedgewick
  • Peter S. Williams as Buddy Richardson
  • John D. Montoya as Farrell Williamson
  • Leticia Magana as Patricia Williamson
  • Brittni Horton as Bobbi Jackson
  • Zander Scott as Timmy Jones
  • Laura Spencer as Kimmy Jones
  • Lynn Ambrose as Flossy
  • Rex Cumming as Randy Jenkins
  • Rodney Shed as Harry


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