Sunday School Musical
|Sunday School Musical|
|Directed by||Rachel Lee Goldenberg|
|Produced by||David Michael Latt
|Written by||Rachel Goldenberg
|Distributed by||Faith Films
The Asylum (All Media)
Christian Art Media (South Africa, DVD)
Opening Distribution (2010, France)
|October 21, 2008|
Sunday School Musical is a musical film mockbuster released direct-to-DVD on October 21, 2008. It is similar to Disney's High School Musical franchise, but the film takes a dramatically different approach in terms of storyline.
When financial woes threaten their church's future, a group of teens, led by one talented performer, enters a song and dance competition in hopes of winning a heavenly cash prize.
- Chris Chatman as Zachary
- Candise Lakota as Savannah
- Cecile de Rosario as Laura
- Shane Carther Thomas as Jake
- Dustin Fitzsimons as Charlie
- Robert Acinapura as Miles
- Amy Ganser as Margaret
- Krystle Conner as Aundrea
- Cliff Tan as Trevor
- Thomas R. Nance as MC
- Millena Gay as Zach's Mother
- Riker Lynch as crossroad choir member
- Rydel Lynch as crossroad choir member
According to producer Paul Bales, the film was conceptualized after he and other staff members of The Asylum attended a seminar for marketing to a Christian audience. The seminar host suggested that the perfect movie would be a Christian version of High School Musical.
In 2011, Channel Awesome reviewers Todd in the Shadows and Film Brain teamed up to review Sunday School Musical as a part of Matthew Buck's series "Bad Movie Beatdown". Todd, having been subjected to reviewing the High School Musical franchise in the past, thought the film was ironically better than what it was ripping off. He also compared some of the musical numbers to "80's T.V. sitcom themes" and "Savage Garden". Buck's character Film Brain pointed out that Zack not being able to attend the same choir was a "non-conflict" because, afterwards, he returned to the same rooftop on the other side of town. He also pointed out the differences in musical talent depending on race, saying jokingly that there may be some implication of racial stereotyping. In the end though, he did declare it to be one of the better films to be made by Asylum.
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