The Singles 2nd Ward
|The Singles 2nd Ward|
|Directed by||Kurt Hale|
|Written by||Kurt Hale and John E. Moyer|
|Music by||Cody Hale|
|Distributed by||Halestorm Entertainment|
The Singles 2nd Ward is a 2007 LDS romantic comedy film, directed by Kurt Hale. Like The Singles Ward, and the films which followed it, its target audience is members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and citizens of Utah. As such, references to and parodies of the Mormon and Utah subcultures pervade the film and are unlikely to be understood by outsiders. However, the film provides a view into the sometimes strange world of the Mormon culture.
The original cast returns for this sequel. Dalen (Kirby Heyborne) has finally met the girl of his dreams. Christine (Erin Chambers) is everything Dalen has ever wanted: sweet, simple, and devoted to the gospel. Too bad his future in-laws are anything but.
Dalen, now a college professor of Mormon mythology, has almost given up on finding an eternal companion in his current singles ward, as scores of his friends around him get married or already have several children. His hopes are renewed when Christine moves into the ward, and they fall in love; love at first sight in Dalen's case. Christine's parents are very wealthy non-members who have each been married a few times. Trouble arises when they tell Christine's parents about their marriage plans because Christine's parents can't understand why they're not permitted to attend their daughter's wedding in the LDS Temple. Dalen actually withdraws his proposal to Christine in order to avoid causing a rift in her family. Later, however, Dalen visits Christine's father and explains to him the importance of temple marriage, and he gives Dalen his blessing. Christine and Dalen's wedding goes as planned.
During the film, Jonathan (Will Swenson) is making a film based on their experience in The Singles Ward. When Jonathan's friends visit the set, they each see the actor playing them; Dalen is played by "some guy who's been in every LDS movie ever made," who looks exactly like Dalen (also played by Heyborne). While discussing making a movie about Dalen's experience in getting married, Jonathan says that franchises must be made in trilogies, but with everyone married the next one would have to be The Family Ward. Dalen even mentioned a dream that he had that he was a return missionary, full of the problems he and Jonathan had encountered.
During the course of the movie, Christine narrates to the audience in much the same way Jonathan narrated the first movie. In a scene at the end of the movie with the two of them, Christine expresses surprise that Jonathan "knows" the audience, to which he replies that he knew them before she did.
The Singles 2nd Ward began production on 9 July 2007. The shoot was scheduled to run 18 days, ending on 28 July. Locations included the Glenwood Apartments in Provo, the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, Fat Cats in Provo, and Mountain View High School in Orem, Payne Diamonds, Hogi Yogi, and the White Willow reception center (where all the church building scenes were filmed.
- Erin Chambers as Christine
- Connie Young as Cammie
- Will Swenson as Jonathan
- Kirby Heyborne as Dalen Martin
- Heyborne also plays himself.
- Michael Birkeland as Hyrum
- Daryn Tufts as Eldon
- Brad Johnson as Willard
- Jimmy Chunga as Phat Cop
- Robert Lee Swenson as Zak
- Lincoln Hoppe as DeVerl
- Wally Joyner as Brother Angel
- Jeff Olson as Jack
- Art Allen as Moroni
- Michelle Gould as Patty
- Kathryn Little as Dorothy