I haven’t seen it, but reviews from critics seem to have been mixed. Two popular websites collect professional movie reviews from across the country: Metacritic.com and RottenTomatoes.com. The first one computed the average of reviews as being 52%, while the other site calculated the average of reviews at 61%. Those figures indicate that reviews were mixed, with roughly equal numbers liking or disliking it. I quickly glanced at some of the reviews, however, and my impression is that the reviewers didn’t have strong feelings about the film, one away or the other.
Unfortunately, two sites which Catholics often turn to for advice, DecentFilms.com and the Catholic News Service / USCCB website, did not review the movie.
According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, the film cost $5 million to produce, and grossed $10 million worldwide, so (deducting expenses of distribution) it likely turned a small profit.
Here is the movie’s official plot summary:
Mary (Jena Malone) is entering her senior year at American Eagle Christian High School. She seems to be in an ideal social position as one of the “Christian Jewels,” the most devout and popular clique of girls in the school, led by the aggressively cheerful Hilary Faye (Mandy Moore). But things take an unexpected turn when Mary’s boyfriend, Dean (Chad Faust), tells her he may be gay. Mary hits her head and has a vision, in which Jesus tells her how to help “cure” Dean of his unnatural urges.