Nathan Roberts was a summer intern at The High Calling and is a current student at NYU. Check out his great review of Believe Me.

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“Why do you assume that me acting like a Christian means I’m not being honest?!

This question is hurled at Sam, our brawny antihero, at a crucial moment in Will Bakke’s new comedy, Believe Me. After watching the film, we could probably ask a similar question of Mr. Bakke himself: What is it about acting like a Hip Evangelical Christian that seems dishonest to you?

A number of things, apparently. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

Believe Me spawns from a starting premise: a team of frat guys decide to infiltrate Evangelical Christian Culture and embezzle its poor, trusting flock. Sam doesn’t have quite enough money to finish college. He discovers that Brothers and Sisters in Christ shy away from genuine financial accountability. (When he asks sweet, young thing how the congregation will know that she’s actually using a Missions’ Offering for her Mission Trip rather than, say, a tropical vacation, she stutters: “Well, I’m…. bringing my camera?”) Sam decides to scam the whole system: inspire gullible Christians, exhort them to donate to his faux-charity “Get Wells Soon,” and… cha-ching! Tuition accomplished. Soon enough, Sam and his motley crew find themselves on a whirlwind charity tour, digging themselves in deeper and deeper as the cash piles higher and higher.

Read the full review here.