Fans of David A.R. White movies will love ME AGAIN. The things that people enjoy about David's movies are showcased here: plenty of humor, lighthearted moments, unexpected co-stars and some poignant moments all make this a film you'll enjoy watching.
From the outside looking in, Rich Chaplin (David A.R. White) has everything that any Pastor and family man could ever want. In reality he has lost sight of everything that matters the most, including his family.
When he wishes for a life other than his own, he suddenly finds himself trapped within the lives of everyone his apathy has affected.
This unforgettable journey brings Rich to view life through the eyes of a diverse cast of characters including an elderly woman (Della Reese), a top fashion model (Andrea Logan White), his own wife (Ali Landry) and even a goldfish! It might even take an encounter with a strangely familiar angel, (Bruce McGill) to help him realize that he is wasting his chance to love and impact the most important people in his life. Join Rich as he finds himself on a wild and hilarious ride that will change his life forever.
David's Film Satisfies Again
I like David A.R. White and I like the movies his company PureFlix produces. He's a funny guy, has a charming self-deprecating nature and the ability to bring in actors that you don't often see in other Christian films. Or, you might see them, but only after they've been in a David White film. [Actor John Schneider, who is appearing in more and more Christian films, says that the reason he's in Christian films is David White] At the same time, David has made some films that push the boundaries of what Christian audiences have come to expect from Christian filmmakers [HIDDEN SECRETS].
The writing in ME AGAIN is clever, if based on familiar themes. A man spends some time in other people's bodies to see how he is perceived as a person. We've seen this in holiday movies, movies about parents switching lives with their children, about a 13-year-old suddenly waking up in the body of a 30-year-old. It's not new, but it hasn't been done by a Christian filmmaker.
What they get right is the switches between characters and David White's character. When we look at him, we see him in someone else's clothes [and make-up – which makes for some funny moments]. But when he looks at himself in the mirror, he sees the person whose body he's inhabiting. When other characters look at him, they see him as the person he's inhabiting. But when the camera [in third person] looks at him, we see him. Confused? I was too, for about the first half, but then I settled down and made sense.
Entertaining but Not New
From a production standpoint, David's films typically have a great look. Everyone I've talked with who has worked on his films has been pleasantly surprised to get the look they do on the budget they have. It's impressive. However, on this film, the special effects used when David moves from body to body are less than impressive and remind me of the TV show Quantum Leap from the late 80s. In a film where everything else is strong, this is disappointing. Other than that, an almost impeccable production.
Yet again, David brings in a nice array of co-stars [Ali Landry, Della Reese, Bruce McGillis] and his wife [Andrea Logan White]. They have good chemistry together, and make a pleasant film. Still, you can't help but think you've seen this story before. And about half the film feels like you're watching David perform one of his stand-up routines with extra supporting cast.
It's entertaining and it's funny but it's not highly original. But then what movies are today? So enjoy the film, see if you can keep up with all of David's character changes, and make sure you have plenty of snacks, because there are so many scenes in an Italian restaurant that you're going to be hungry.
ME AGAIN does not have an MPAA rating, but could easily be PG-13 due to some mature subject matter.
Courtesy of a national publicist, Angela previewed ME AGAIN.