Let the Church Say Amen

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"A prominent reverend balances his duty to the church."
  • 2013
  • 1 hr 23 min
  • 7.3  (201)

Let the Church Say Amen is a 2013 drama film that explores the dynamics of family, faith, and forgiveness in a small African American community in Georgia. The film is directed by actress Regina King and stars Steve Harris, Naturi Naughton, and Lela Rochon in leading roles. The movie tells the story of the St. James family, who are well-known members of their small church congregation. The father, Reverend Simon St. James (Steve Harris), is a respected pastor who has dedicated his life to serving his community. His wife, Evelyn (Lela Rochon), is a supportive and loving partner who has stood by him through thick and thin. Their two adult children, Rachel (Naturi Naughton) and David (Jesse Hutch), are both successful in their respective careers but struggle with personal demons.

As the film opens, Rachel returns home after a long absence, seeking refuge from a failed relationship and a career setback. David, on the other hand, is struggling with a drug addiction that threatens to destroy his life. Their parents, who have been so focused on helping others, struggle to come to terms with their own family's problems.

The St. James family is also dealing with the death of their matriarch, who passed away recently. Her death has left a void in their lives, and although they try to remain strong for one another, their grief is palpable. The church, with its rich history and sense of community, becomes a symbol of hope and healing for the family.

As the film progresses, the family's problems come to a head, forcing them to confront their issues head-on. Rachel finds herself drawn to her childhood friend, Isaac (Steve Molony), who has always been there for her, but struggles to reconcile her feelings with her doubts about commitment. David's addiction spirals out of control, leading to a series of devastating consequences. Reverend St. James must grapple with his son's addiction and his own shortcomings as a father, putting his faith to the ultimate test.

Despite the challenges they face, the St. James family finds solace in each other and in the church community. They learn that true forgiveness is a process, and that it requires courage and humility. They must confront painful truths about themselves and each other, but ultimately find that their love for one another can overcome even the most difficult of obstacles.

The film is notable for its sensitive portrayal of African American family life, showcasing the complexities and richness of the community. The performances by the lead actors are outstanding, especially Steve Harris as the conflicted but loving Reverend St. James. The supporting cast, including Roger Guenveur Smith as the jovial church deacon, also shine in their roles.

Let the Church Say Amen is a moving and thought-provoking film that celebrates the power of faith and family. It reminds us that even in the darkest of times, we can find hope and love in unexpected places.

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    1 hr 23 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (201)