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Brother White

"Brother White" review by Suzanne
Premieres Sunday, March 11 at 7:00pm ET/PT on GMC

It's no accident that this airs on Sunday because it's all about church.  Brother White is probably fun and uplifting if you're a white Christian person. It's kind of stupid at best for the rest of us, and at worst, racist.

The story is about how this hapless pastor, James White, in a big L.A. mega-church, gets sent to a black inner-city church in Atlanta. To me, the premise is flawed to begin with. Most churches are not nationwide or world-wide, and churches in the south are pretty segregated. Plus, they just wouldn't need to import a minister. Down in the south, where I live, it seems like every other person is a minister. So how insulting is it that a white guy has to come in and "save the church" for the black people? Not to mention, the styles of preaching in a white church are very different from the style of preaching in a white church. Probably for that reason, they don't really show the minister preaching, just making a couple of short speeches.

All of the characters are very one-dimensional, as if the movie was written by someone very young without much talent. Brother White himself is not terribly likable or charismatic, and his family members are mostly stick figures, aside from the daughter, who gets a little more character development. To their credit, they have a budding friendship, that looks like it may turn to romance, between her and a young African American man. They also never once mention race or the fact that the white preacher is in a black church (which is a bit weird and unrealistic).

To give you an idea of how bad the script is, they get a lot of mileage out of the fact that his last name is "white" and that his wife's name is "Lily White". Har-de-har-har. What I don't understand is how they got really big actors to star in this, such as Bruce Davison, Ray Wise, Jackee, Reginald VelJohnson, and others. They are all past 60.  I guess if you are older, you take anything that comes along if they pay you enough. Or perhaps I'm wrong and they are just all very religious and that's why they took the roles.

Ray Wise is really good in this, as is VelJohnson and some of the younger actors. There is some really good music from gospel star BeBe Winans and others. Otherwise, there is no real point to watching this unless you are just looking for any type of Christian or wholesome movie to watch. I'm guessing some people find it uplifting. The story moves along okay if you can ignore how obvious and full of sterotypes it is.

More Info:

GMC TV Presents the Original World Premiere Movie, Brother White

The Network’s First Feature Length Comedy Will Debut on Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m. ET

Starring Emmy Award-Winner Jackée, Victoria Jackson, Reginald VelJohnson, David A. R. White, Ray Wise, Anna Margaret and Grammy Award-Winner Bebe Winans

ATLANTA, GA - January 13, 2012 - On Sunday, March 11, 2012, GMC TV, America’s favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, will present Brother White, an original GMC World Premiere Movie starring David A.R. White (“Evening Shade,” Jerusalem Countdown, Me Again), Victoria Jackson (“Saturday Night Live”), Emmy award-winning actress Jackée (“Sister Sister” “227”), Reginald VelJohnson (“Family Matters,” Die Hard), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks), Anna Margaret and Grammy Award-winner Bebe Winans. Brother White will premiere on Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m. ET. Encore dates and times are:  Sunday, March 11 at 9 p.m. ET; Monday, March 12 at 9 p.m. ET and, Friday, March 16 at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET.

Brother White is a heartwarming fish-out-of-water comedy about the power of faith and forgiveness.  Packed with soulful sounds of gospel music, a guest starring performance by Grammy award-winning artist Bebe Winans and a choir that raises the roof with messages of strength, support and praise, Brother White tells the story of an associate pastor at a rich mega church in Southern California who gets assigned to a small community church in an inner-city neighborhood in Atlanta.

“Comedy is one of the most uplifting forms of entertainment,” said Brad Siegel, vice chairman, GMC. “Brother White is a unique blend of heart and humor and represents the type of family programming GMC is committed to delivering as part of the network’s world premiere programming slate.”

James White (David A.R. White) is one of dozens of associate pastors at a successful mega church under the tutelage of television evangelist Johnny Kingman (Ray Wise). He has always longed to have his own church and jumps at the opportunity to become pastor of the impoverished Divine Faith Apostolic Church in Atlanta. His wife Lily White (Logan White) and two children, Emma (Anna Margaret) and Cooper (Gibson Sjobeck) are not enthusiastic about his new assignment. Neither is the congregation at the Divine Faith Apostolic Church, but with the help of Deacon Hill (Reginald VelJohnson), they will have to pull together to save the church from a corrupt banker who is anxious to foreclose. When Pastor White delivers the news to former first lady of the church, Veena (Jackée), that he can deliver Bebe Winans to perform at the church fundraiser, trust and a new faith begin to transform between the White family and the congregation.

Brother White is a Pure Flix Entertainment production in association with GMC. Brian Herzlinger (My Date with Drew) is the director.  Sean Paul Murphy, Matt Richards and Tommy Blaze wrote the screenplay. The film is produced by Anna Zielinski, David A.R. White, Russell Wolfe, Michael Scott and Elizabeth Travis. Brad Siegel and Suzette Schafer are executive producers.

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