Reviewed by: Ken James
|Featuring:||Trey Reynolds, Kristen Keene|
|Producer:||Lorene Wales, Kristen Mustoe, Jason Garrett|
“Dang” is one of those film you want to like. it’s got a positive and timely message about abstinence for teens and college aged, has decent technical ability, and is injected with plenty of good ole’ fashion humor. Yet “Dang” is one of those films that will only be acceptable to some, despite the positive biblical message.
David is a typical male college student: he’s got sex on the brain. But he isn’t typical of most other orgy-like college fliks that hit the theater with an R-rating. Unlike the supposed “heros” of such films, David is a virgin who has committed to God his plan to stay so until marriage. Way to go David! But David is also realistic enough to know that “things of the flesh” can be too much of a temptation to overcome sometimes.
The film starts with our young protagonist working the college post office. Naturally, “Victoria’s Secret” catalogues arrive often in the mail for several of the students, and David faces the temptation to take a peek. He does (and so does the camera for a few seconds). With this, the audience learns that David knows that his struggles in this area sometimes succumb to the short satisfaction and rush. Soon after this incident, we find him with some other friends in the cafeteria when in walks the woman that David considers “Dang!”… she’s physically perfect! And what’s more, she’s got a thing for David. The remainder of the 18-minute story centers around David and the situation he finds himself in with this woman, facing the imminent possibility of spending the night with her together on a deserted beach.
The Christian church has been far too silent on this issue, for sure. Sex is a huge thing in our culture, and I haven’t seen much indication that sexual promiscuity among professing Christian teens is anything different from their non-Christian counterparts, sadly. what’s up with that?
I know of several other Christian videos that also deal with such topics from various approaches, including: “Searching for True Love”, Pamela’s Prayer, “Sex, Love and Relationships” and “Only Once”. “Dang” stands apart, in that it is a comedy and a step in a new direction for Christian film, but I’m afraid the crudeness of the film will be too much for any conservative youth pastor or church.