In the tradition of “The Mouths of Babes,” intrepid interviewer Daryn Tufts and filmmaker Jed Knudsen tour the country documenting the hilarious misconceptions people have about Latter-day Saints. From New York to Los Angeles, this sidesplitting collection of man-on-the-street interviews helps answer the question: What in the world do people think of us?
On the fly and completely candid, Jed Knudsen and Daryn Tufts host a conversation about what Americans know about Mormonism. They take to the streets with little money and subpar filmmaking equipment, and with that alone in mind, one can appreciate the effort and spirit of how these filmmakers fearlessly tackle the subject they wish to talk about.The comedy of American Mormon lies in the interview process, how Knudsen and Tufts go cross-country to ask a slew of Americans about what they know about the Latter-Day Saints (LDS). The result is widely diverse, from conservative theology-based families to people bestowed with supernatural powers. It is very funny to see just how all over the place the thoughts are. Knudsen and Tufts ask a lot of questions in their film, and the result is entertaining. That said, with such a short documentary, they do not seem to answer any of these questions. They make the point that Americans certainly have misconceptions about the LDS Church, but they never correct them or provide facts. It’s definitely entertaining, but from the standpoint of someone wanting to learn something, American Mormon might seem frustrating. If an escapism documentary exists, American Mormon might be as close as one can get, at least in subject matter. There are some brief references to polygamy and drug use, but since it does not occupy much of the film, it comes down to how the film’s principle subject focuses on Mormonism. The film is Dove-Approved for Ages 12+, as the content may require a more mature audience.