Comfort and Joy (Manuscript)

Dove "Family-Approved"
For Ages 12 and Over

Synopsis

“It’s a Wonderful Life” meets “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. Just before Christmas, a small town minister is being threatened with replacement for having failed to expand his parish. He brainstorms the perfect solution: hire a director to mount a special effects-laden Nativity pageant that will pack the church.

When rehearsals become more and more Fellini-esque, he discovers to his horror that the director he’s hired is an out-patient from a local mental facility. Rather than admit defeat and crush the cast’s dreams, he decides to join them in the most original Nativity ever seen, complete with motorcycles, runaway animals and rock and roll.

Dove Review

The Dove Family-Approved manuscript for “Comfort and Joy” promises a really cute, heartfelt Christmas story that is just a little bit different. A church in a small town struggles with dwindling attendance and when the associate pastor doesn’t put more bodies in the seats, his job is on the line. He decides to put on a nativity scene play extravaganza but of course nothing goes according to plan.

While it is disconcerting that the character working against our hero associate pastor is the senior pastor, good triumphs over evil. One of my favorite aspects of this story was the inclusion of social less-than-desirables within the production of the nativity story. There is some questionable clothing as well as some scenes regarding marital intimacy that, if handled carefully, should not affect the Dove rating. There are some uses of “Oh God” or “My God” which if said reverently, should not be a problem. I for one am looking forward to seeing this manuscript produced to make it on the big screen.

NOTE: WE SUGGEST THE AUTHOR READ OUR REVIEW AND BE CAUTIOUS AS TO THE CLOTHING AND HOW THE “OH MY GOD” COMMENTS ARE USED.

Content Description

Sex: Sexual innuendo between married people (pp 20-21); three instances of married people kissing (pp. 24, 81, 92); “post-coital glow” (p. 84); transvestite pecks man on cheek (p. 111).
Language: G-5 (pp. 7, 58, 91, 93, 98); OMG-3 (p. 14, 100, 103); H-1 (p. 55); Frickin-1 (p. 69)
Violence: None.
Drugs: Some drinking.
Nudity: Scantily-clad Door Mouse (p.13); scantily-clad hooker (p. 45.)
Other: Blackmail (p.34); transvestite (p. 48); drag queen (p.57)

Info

Reviewer: Carrie Clark
Source: Manuscript
Company: Unknown
Writer: Ian Patrick Williams
Genre: Christmas