Growing Pains actor Kirk Cameron has resorted to begging his fans to give his latest film a decent review after his festive venture was panned on Rotten Tomatoes.
Saving Christmas, described as an “engaging movie with a biblical basis” had an average rating of just two out of 10 at its lowest on the film review website. It stars the former 80s child star Cameron as himself - a devout Evangelical Christian – who wants to bring religion to the forefront of our consciousness during the festive season.
His film promises to “put Christ back into Christmas” and features Cameron doing back flips at what appears to be a hip-hop dancing party, among other things.
Cameron’s religious views have proved controversial in the past when he expressed his disapproval of homosexual relationships, calling them “unnatural” and "ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilisation”.
Unfortunately for Cameron, his film has not been well received by some, particularly on the Rotten Tomatoes forum. One review quips: “Cameron's preferred tool of engagement is a prybar, applied to your eyelids with an indelicate hand.”
Another is more forthright: “This may be one of the least artful holiday films ever made. Even devout born-again Christians will find this hard to stomach.”
The deluge of negative reviews led to a desperate Cameron issuing an appeal for support on Facebook, writing: “Help me storm the gates of Rotten Tomatoes!
“All of you who love Saving Christmas - go rate it at Rotten Tomatoes right now and send the message to all the critics that WE decide what movies we want our families to see! If 2,000 of you (out of almost 2 million on this page) take a minute to rate Saving Christmas, it will give the film a huge boost and more will see it as a result!”
His plea did seem to work for a short period of time as positive reviews moved the rating up to 92 per cent.
However “the haters and atheists”, as he described his reviewers on his Facebook, have since come out of the woodwork and ratings have slumped to 4.4 out of ten.
Despite the help from his Saving Christmas fans, he could not be saved from his film critics.
“An unholy mess” was the verdict from the LA Times, while the Washington Post dismissed it as 80 minutes of “preachy car talk that feels like Sunday school combined with cheerleading practice".
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