Director: Rosalind Ross
Writer: Rosalind Ross
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, Annet Mahendru
Based on a true story, Father Stu 2022 stars Mark Wahlberg as a cocky, womanizing boxer who gets into a car accident, becomes terminally ill, and later becomes a priest. It seems like the kind of role Wahlberg is looking for these days to try to prove to the world that he’s a good person. He can still play a boxer and dress like it’s the 1970s but, like Joe Bell from last year, he seems to carry a lot of weight to counteract his negative public image. Joe Bell was about a father grieving for his gay son; Wahlberg once angrily defended Shabba Ranks’ homophobic comments and was “freaked out” by Brokeback Mountain. Meanwhile, this movie is proof that people can change their ways for the better. And if the priest in this movie can do it, so can Wahlberg, a man whose history includes chasing black children while throwing rocks and shouting racist epithets, and was charged with attempted murder after attacking a Vietnamese American from middle age.
Mel Gibson’s professional rehabilitation is gaining momentum. Ever since his career exploded into a mess of drunkenness, anti-Semitism, domestic abuse and a series of genuinely awful voicemails, Gib has slowly worked his way out of the hole he dug for himself. He started small, with small roles in sequels like Machete 2, The Expendables 3 and Daddy’s Home 2. He accelerated with his Oscar-nominated film Hacksaw Ridge, and then hit a rut with Fatman, where he played a grizzled, bitter Santa. Claus. And now he seems unstoppable.
Gibson’s upcoming projects include a CIA thriller that he stars in with Jason Isaacs, a John Wick spin-off series and a Lethal Weapon sequel that he also plans to direct. But before all that comes Father Stu. And Father Stu will require some explaining.
Had this been a one-man redemption offer, there’s a slim chance it could have worked. But he won’t, because he co-stars Mel Gibson. Gibson, at least judging by the trailer, plays a grizzled mechanic who hates God but, and this is just a wild stab in the dark, he’ll probably see the light eventually. He can also do good things, as long as you can ignore all the unquestionable evil he has done.
Now, Gibson isn’t playing the lead here. This is a minor character, and one that initially doesn’t seem to add much to the story. And with the Oscars still smarting from all the accusations of racism that he intermittently has to defend himself against, the last thing he wants to do is embrace a movie starring a man who once told a police officer that “Jews are responsible for all wars”. in the world”.
This is not to disparage Ross’s accomplishments at all. Although this is the first film that she directed, she was previously a writer for Matador, a program that was broadcast in the United States by the El Rey network and was about a soccer player who was also a spy. According to her IMDb page, she also has a Boudicca movie in the works. By all accounts, she is an up-and-comer. And it’s hard to see how she could be riding Mel Gibson’s coattails, since he’s spent the last 15 years as a toxic outcast. Sure, she may not have the best handle on Gibson’s career – he was 35 when she was born and had already done three Mad Max movies, three Lethal Weapon movies and Braveheart before she started school – but wouldn’t you choose the man you love in your movie?
Maybe I’m slightly biased towards Father Stu as a movie. I have long believed that any character named Stu or Stuart in a movie is destined to be an irredeemable asshole. Pierce Brosnan’s horrible character in Mrs Doubtfire is called Stu. The guy who runs the Overlook Hotel in The Shining is named Stuart. Matthew Lillard’s character in Scream was named Stu. There is a Minion named Stuart, for screaming out loud. There is nowhere to hide.
But Father Stu 2022 softens the blow a bit. The titular him Stu de him seems like a truly inspiring figure, a man committed to helping people even in the face of agonizing death. He looks like he could be the One Good Stu. And, of course, the movie he stars in looks terrible, like the kind of thing that will generate most of his income from playing in churches. And, of course, the director could be a 31-year-old with no experience. And, of course, it stars someone who has done so many bad things that it’s honestly hard to watch. But hey, Stus needs to take what he can get.
Easily one of the weirdest trailers I’ve seen in a long time came a couple of days ago. It was for “Father Stu,” an almost impossible-to-define drama in which Mark Wahlberg goes from womanizing boxer to full-fledged Catholic priest. Yes, you heard me right. The film is written and directed by Rosalind Ross and features a supporting cast that is anchored by Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver. It’s clearly set as a story of redemption, but the weirdness of Wahlberg playing a priest is hard to beat.
Watch Father Stu 2022 Official Trailer: