What Would Jesus Buy? (2007)
Join Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they exorcise the spiritual powers of compulsive consumption. Bill Talen left San Francisco where he was a talented actor and found his true calling when he landed in New York City's Time Square. There he began his warnings about the "shopocalypse" that pedals endless credit and lands us in eternal debt. Reverend Billy dons a white tux and a faux clerical collar for his street theater — preaching in Starbucks or prophesying against billion dollar corporate profits built on the backs of Bangladeshi children who sew our clothes for seven cents an hour. Most of this documentary follows the Reverend and his choir as they tour America in two junker buses the month before Christmas 2005. You can imagine the sacred shrines they visit on this anti-pilgrimage, including the Mall of America, the headquarters of Wal-Mart, the Las Vegas strip, and the ultimate virtual reality on Christmas Day — Disneyland, home of the antichrist, Mickey Mouse. The film interviews shopoholics and cultural critics alike (Jim Wallis, Bill McKibben, Andrew Young). Produced by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), this creative social satire would be great for family viewing.