* In Part I I began a response to the Entertainment Weekly article about movie studios looking for ways to market to the Christian audience
* In Part II I looked at the last 10 years and see how this sub genre is developing.
* In Part III we looked at two Christian motivations for this film genre: insulation and influence.
* In Part IV we discussed the sub-genre of Prairie-Christian film/tv, and the established tradition of this "encouraging" and "family friendly" genre, and it's lack of transferability to the theatrical screen.
Quick - find the closest Christian you can find. Grab them, call them, facebook message them, twitter them and ask..."What was the last film that you saw?"
My guess it was just some regular movie. They might have seen Star Trek, Fast and Furious, 17 Again, Paul Blart: Mall Cop or any other random "regular/secular movie."
The first point of this post is simple, but when it comes to movies, there's no such thing as a "Christian Movie."
If you are a Christian, I encourage you to stop using the word Christian as an adjective to describe inanimate objects.
Can a movie be Christian? I don't know has it accepted Christ as it's personal savior?
Can you have a Christian Book? (and if you do have a Christian book do you baptize it before or after the words are printed on it?)
Can you have a Christian school or a Christian coffee shop or Christian University?
Using this type of terminology to describe T-Shirts, music, businesses, TV stations, really just muddles up the terminology.
And I think that with out definiting terms, a Christian movie can be a lot of things, but usually it's just an under funded film with an inspriational story that is destined to the shelves of a "Christian bookstore."
I say there's no such thing as a Christian Movie, but as I say this, I realize the concept and term is becoming more accepted. In fact, while there are many, many, many, many, many, many, many websites and companies that focus and market the industry there's even a website called ChristianMovies.com (screenshot pictured, right), so I'm sure some people would disagree with my claim that "There is no such thing as a Christian Movie."
Second point, I think most Christian's favorite films are not "Christian films."
Alas, I think while a high proportion of people worldwide would call themselves Christian, I imagine most of these Christians favorite films do not include a film from the "Christian Film Sub-genre"
Honestly, ask your closest Christian what there favorite movie is (or the last film they saw) and I betcha, it's not a "Christian Film."