Picks and Pans Review: In God We Trust

updated 11/17/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/17/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

But not in Marty Feldman, who directed and starred in this film preaching against the worldly greed of some modern fundamentalist sects. Feldman has forgotten the commandment, Thou Shalt Not Bore Thy Flock. Like The Last Remake of Beau Geste, his previous film, this one lapses into tedium. Feldman is a natural second banana, not, as he seems to think, a Chaplin, Keaton or Woody Allen. He plays a monk who is sent to Los Angeles to raise money for his monastery's mortgage payment and ends up jousting with big-and smalltime charlatans. Feldman's halting script martyrs some delightful actors. Louise Lasser plays a hooker with dry, matter-of-fact charm. Peter Boyle, an itinerant religious novelties salesman, underplays as best he can. And Taxis Andy Kaufman, as a pompadoured TV evangelist, has scant verbal material to work with. With all the comedies about God around these days, His sense of humor must be sorely tried. So is everyone else's. (PG)

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