SALVATION BOULEVARD is a modern comedy based on the book of the same title by Larry Beinhart (WAG THE DOG) about Pastor Dan Day, a charismatic evangelical preacher (Pierce Brosnan) who has captivated a small western American town with his charm - and the promise of a sweet real estate development. Carl (Greg Kinnear) is a former follower - not of Christ, but of the Grateful Dead - who has since become "found" in Dan's Evangelical community, serving as one of the preacher's great examples of spiritual and moral transformation. But Carl's new belief system is turned upside down when he witnesses a sinful act that Pastor Dan's doughy henchman (Jim Gaffigan) aims to cover up.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
There is the inkling of a strong, interesting idea here ... but "Salvation Boulevard" is itself too loosely tethered to the actual world to make the point with the necessary vigor or acuity.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 07.14.2011
Careless and bedraggled in its storytelling and never aiming its sights beyond the most obvious targets.Andrew Barker, Variety, 07.11.2011
Silly cat-and-mouse comedy doesn't make much of its evangelist-mocking premise.John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 07.11.2011
Without the humor, the stereotypes that define these characters aren't satirical; they're just mean-spirited and dull.Ian Buckwalter, NPR, 07.14.2011