By Don Simpson | October 16, 2011
Director: Todd Rohal
Writer: Todd Rohal
Starring: Steve Little, Robert Longstreet, Wally Dalton, Miki Ann Maddox, Koko Lanham, Rico, Joe Ivy, Jay Wesley Cochran
Father William Smoortser (Steve Little) begins The Catechism Cataclysm with a “110% real story” to a few seniors of his congregation; unfortunately the story has nothing to do with the Good Book, instead the moral of Father William’s story: “If you are going to have a senior moment, make it a memorable one.” Because of his misguidedly goofball antics, Father William is sent on an early vacation.
Father William meets up with his childhood idol, his sister’s ex-boyfriend, Robbie Shoemaker (Robert Longstreet) — not to be confused with the “famous” Robbie Shoemaker from Defrockation. Like a surreal joke, the Catholic priest and the former metal-head go on a canoe trip which begins with Father William dropping his bible into a toilet full of diarrhea. If that is not a bad omen, I really do not know what is… Thus the story culminates with a mind-blowing reference to Katsuhito Ishii’s Funky Forest: The First Contact… As if I did not see that one coming? Uh, wait? What? Wow. I did not see that one coming.
Produced by Rough House Pictures (David Gordon Green, Jody Hill, Matt Reilly and Danny McBride), The Catechism Cataclysm is an incredibly wacky and absurd buddy movie (Eric Kohn from indieWIRE accurately describes Todd Rohal’s film as Old Joy on crack”) that remains coherent enough — even though the narrative often finds itself teetering on the brink of nonsensical — to intelligently discuss the trials and tribulations of modern priesthood. Cultural temptations for a man of faith are stronger today than ever — rock music, the Internet, Robbie Shoemaker, Asian chicks named Tom Sawyer (Koko Lanham) and Hucklebilly Finn (Miki Ann Maddox), and god only knows what else…