The First Temptation of Christ Review: A Worthy, More Ambitious Follow-Up Loving Thy Neighbor

3.5

Summary

Bigger, more ambitious, and equally provocative, this is a worthwhile follow-up to a smart, necessary idea.

The First Temptation of Christ (Netflix) debuted on December 3, 2019.


Since mockery of religion is such an essential thing, a film like Rodrigo Van Der Put’s The First Temptation of Christ, which mocks enthusiastically and without mercy, is worthy of respect. A follow-up to The Last Hangover, a satirical reimagining of the Last Supper, this new 45-minute skewering is wilder, more erratic, and less concise in its degradation of the almighty. Still, it has enough acidic wit to be worth the modest investment.

The setup is that Jesus (Gregório Duvivier) attends his 30th birthday surprise party with his boyfriend Orlando (Fábio Porchat). The party, thrown by José (Rafael Portugal) and Maria (Evelyn Castro), has a number of high-profile biblical guests, including God (Antonio Tabet), which prompts plenty of debate about parental rights and responsibilities as Christ grapples not just with his parentage but with his own spiritual journey.

The First Temptation of Christ is full of hits and misses, but it’s mostly funny and well-written enough to not get bogged down by the moments which work either less well or not at all. The film’s setup provides plenty of ripe and provocative comedic material which will be relished by those who enjoyed The Last Hangover and predictably reviled by those who didn’t. Its predecessor was a better overall piece of work, but The First Temptation of Christ can match its highs, if not the frequency with which they’re achieved. That Netflix is willing to publish short international films this daring is a positive thing too, especially at this time of year, and from a country boasting the largest number of Catholic Christians in the world.


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Jonathon Wilson

Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.

13 thoughts on “The First Temptation of Christ Review: A Worthy, More Ambitious Follow-Up

  • December 5, 2019 at 11:26 am
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    Honestly, Netflix is getting ridiculous. Even if I weren’t a Christian, this is so overplayed that it really seems like low-hanging fruit to me.

    Wanna be edgy, Netflix? Make a parody of Muhammad’s life. NOBODY’S doing that one right now. I’m sure there’s a market… 😉

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    • December 12, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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      Exactly, this is low-hanging fruit. This is not edgy, and it’s not provocative. All it is is Netflix attacking Christians as they always do. Mocking them making fun of them. I’m still waiting for the game of Muhammad peace come out at Ramadan. They don’t have the balls to do that though. They can attack Christians cuz they know they won’t fight back.

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      • December 29, 2019 at 2:21 pm
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        The Christians did fight back though. The headquarters had a Molotov cocktail thrown at at.

    • December 15, 2019 at 6:37 am
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      They did it in their YouTube channel, I think 5 times or more

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  • December 13, 2019 at 3:28 am
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    They should make a gay Muhammad special on Ramadan…

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    • December 15, 2019 at 6:39 am
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      They did it yet, in their YouTube channel. But It would not make sense in a christmas special, cause It is… CHRISTmas…

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      • December 15, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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        Your right, I did mention Ramadan which is a Muslim holiday. Christmas is not a biblical holiday but a pagan one

  • December 13, 2019 at 7:30 am
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    You are one sick dude. I’m sure that what awaits you, you won’t find funny.

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  • December 13, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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    I don’t know why these people keep attacking Christians thinking we won’t fight back. It’s ridiculous. Can’t you do a movie without blaspheming the religious beliefs of people? That’s so disrespectful to all Christians in the world and we will fight back this time. Leave Jesus Christ alone. Period!!!

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    • December 15, 2019 at 6:35 am
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      I’m a brazillian, a christian brazillian, I loved this movie. First thing yall need to know before atack me: Christ is not a religion. You don’t need to fight back, to protect the name of God, Christ NEVER said: “When someone atack you, you fight back”, he said that you don’t have to react, he don’t need protection or news “White Knights”. Another thing, the old testament God is not the same new testament God, so, If a preacher say to you that cursing against others in the name of God is valid because a Bible verse says this, or that God will punish such a person, don’t trust him, remember that the bible also say that Jesus died for you and me, remember too that the bible said that your tongue have the power of edificate, and you have to use it (The tongue) just for edification, never for a curse. Well, this group (Porta dos Fundos) is a comedian group, they make the other people laugh, they make my day everyday in their YouTube channel and saved me of depression. Man, I can say something, they are angels to me. God can use everyone, the bible say, even the cetic, even the atheo, even the Porta dos Fundos to save a live, and the devil can use even a preacher to destroy the word of God. Yall don’t need to defend God ir attack again, yall need to love, love make love, love make a better world, love is God.

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      • December 17, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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        This movie is just a dumb attempt to attack the faith of Christians around the world. No true believer of the gospel of Christ will find this funny. I just feel pity for the cast and crew because no one uses the name of God in vain and goes scot free. Your freedom of expression ends when u mention the name of God. Potraying God with sexual relations and Jesus with Gay relations shows u are speaking against God and no one does that and goes scot free!!!!!

      • December 18, 2019 at 4:57 pm
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        You are full of bull. You must not know your bible. The God of the old testament and the new testament are not 2 different gods.

        We already live in a world where media influence creates chaos for so many and hurts so many when used irresponsibly. This film is disgustingly irresponsible. Words cannot explain how horrible, tasteless and rotten this is.

        Galations: 6:7
        7 Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap

  • December 17, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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    “Since mockery of religion (EXCEPT ISLAM) is such an essencial thing…”

    There, I fixed it for you.

    Hypocrite!

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