Killer Diller

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +3

Cast: William Lee Scott, Lucas Black, Fred Willard, Lawrence Lowe, Ronreaco Lee, Ashley Johnson, Niki J. Crawford. Writer/director: Tricia Brock. In limited release.

Through an arrangement with the sheriff, Wesley Benfield (William Lee Scott), a repeat car thief is released from jail into the hands of Back on Track Again House, a halfway house for throwaway youths in the rural college town of Fayette, Missouri. The house is run by devout Baptist Ned Sears (Fred Willard) who immediately gets the youngster involved in their choir, a spiritless group made up of other indentured delinquents.

During one of their outings to entertain at a retirement home, Wesley encounters Vernon (Lucas Black), a quirky local suffering from a form of autism, who drives through town in his make-believe vintage Plymouth. But Vernon also happens to be a talented piano player, gifted in church music and the blues. Vernons ability and passion quickly rejuvenates the other members.

I wouldnt want to give the impression that this is a church film meant to evangelize. Indeed, some of my Baptist brothers are going to shift uneasily in their seats when the choirs mini-skirted lead singer gyrates to the groups rousing blues number done at a Christian convention. However, the film contains some positive examples of the Christian walk, as well as some not so. The cartoonish college president doesnt behave in a Christ-like manner, but the lead, a James Dean-ish rebel, speaks up for Christ when a couple of fellow inmates belittle those of faith. There are several other positive messages, including looking out for one another and sacrificing for others. Funny, touching, charming, Killer Diller is in limited release and worth looking for. To find out where and when it will reach your area, go to

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Bulwark Entertainment

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: There are 4 or 5 harsh words, mainly the s-word and several expletives such as damn and hell.

Profanity: Two times Jesus name is misused.

Violence: Brief barroom brawl. Vernon has a bad reaction when hes criticized and goes into a fit.

Sex: None, though a mini-skirted college-aged girl moves provocatively when singing. The lead makes out with a girl he just met in a bar.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: There are a couple of sexual innuendos.

Drugs: The young lead has a drink in a bar.

Other: Vernons father is anti-church and rough as a cob, but as the story progresses, he becomes more dimensional and learns as many lessons as the younger people. Though there is some language and a bit of sexual tease, the material is not meant to be exploitive, but there to reflect a rebellious youth who eventually matures.

Running Time: 92 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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