DVD Review: Preacher’s Kid

Preacher’s Kid
DVD Edition
Directed by Stan Foster
Starring Andre Butler, Carlos Davis, Letoya Luckett, Tank, Tammy Townsend
Warner Home Video
Release Date: May 4, 2010

Preacher’s Kid is the story of Angie King, a small-town girl whose life revolves around church, taking care of her father, and serving God. Angie (played by Letoya Luckett) is a gifted singer who has dreams of joining a traveling gospel play. Her stern father (Baywatch‘s GregAllan Williams), the bishop of her church, forbids it. Angie joins the play anyway, but gets a lot more than what she bargained for, including a romance with co-star/R&B singer Devlin Mitchell (portrayed by Durrell “Tank” Babbs). Angie quickly comes to realize that all that glitters is not gold in the world of gospel stage plays. Angie is overwhelmed by the betrayal, sex, and other vices that are present on the tour bus and the hotel rooms. Angie begins to realize that many of the things she needed were at home. Can she make it back home? Will her father accept her back home? This is the dilemma that Angie faces over the course of the film.

Letoya Luckett delivers a very solid performance as Angie. The former Destiny’s Child singer, and R&B star in her own right, displays a maturity and poise that shows that she has come a long way since her days singing “No, No, No.” Durrell “Tank” Babbs also delivers a very competent performance as Devlin, the bad boy who steals Angie’s heart. Sharif Atkins (ER) delivers a very underrated performance as the music director at Angie’s home church who secretly dreams of being with Angie. Essence Atkins (Half and Half ) brings spunk and southern sassiness to the role of Peaches, the head of merchandise who becomes Angie’s best friend on the tour. The extremely underrated, hardworking actor Clifton Powell (Ray) must also be commended for delivering another solid performance as Ike, the tour manager.

Preacher’s Kid is a unique, female spin on the biblical tale of the Prodigal Son. In this case, the Prodigal Daughter goes out into the world and experiences her greatest dreams and worst nightmares. Regardless of one’s beliefs, the idea of losing your way and needing to go home again is a universal theme that most people can easily relate to. In fact, one of the special features is entitled “The Prodigal Experience.” Preacher’s Kid is an awesome tale of love, faith, and redemption.

If you want a positive, honest film, you will enjoy Preacher’s Kid.

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