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Mary and Joe (2002)

PG | | 1 October 2002 (USA)
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What if Jesus were born in the year 2002 to a young Jewish Spurning her mother's insistence that she get on with her life, Mary Chock full of ethnic flavor, whimsy, doubt, faith, joy and wonder,

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John R. Hamilton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erin Bridges Erin Bridges ... Mary
Braden Moran Braden Moran ... Joe
Linda Levine Linda Levine ... Anne Rosenblum
Don Wadsworth Don Wadsworth ... Morrie Rosenblum
Anthony McKay Anthony McKay ... Mr. Bergman
Shirley Tannenbaum Shirley Tannenbaum ... Mildred Goldstein
Amy K. Harmon ... Rhonda
Benjamin Pelteson ... Ben (as Ben Pelteson)
James Kisicki James Kisicki ... Dr. Baumgartner (as Jim Kisicki)
Josh Gad ... Angel
Isabel Iwanonkiw Isabel Iwanonkiw ... Baby Jesus (as I. Iwanonkiw)
Cali Skalski Cali Skalski ... Ellie Rosenblum
Bill Merrick Bill Merrick ... Mr. Carroll
Shian-Li Tsang ... Sherri
Kristina Carlstrom Kristina Carlstrom ... Kelly
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What if Jesus were born in the year 2002 to a young Jewish couple in New York City, instead of Bethlehem two millennia ago? Mary is an 18-year-old high school senior, and Joe, her fiancé, is 23, working hard to get Techweb established as an Internet consulting firm. Would anyone believe Mary and Joe's claim to abstinence? What kind of advice would they receive from family, friends, neighbors, and folks at the corner deli? Spurning her mother's insistence that she get on with her life, Mary is thrown out of the house, rejected by Joe, and expelled from school as she grows larger with child. Her family doctor is baffled; his examination reveals her story to be true! Mary goes to live with her beautician cousin in a crowded apartment, and begins to lose heart. But a sassy Hispanic angel in a Mets cap and jacket wrestles Joe in an alleyway and makes him listen to the divine message of the miraculous, "Fear Not." The couple is reunited and together face a hostile and unbelieving world. ... Written by Del Rey Communications

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What if we were still waiting for Christmas?

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1 October 2002 (USA) See more »

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Intriguing Modern Retelling of the Nativity Story
23 November 2002 | by srritenourSee all my reviews

John Hamilton has produced one of the most original versions of the Christian Nativity story in quite some time. Hamilton begins with the premise, "What if we were still waiting for Christmas?" and he succeeds in making a film that is by turns heart warming, heart wrenching, and, finally, joyous.

By setting the biblical account of Mary and Joseph in contemporary New York, Mr. Hamilton confronts his audience with the news of the impossible. The film begins with Mary being told by her doctor that her pregnancy test came back positive, a fact she finds incredible because she is a virgin. Through watching how the parents, friends, and neighbors of Mary and Joe react to this unmarried pregnant high school senior, and how Mary and Joe deal with this reality personally, we are given the opportunity to evaluate our own reactions to such a claim.

Outstanding performances include Erin Bridges as Mary, Linda Levine as Anne Rosenblum (Mary's mother), and Josh Gad as the Angel.

The writer and director of Mary and Joe is obviously no skeptic, but he is no peddler of evangelical kitsch either. John Hamilton has produced a serious though not stuffy film examining the miracle of the Incarnation.


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