Sometimes the hardest thing to do in film criticism is write about a film in which you are wildly indifferent on. Todd Rohal's The Catechism Cataclysm is one of those films; a not quite funny enough, not quite profound enough film that ends up being nothing but odd. Father Billy, an eccentric priest, is forced to take a sabbatical from his job for his serious lack of interest in sharing the word of the lord. Billy tracks down his high school idol Robbie, who much to his dismay, agrees to go on a canoe trip. On the trip the two men reminisce about the good old days before getting lost, with things getting progressively weirder. The Catechism Cataclysm intends to be a film which shatters all typical forms of narrative storytelling, blurring the lines between religious allegory, coming of age story, etc. While the film mostly succeeds at doing this it hardly mattered because it's all painfully unfunny. Obviously comedy is the most subjective genre out there but The Catechism Cataclysm relies far too heavily on Steven Little's tiresome schtick. While it can work great in supporting roles like Eastbound and Down, Little's efforts become stale extremely fast when solely focused on him. Robbie's stories are by far the most interesting aspect of the film. They are unique and interesting for starters but they also provide a bulk of the explanation to what the film is truly about. The Catechism Cataclysm is about the power of perception in terms of storytelling but unfortunately I found almost all the comedy, which is most of the films intent, to be stale and un-enjoyable.
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