Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

God's Pocket

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

God's Pocket

Article excerpt

God's Pocket is a dark comedy about a man and his wife. Her son is killed at work, but she does not believe that he died as his colleagues say he died. This sets off a series of adventures-maybe misadventures would be a better term. In the end, the husband finds himself living with friends from the neighborhood in Florida where they fled to escape the consequences of failing to pay a loan shark. This is a happy ending, at least as happy an ending as you could get from a dark comedy.

We chose to review the film because of its title. The movie turned out not to be about religion, except for the title. So, what is God's Pocket? It is a neighborhood where people are born, grow up, get a job (not always a legitimate job), marry, have children, and die. And their children probably do the same. It is an insular neighborhood. Outsiders are not welcome. Outsiders do not understand the neighborhood. Everyone in the neighborhood knows all about everyone else in the neighborhood. Lots of bad things happen in the neighborhood, but these things are just a part of the landscape. The bad things are familiar, they are expected. In some ways, God's Pocket is like a small town. …

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