Writer/director Rosalind Ross’ Father Stu is a real curiosity. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver, the film is based on the true story about a bad boy boxer who turned it all around and became a Catholic priest.
This is a well-cut trailer that gets across the plot, the drama and a good bit of humour. The against-the-odds drama wasn’t really on Movies In Focus‘ radar – but it is now. It opens on 15th April 2022.
Father Stu marks the second time that Mel Gibson and Mark Wahlberg have played father and son – the first was in 2017’s Daddy’s Home 2.
Based on a true story, Father Stu is an unflinchingly honest, funny and ultimately uplifting drama about a lost soul who finds his purpose in a most unexpected place. When an injury ends his amateur boxing career, Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg) moves to L.A. dreaming of stardom. While scraping by as a supermarket clerk, he meets Carmen (Teresa Ruiz), a Catholic Sunday school teacher who seems immune to his bad-boy charm. Determined to win her over, the longtime agnostic starts going to church to impress her. But surviving a terrible motorcycle accident leaves him wondering if he can use his second chance to help others find their way, leading to the surprising realization that he is meant to be a Catholic priest. Despite a devastating health crisis and the skepticism of Church officials and his estranged parents (Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver), Stu pursues his vocation with courage and compassion, inspiring not only those closest to him but countless others along the way.