Film: Rock: It's Your Decision
A Christian propaganda film about the evils of rock music. Jeff is given a dare by a preacher to give up rock music for a week, and research why it's bad. He takes him up on it, and soon ends up alienating everyone in sight as he becomes increasingly fundamentalist.
This film contains examples of:
- Clueless Aesop: The movie is supposed to have "Rock music will lead you down a life of sin if you don't reject it and accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior" as an aesop. It might've done an adequate job... if the main character didn't instantly turn into a supreme Jerkass and a holier-than-thou religious zealot when he finally did, turning on his friends and even his own family (who were trying to steer him away from rock music in the first place) when he starts viewing his mother's soap operas as evil, too, and ending the special raving about the evils of rock music (and homosexuality while he's at it) in front of his church group. When he reviewed it for DVD-R Hell, Brad Jones saw it more as the story of fundamentalist Christianity destroying a young man's life and alienating him from everyone and everything he loved.
- Easy Evangelism: Jeff goes from a rock fan to a rock hater at his pastor's and his parents' urging.
- Isolation Despondency: The main character's parents essentially ruin his social life by brainwashing him against rock music. The scariest part? The film treats this as a good thing.
- Large Ham: Jeff's speech at the end is done with more ham than Shatner could ever hope to amass, and Jeff also serves it up with plenty of stuffing and gravy. Seriously, don't watch that scene while eating or drinking anything, because you'll start laughing so hard you'll choke.
- Parental Hypocrisy: Pastor Owen tells Jeff's mother that while she may not approve of his listening to rock music, scripture can be interpreted just as easily against her hobby of watching soap operas. She ignores this. Later, when Jeff angrily calls her on condemning his behavior while watching "sex with commercials", she gets defensive and slaps him. Near the end, a line implies she is re-evaluating her lifestyle in the same way he did, and like him will begin preaching against something she once enjoyed harmlessly.
- Marty sees his father this way for pressuring him into attending church on Sundays, but being a Jerkass and using profanity the rest of the week.
- Poe's Law: It's apparently meant to be taken straight, but is so ham-handed it comes off as a parody of fundamentalist moralizing. What's supposed to be Jeff's redemption comes off more like a Start of Darkness as he discards his friends and family for petty reasons he clearly has no understanding of thanks to Critical Research Failure.