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Sons of Provo is a 2004 mockumentary about the Mormon boy band Everclean. The fictional band stars Will Swenson (Will Jensen) and his brother Danny (Danny Tarasevich), and its new recruit Kirby Laybourne (Kirby Heyborne). Will Jensen directed the movie, and the songs were actually composed and performed by the three leads.

Sons of Provo: Confidential, a spin-off documentary promising to tell the "true story" of how Everclean broke up, was released in 2007 with four new songs.


Tropes in Sons of Provo:

  • Accidental Misnaming: A Running Gag for Kirby, who gets called Curly, Kermit, and Kerwin.
  • Angrish: Grayson storms out of an Everclean performance enraged by the band's hypocrisy, venting incoherently.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: "Spiritchal as Me"
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: A woman covers her son's ears while Grayson goes on a Gosh Dang It to Heck! rant against Will.
  • Elvis Impersonator: One auditions for a role in the band.
  • Food Songs Are Funny:
    • "Words of Wizzum" extols the virtues of keeping a very orthodox version of the Word of Wisdom.
    • "Nourish and Strengthen Our Bodies" is a song about blessing food, using an oft-spoken line that Mormons use in prayers.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: "Love Me, but Don't Show Me" is a song about remaining chaste after a couple gets engaged after being together for two weeks.
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  • Gilligan Cut: Danny says although he loves to compete, he isn't necessarily competitive. Cut to him throwing a tantrum over losing a board game and mini golf.
  • Good Luck Charm: Kirby treats his CTR ring like one. At one point he loses it just before a big performance, so Jill gets a plumber to get it out of the pipes.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!:
    • Will fires the band's manager Grayson for saying words like "fetchers", "oh my heck" and "butt" at a wedding.
    • Everclean has a couple songs based on this language, titled "Dang, Fetch, Oh My Heck".
  • Gratuitous Spanish: "Dang, Fetch, Oh My Heck" has a verse in Spanish where Will talks about serving as a missionary in Ecuador.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Will fires the band's manager Grayson for saying words like "flip" and "fetch". Grayson later storms out of a concert where the band performs a song filled with these words.
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  • Hypocritical Singing: The song "Spirichal as Me" is about bragging about how spiritual the singer is.
    "I'm so humble and meek, and possessing such heavenly qualities makes me proud."
  • "I Am" Song: The song "Everclean" tells what the band's mission is.
  • Intercourse with You: Inverted with "Love Me, but Don't Show Me", a song about an engaged couple practicing abstinence.
    You know girl, I love you, but I hope you comprehend
    This body is a temple and you don't got no recommend
  • Jenny's Number: Will and Danny's audition flyers have the callback number 867-5309.
  • Mockumentary: A parody of Boy Band documentaries.
  • No Animals Were Harmed: "No Mormons were harmed in the making of this film."
  • Pie in the Face: Everclean's first gig in the movie is at a pioneer festival's pie-throwing booth. They sing "I Forgive You" while children throw pies at them.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Kirby works at a scrapbook store, and Danny teaches a class of primary children.
  • Running Gag: People introducing Kirby by the wrong name.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The band performs at a wedding reception, but the scouts are practicing basketball at the same time. Will and Danny abandon their song to vent their frustration at Grayson.
  • Shout Out:
    • Yvonne says, "I'm a dancer. I dance. That's what I do," referencing the song "Let Me Dance For You" in A Chorus Line.
    • In a scene where Everclean's sound mixer Larry Leavitt gets interviewed, the computer in the background has a still from Saints and Soldiers.
  • Tempting Fate: Before the band is about to perform at a fireside, Kirby says he's confident everybody is prepared to sing and dance. During the performance, Will and Danny constantly cut off Kirby's lines.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: Will and Danny hold an audition for a new member of their band, including a kid who draws out "Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked", one who treats "You Are My Sunshine" like a rock song, and an Elvis Impersonator.
  • This Is a Work of Fiction: The film ends with the disclaimer "Everyone in this film is based on someone the creators know, so if you know the filmmakers at all, you're probably in this film. So sue us."
  • What Would X Do?: Danny holds Donny and Marie Osmond as role models, he even has a "What Would Donny & Marie Do?" poster.

Tropes in Sons of Provo: Confidential:

  • *Bleep*-dammit!: The word "heck" is bleeped out when Kirby's mom Reva says it.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: The narrator says Everclean tried their "dangedest" to deal with Mormon boy band fame.
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: After the band's breakup, Will stars in some local commercials. The movie shows his glass repair commercial, but the DVD also has parody ads for Pioneer Pies and the anti-depressant pill "NoniPhedraBiloba".
  • Pie in the Face: The DVD has a parody commercial where Will promotes Pioneer Pies by getting two pies in the face.
  • Shout Out: Jill compares the band to the cast of Diff'rent Strokes.
  • Sidetracked by the Analogy: The narrator constantly does this, comparing something that happens to the band to something else, and then running with it.
  • Toilet Seat Divorce: The band breaks up because Danny throws Arby's sauce (or horsey sauce) on Will.
  • To Be Continued... Right Now: "Coming up, the band comes together. Or does it? Yes it does."

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