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  • Awesome Music: Much like everything else, the score is trying to be cheesy, but there are some legitimately gorgeous moments throughout.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: While Santa Christ was convincing Rick to convert his followers, Santa Christ laughs only for him to double-over and cough-up a whole candy cane and then awkwardly gives it to Rick. It is not a pleasant moment. Subverted, as Rick waking up with the candy cane cements to him that the experience was real.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Whilst Rick is bitching about his lot in life and how nobody has it worse, an inadvertently triggered Carlos mutters "They didn't even put in a stop sign..." as Rick carries on.
    • At the end, Rick sees spectral forms of God and Santa Christ a la Return of the Jedi, abruptly joined by his brother Willy, smiling and cheering him on. Rick looks over and sees his brother lying dead on the table with the Christ Chicken Sandwich still in his mouth. It's the way everyone takes it in stride that really sells the moment.
  • Don't Shoot the Message: Brad Jones has made it clear that the object of parody here is Christian propaganda films, not the religion itself. Didn't stop the Dove Foundation from rating it zero doves regardless.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The message of the movie is that it's more important to just be a good person than try to find one form of belief that is said to make you a good person. A year after this movie came out, Brad Jones learned the hard way that "being a good person" is easier said than done.
    • Brad and co-star Allison Pregler had a falling out over the controversy surrounding her "Not So Awesome" document about years of mismanagement and misconduct from Channel Awesome. Both Brad and his family were doxxed by the more vicious supporters of the accusers, including one who called his grandmother in the middle of the night to yell at her, for remaining on the site after the document went public. The experience made Brad understandably reluctant to side with his friend Allison, who eventually disowned him altogether when he collectively told all parties involved (not only his doxxers but also Pregler and the other creators who contributed to the document) to "get over it."
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    • Regardless of the reasons that led to Brad and Allison's fallout, it is uncomfortably ironic how she played a character who had a fallout with Rick over things he was saying an internet video and how he was acting about something she strongly believed in when, in real life, Allison had a fallout with Brad over things he was saying in an internet video and how he was acting about something she strongly believed in, even if the things Brad and Rick were talking about are vastly different (religion in the movie and abuse in real life). It doesn't help that the movie ends with Elizabeth, her character, and Rick making up and laughing together (with Rob Walker, one of the three men she accused of abusing her, being in the same scene no less) when, judging by both Allison and Brad's stances on what happened between them, they will probably never make up, at least not in the near future.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In his Cinema Snob review of I'm Not Ashamed, Brad was amusingly surprised to discover that Jesus, Bro! had borrowed the same line from As You Like It as that Pure Flix film, and even did so in a similar context (an actual stage).
      Rachel Joy Scott: [in I'm Not Ashamed] Good idea, even though the whole world is my stage.
      Santa Christ: [in Jesus, Bro!] Well, if the whole world's a stage... why not Heaven?
    • The film also seems like it could be a beat-for-beat parody of the Kevin Sorbo film Let There Be Light — except that Brad's film actually came first, something that he repeatedly notes (and mocks) in his Cinema Snob review of Sorbo's movie.
  • Narm Charm: Despite the effect of the YouTube neckbeard spontaneously combusting looking rather obvious, both the producer and cast commentary burst into laughter when watching that scene.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Zach Lavoy as the park ranger and Sarah Gobble as God are standouts.
  • Special Effects Failure: While film does have a lot of effort put into its sets, its lighting and its cinematography (especially considering it's low budget), the effects shot of the random neckbearded YouTube commenter who suffers from a prayer-induced spontaneous combustion does not do justice to what is supposed to be happening.


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