Stephen Adly Guirgis’ critical and hilarious examination of the judicial system delivers the visceral thrills we expect in prison dramas. Sadistic guards, crusty and burned-out lawyers, psychopathic inmates, and “newbie” convicts who soon become hardened by the system and turns these conventions on their ears. Yet, in its rattling tin-cup heart, “Jesus Hopped” is about faith. It speaks searchingly of what makes a man good or bad, whether redemption is possible and necessary, and the urgency of prayer.
Directed by Marlon Deleon