‘Father Stu’ needs redemption — and a rewrite | Faith Matters

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Mark Wahlberg has gone from a real Boston brawler to an underwear model, then a cinematic gigolo and now a priest on screen. He overshot his calling. A devout Catholic, Wahlberg obviously meant well and might have thought the story of Stuart Long, the real-life boxer-turned-priest in the new film “Father Stu,” would inspire in Holy Week and on Easter. It’s just that this vehicle goes off a cliff from the very opening scene and needs redemption right away. But it never comes. Wahlberg is buff in the brutal boxing scenes showing Father Stu’s life during his first calling and puffy as a priest wi…

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