Guess what? Kirk thinks it deserves more than 50%! Apparently, the film's favorability level on Rotten Tomatoes started out at around 50%. So, let it be recorded that Kirk got an idea that triggered a rotten tomato tsunami. He decided to use his 2,000,000 Facebook fandom to affect the numbers, so to speak:
Help me storm the gates of Rotten Tomatoes!This pushed the percentage up to around 94%, until his sneaky little plan got posted onto r/Atheist and the battle was afoot! The atheists swarmed much like the Cameron-bots and the movie now sits at 33%.
All of you who love Saving Christmas - go rate it at Rotten Tomatoes right now and send the message to all the critics that WE decide what movies we want our families to see! If 2,000 of you (out of almost 2 million on this page) take a minute to rate Saving Christmas, it will give the film a huge boost and more will see it as a result!
Thank you for all your help and support in putting the joy of Christ back in Christmas!
Now Kirk seems a little upset about this. He's not admitting it, but I'm pretty sure that at some level he's a little miffed that atheists are doing more or less precisely what he wanted his fans to do. Like, his evil plan sort-of kind-of backfired. Praise God!
But Cameron and Doane claim that atheist activists quickly took to social media, where they encouraged fellow nonbelievers to post negative reviews in an effort to bring the score back down.Oh sure, that's totally different. One could also argue that armed with enough poor plot points and (true) details about any film, one could make a reasonably informed decision not to see the movie because it sounds absolutely awful. No word either on whether all the reviews left by Cameron's followers were actually people who saw the film themselves. I rather doubt it.
“They were giving actual plot points,” Cameron said. “They gave them plot points on the website for them to use in their reviews saying why it was so bad.”
Cameron drew a distinction between his original message asking for supporters to voice their approval for the film from activists’ purportedly attempt to lower the score simply for the mere sake of it.
Well, it turns out that Kirk is actually happy about this afterall. Apparently this hooplah has given the film more press, which is translating to good turnout.
I wonder how many of these people are actually undercover atheists wanting a good laugh or... perhaps... they would like to see the film before leaving a well-informed negative review on Rotten Tomatoes? At any rate, the film sounds so bad it might be good -- as bad-good as Nicholas Cage Left Behind? Maybe! I have faith in Cameron!
Film critics, whose job it is to rate movies and let us know whether or not they suck, seem almost unanimously rotten. They rate it an 8% freshness rating which is 6% better than Cage's disaster movie.
Kirk Cameron is flummoxed!
“It amazes me that the critics can’t discern what it is that I’m actually doing so strategically here. what my audience loves to do at Christmas time is the same thing I like to do at Christmas time,” he said. “We love to go to church and go see a glorious Christmas pageant … and that Christmas pageant always has a few things that we look forward to every time.”You know, I always thought A Charlie Brown Christmas was a sort of Christmas pageant. I mean, it was a movie all about a freaking Christmas pageant! That got 92% on Rotten Tomatoes! Perhaps Kirk should have laid off the steroids:
“That’s exactly what I made for my audience. I made a Christmas pageant on steroids and I put it right in the public theater at a time when Christmas pageants are not allowed in public schools,” he said. “And the atheists promoted it for us. And how do they not see what I was doing?”Too many pageant steroids, Kirk.
Oh, and I think they see what you were doing just fine, Kirk.
As for me, when it hits Netflix, I might just watch this beast (the movie, not Kirk). Or perhaps I'll wait for it to show up in the DVD bargain bin. Or perhaps I'll wait for Mystery Science Theatre 3000 to someday return and include it in some sort of Christmas special of their own. Yeah, that would be a great Christmas pageant!