Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul" exhibits the strain of the magnification process -- as premises go, feeling a little light in terms of the collection plate.

The central performances, however, make this dark satire awkwardly watchable, with Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall as the disgraced pastor and his wife desperately plotting a comeback.

Pastor Childs, are the allegations true?" Brown's Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs is asked near the outset, while leaving the specifics of the scandal purposefully vague for much of the movie.

Eventually, amid references to "the settlement" paid out to those wrong, they resort to roadside preaching, an indication of how far the mighty have fallen.

The details are actually relatively insignificant, as the relentlessly upbeat pastor and his wife Trinitie (Hall) work to rebuild their Atlanta megachurch

That device represents the kind of thing that student filmmakers use, and writer-director Adamma Ebo -- who produced the film along with her twin sister Adanne, the stars,

While "Honk for Jesus" isn't a perfect movie, give it praise for at least being an interesting one. "Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul" premieres Sept. 2 in US theaters and on Peacock. It's rated R.

Having made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, "Honk for Jesus" obviously has commentary about the transactional nature of certain religious outfits baked into the concept