Father Stu (2022)

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Father Stu is an amateur boxer from Helena, Montana with a foul mouth and a troubled relationship with his mother and alcoholic father. His brother Stephen died at age six, leading to a rift in the family and causing his parents to be hostile towards religion. He moves to southern California to try to make it as an actor, and gets a job in a grocery store, reasoning that everyone shops for groceries and it will be easier to get connected in the entertainment industry. He is arrested for a DUI and attempts to steal his father’s truck to make it to an audition.

While working in the store he meets a woman named Carmen, whom he tracks to a local Catholic parish, where she is a volunteer Sunday school teacher. Carmen resists his advances at first, but Stu is persistent. She tells him she would not even consider dating him unless he gets baptized. Stu agrees and begins RCIA at the parish. He is befriended by a fellow parishioner named Ham, but is looked down upon by another named Jacob. Both Ham and Jacob are headed for the seminary. Stu is baptized in the parish. He and Carmen begin dating and he later meets her parents.

Stu gets an apartment and tries to clean up his drinking, and lands an acting role on an infomercial. However, he faces discouragement and returns to the bar one night where a mysterious man gives him some advice and tells him not to drive home. Stu ignores the advice and drives drunk on a motorcycle, crashing in to a car and being thrown off the motorcycle and run over by another car. Severely injured, he drifts in and out of consciousness and has a vision of the Blessed Mother who tells him that he cannot die in vain. After EMTs arrive, Stu is transported to the hospital, where a doctor tells Stu’s mother that he is going to die. Suddenly he begins to stir in the hospital and begins making a miraculous recovery. His father visits and re-establishes contact, though their relationship is still very strained.

Carmen visits Stu as he is recovering at home and the two have sex, which she had previously said she would not do before marriage, leading to intense regret for both of them. Stu confesses the sin and begins to transform himself to be the man that Mary asked him to be. He begins feeling a call to the priesthood, and after prayer and discernment decides to pursue the seminary. He asks Carmen to come with him to a restaurant where she thinks he is going to propose to her. When he tells her of his plan, she tries to convince him not to do it, as do his mother and father, to no avail. Stu applies to the seminary and is rejected at first, but visits in person to appeal to the rector and is accepted. By this point, Ham and Jacob are also in the seminary. Ham is a reliable friend, but Jacob is something of a rival.

One day while playing basketball with fellow seminarians, Stu falls and is unable to get up on his own. He is diagnosed with inclusion body myositis, a rare muscular disease similar to Lou Gehrig’s disease which has no cure and typically does not strike people as young as he is, and the prognosis is grim. Stu is angry with God but comes to understand his suffering as a gift from God which draws him closer to the suffering of Christ, and with much difficulty continues in the seminary. Carmen, now engaged to another man, visits him at the seminary and supports his vocation. After some time passes, he begins losing use of his hands. The rector tells Stu that he cannot be ordained, citing his inability to celebrate the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. Stu moves back to Montana with his parents, who care for him as his muscles continue to decay, his weight increases, and he loses the ability to live independently. His father, meanwhile, attends Alcoholics Anonymous, where he admits in group therapy that he feels partly responsible for his son’s condition by his neglect and absence.

The parishioners from Stu and Carmen’s church in California petition the Diocese of Helena to ordain Stu, to which the bishop agrees, and Stu is ordained in Montana with Carmen, Ham, and his parents in attendance. Father Stu begins ministry and quickly develops relationships with people in Montana. He is later confined to a skilled nursing facility, where he continues to minister to the people of the diocese, who flock to see him every day. Jacob visits him there and during confession admits that he never felt capable of becoming a priest and only pursued it to please his father. Father Stu assures him that there are other ways to serve God and he does not need to feel pressured to do something he isn’t called to do. After the confession, Jacob thanks Father Stu and wishes him goodbye, sensing it will be the last time. Father Stu dies at the age of 50. The closing credits show real images of Stu from his childhood and turbulent young adulthood to his time in the seminary and as a priest.

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Tagline:God wanted a fighter… and He found one.
Genre: Drama
Duration: 124 Min