Believe It or Not: Vito Bonafacci Preaches to the Choir
For a film about spiritual crisis, Vito Bonafacci is surprisingly placidall lush widescreen photography and soothing strings. But thats because John Martoccias movie isnt really concerned with reflecting on the difficulties of faith so much as instructing the already converted. After a dream in which he dies and goes to hell, the eponymous contractor (Paul Borghese)and lapsed Catholicmuses worriedly on the grounds of his million-dollar estate, but it doesnt take him long to realize that all his earthly riches are of little importance compared to the possibility of heaven. Engaging his cook, his barber, and his gardener in some of the most stilted and elementary theological debates ever filmed, Vito soon calls in his priest for a quickie save-your-soul session. Turns out our man need not give up his riches or even leave the grounds of his home; he just needs to confess, take the Eucharist, and keep on praying. From there, the film rapidly devolves into little more than an instructional video in proper Catholic practicecomplete with pop-up Bible verses. Factor in the consistently subpar acting and Vito Bonafacci stands as one project better suited to Sunday schools than movie theaters.
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