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The Eyes of Tammy Faye

The Eyes of Tammy Faye
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • PG-13
  • 2h 6m
  • 2021
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THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE is an intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain). In the 1970s and ’80s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield), rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park. At first, they were revered for their messages of love, acceptance and prosperity. All the while, Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, idiosyncratic singing, and eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, it wasn’t long before financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and scandal toppled their carefully constructed empire. Directed by Michael Showalter and written by Abe Sylvia, THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE also features Cherry Jones and Vincent D’Onofrio.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The Eyes of Tammy Faye might have focused more sharply on its subject's story, but Jessica Chastain's starring performance makes it hard to look away.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Sympathetic redemption tale has drug use, sexual situations.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Eyes of Tammy Faye is a sympathetic biopic about Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain), the infamous PTL televangelist who built and lost a Christian empire in the 1970s and '80s. Bible scripture flows faster than holy water here, and Tammy Faye frequently and enthusiastically expresses her deep love of God. But this isn't an evangelical vehicle: It's a redemption tale, and, after watching, it's hard not to agree that she deserves forgiveness. She is depicted as unique (at least, in her world) for taking a nonjudgmental approach to Christianity, which made her an unexpected gay rights advocate during the AIDS crisis. Director Michael Showalter allows her best actions to speak louder than her worst -- i.e., helping bilk followers out of millions of dollars that went to extravagant projects and her personal life of luxury. Her husband Jim (Andrew Garfield) is subjected to tougher scrutiny but is still portrayed with a great degree of sympathy, including the fact that his sex scandal is played off with a lightness (it's not made clear that it was a rape allegation in real life). While none of that happens on camera, the Bakkers' sex life does, including scenes with aggressive fondling. A supporting character's implied sexual orientation is used against him. Tammy's addiction to prescription drugs is covered, although younger viewers might not make the connection that her pill popping had a substantial negative consequence.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 17, 2021
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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