God Forbid (2022)
Director: Billy Corben
Stars: Giancarlo Granda, Jerry Falwell Jr., Becki Falwell, Michael Cohen, Tom Arnold, Ted Cruz, Mike Pence and Donald Trump.
Tagline: The Sex Scandal That Brought Down a Dynasty.
When Giancarlo Granda was a twenty year old pool attendant at the Fontainebleau Hotel, a hot looking “older” woman hit on him. They flirted. Later she invited him up to her room for sex… but the catch was her husband would watch. At the time, Granda had no idea the woman was Becki Falwell. Her husband was Jerry Falwell, Jr.! Falwell was president of university operations at Liberty University (started by his father) and one of the most powerful leaders of the Christian Right. Their hookup led to a seven year affair with Giancarlo being flown around the world, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars and invited to events with leading political figures.
Ultimately the affair would become public and lead to the downfall of Jerry Falwell Jr,
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. A story where one of the most powerful members of the Christian Right is brought down because he liked to watch his wife have sex with a “pool boy” would be laughed at as too cliché. Yet that is what happened.
How stupid do you have to be to do the things that Jerry Falwell and his wife did? Very. I think the only thing that would measure higher than their stupidity was their ability to live as hypocrites.
God Forbid is interesting and well done. At times It almost has a “Godfather” like feel with they way powerful people trade “favors” to get things done.
God Forbid earns 5 of 5 stars.