The Singles Ward
is a 2002 comedy film
, directed by Kurt Hale
and written by Kurt Hale
and John E. Moyer
based on his own life as a stand up comedian and single member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
. Like The R.M.
, and other films which followed it, The Singles Ward
's target audience is members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
and citizens of Utah. As such, references to and parodies of the Mormon and Utah
subcultures pervade the film and are unlikely to be completely understood by non-Mormons. However, the film provides an interesting and comical view into the sometimes strange world of the Mormon culture. The Singles Ward
is one of the new line of LDS comedy films by Kurt Hale and John Moyer.
The Singles Ward was followed in 2007 by The Singles 2nd Ward.
After faithfully serving a full time mission for his church and marrying, Jonathan Jordan finds himself recently divorced and once again a member of the LDS single adult world— a world whose ultimate goal is Eternal Marriage. Disenchanted, Jordan stops going to church. He even creates a stand up routine lampooning the Mormon way of life. His resistance to the church continues until he falls for Cammie Giles, a member of the local singles ward. Suddenly, Jordan finds going to church more appealing. But is he attending church again just to impress her?
Tagline: ''The Road to Eternal Marriage Has Never Been Longer'
A number of celebrity members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
make appearances throughout the movie:
- Wally Joyner, a former player for five Major League Baseball teams, most notably the California Angels, as Brother Angel.
- Danny Ainge, former NBA player and current Boston Celtics General Manager, plays a Sunbeam Teacher.
- Shawn Bradley, another former NBA player, as an auto mechanic.
- Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young as Brother Niner. The character name is an obvious reference to Young's career as a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
- Thurl Bailey, another former NBA player.
- Late actor Gordon Jump.
- Writer, producer, director and actor Richard Dutcher as the neighbor Wes, who knocks on the door while they are watching Dutcher's movie God's Army and declines an invitation to watch it because he was offended by the "toilet scenes".
The soundtrack was a compilation of Latter Day Saint artists performing songs from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' hymnal and children's song book. The soundtrack is on Guapo Records