Yes, God, Yes (2020)
Directed by Karen Maine, Yes, God, Yes (2020) is the coming of age story of a high school girl Alice in a Catholic School understanding pre-marital sex and masturbation is a sin all the while battling her newfound sexual hormones in the mid-2000s.

Right from the start, you get introduced to Alice’s innocent curiosity. All she does for some excitement is rewind to a very popular sex scene in a very popular movie a couple of times. She tries her best to fit into the regime of a Catholic School, being dressed well and participating in mass as the gift bearer. She isn’t a rebel by any means, just someone that’s curious. A lot of similar movies aren’t this way because they feel every adolescent is a rebel by default. Heightening emotions has become so mainstream that being just a respectful kid feels boring somehow. But every kid doesn’t live their life that way and Yes, God, Yes (2020) understands that. For once it felt nice to see a narrator that doesn’t act as if they’re the only one with problems in their life.

The film although short makes very good use of its time. It sets out to do exactly what I expected it to, not being heavy-handed with its message. It makes some bold statements about religion, its hypocrisy from the preachers, and how it might prevent one from finding their own sexual identity. Especially being in a society with more LGBT members coming forward, movies like these almost feel necessary. Those that remind us that ancient religious texts should not be the final word for a species that is constantly evolving. Unfortunately, that also brings me to my complaints about the movie.

I think the movie could’ve been a lot less narrow than it was. With such an exciting subject at hand, I can’t help but feel there were a few big missed opportunities. It never explains why the hypocrisy exists but merely states it. It could’ve also explored homosexuality in greater detail being something heavily oppressed by Christianity. Being inherently quirky and a comedy, it misses out on an impactful message by the end. It just left me wanting more. But the movie always intended to be light-hearted and fun. With cast members like Natalia Dyer and Timothy Simons, the film has some great moments of humor. It also utilizes it’s setting incredibly well. This, most definitely, is a story impossible in today’s digital age with such easy access to, well, everything.

Yes, God, Yes (2020) does a great job of pitting adolescent sex against religious conservatism. Although slightly shallow with its message and narrow in scope, it is lighthearted but provocative and sharp with its humor.

Score: 3.5/5

Watch the cast talk about the movie with Collider, here.