“The Masked Saint” (Freesyle)

Brett Granstaff, white pants, stars in a scene from the movie "The Masked Saint." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS photo/Freestyle)

Unlikely — yet fact-based — story of a professional wrestler-turned-pastor (Brett Granstaff) who resumes his career in the ring to raise money for his crumbling church while also fighting crime as a masked vigilante by night.

He draws encouragement in his against-the-odds day job — and inspiration to rethink his sideline — from his supportive wife (Lara Jean Chorostecki) and from an elderly parishioner (Diahann Carroll), who’s witty and wise as well as devout.

In adapting Chris Whaley’s fictionalized 2009 memoir, director Warren P. Sonoda provides viewers with fast-paced entertainment, ably juggling action in the ring with drama in the house of God. Good and evil are clearly defined, bad behavior is condemned, and characters who lose their way, and fail to find redemption, are served a heaping helping of just desserts.

Some mild violence, wrestling action, a few mature themes.

The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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