Nick Offerman Plays Unsympathetic College Adviser in Christian Comedy

'Believe Me' also stars Alex Russell and hip-hop artist Lecrae

Nick Offerman of the hit TV show Parks and Recreation is starring in an upcoming faith-based comedy called Believe Me.

In the exclusive clip above, Offerman plays a university adviser who shares his booze with a student, played by Alex Russell, before telling him that he should lower his academic and career expectations.

The movie, which also stars Zachary Knighton, Johanna Braddy and rapper Lecrae, is about a group of cash-strapped college boys who raise tuition money by tricking Christians into thinking they’re donating to a reputable charity.

Headline Features and Gravitas Ventures is releasing Believe Me in a handful of theaters nationwide on Sept. 26. The movie also will be made available via on-demand the same day.

Several Christian films have seen success this year, including Heaven Is for Real, God’s Not Dead and Son of God, though comedies in the genre are a trickier proposition. Released in May, Mom’s Night Out, for example, earned $10.4 million on a $5 million production budget. The Identical, a faith-based dramedy-musical starring Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd, opened on nearly 2,000 screens over the weekend and took in just $1.7 million.

Believe Me was directed by Will Bakke for Riot Studios, a Texas-based company Bakke founded with Alex Carroll and Michael Allen.

Email: Paul.Bond@THR.com

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