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The new movie “I’m In Love With A Church Girl,” from RGM-New Breed was called the “surprise opening of the weekend,” by top film blogs after a solid opening weekend.

The faith-based romantic drama is the #1 independent movie in theaters, leading Rolling Stone to call the film “the biggest indie debut this week,” with a per screen average of $2300 on more than 450 screens

Inspired by true events, the movie has impacted audiences of all backgrounds and beliefs – with sell-outs in Manhattan to Miami, San Francisco to Detroit from church groups and urban moviegoers.

The film stars Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins who, as a successful entrepreneur haunted by a criminal past and surrounded by old friends still “in the life,” finds faith, redemption and inspiration when God puts a woman of faith (Adrienne Bailon) in his life. Rounding out the cast are Stephen Baldwin, Vincent Pastore, Michael Madsen, T-Bone, Martin Kove and TobyMac, with Steve Race directing.

Pastors from around the country, top Christian leaders and artists are continuing to mobilize their congregations and networks to view the movie this week. Fans have raved about the film calling it “their favorite film of the year” and “even better the second time watching.”

The Washington Times said it was a “heart-felt and riveting drama … poised to be the best film of the year.”  Many critics hailed Ja Rule’s performance, Variety said  “Ja Rule offers a performance that is borderline miraculous. He is never less than credible, and often surprisingly compelling.”

“I’m In Love With A Church Girl,” is rated PG and is distributed in the United States by High Top Releasing.

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