It’s the year 2025, and cloning has just been legalized. The FBI needs to track down the fruits of a 1994 top-secret government project: the clone of Jesus Christ.
Jimmy Wood is a thirty-two year-old swimming pool maintenance technician in Connecticut. His girlfriend has just left him, and he’s trying to drown his sorrows in a purely sexual relationship with a mysterious swimmer at one of the estates he tends. A visit by some government agents changes his life. They tell him he’s Christ, cloned. As the government tries to bring Jimmy into the fold (perhaps in time for the next election), Jimmy, having nothing to lose, tests his new powers and veers from skepticism to a willingness to see where all of this leads. From the Rockies, where he receives his training as a prophet, to Rome, he accomplishes an extraordinary spiritual journey right up to the mega-production of his crucifixion, broadcast world-wide.
A comedy with a back-drop that includes some of the most philosophically challenging questions of our time, this is van Cauwelaert at his best. The Gospel According to Jimmy offers a vision of our society where everything can be bought, including the prophet himself.