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So, you loved Morgan Spurlock when he consumed McDonald's until it corroded his liver in Super Size Me. You watched him live on minimum wage for a month in his FX show, 30 Days, and thought, "He really seems like a good guy."

Well, rest assured that you can watch What Would Jesus Buy? and have warm feelings remain intact. Despite the title, Spurlock isn't about to go all holier-than-thou, Sean Penn-style, on you.

Neither he nor Billy Talens whose Reverend Billy character inspired and anchors the movie is really telling you that you should stop shopping.

What they're asking, really, is that you stop shopping in a vacuum.

The gifts we give, they maintain (in rather frolicsome fashion), impact local communities, our environment, our family lives. In our interview with both Spurlock and Talens, they expand on that argument.

They also lead quite nicely into our holiday gift guide, which highlights local merchants, as well as fair-trade, green and other socially conscious options. Oh, and video games.

Looks like we won't be going holier-than-thou on you, either.

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