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  • Summary: Director Reed Cowan experienced first-hand what it was like to grow up gay in Utah in the Mormon faith, and he turned his attention to the historic campaign by the Mormon Church to pass Proposition 8 in California believing that it was the cornerstone of an ideology that has worked for decades “to damage gay people and their causes.” The film is his emotional outcry to what he found. (RedFlag Releasing)
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Cowan, a gay Mormon himself, deftly melds facts with emotions, alternating between a history of the church's anti-gay drive and interviews with those directly affected by it.
  2. As an exposé, there could hardly be a stronger case for ensuring and strengthening the separation of church and state -- or a stronger message to gay people as to the magnitude of the challenge to win equal rights.
  3. 75
    A hard-hitting exposé of a shameful episode.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    65
    The movie poignantly demonstrates that, 41 years after Stonewall, there are still places in this country where gay people cannot simply be themselves.
  5. It's marred by loaded language and a propagandistic tone that undercuts rather than promotes its purposes.
  6. 50
    A deeply felt, and numbingly partisan, documentary about how the Mormon Church both bankrolled and masterminded passage of the initiative.
  7. 40
    A chaotic sequence midway through shows Mormon and gay-rights protesters shouting abuse at each other in San Francisco, and that's pretty much what the whole movie feels like.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Aug 12, 2010
    10
    I find it amusing that there are some that try and fling feces at this documentary because it 'vilifies' the Mormon Church. However, upon watching this documentary, they vilified themselves. These are their emails, their records, their audio, their web ads, their television ads. This was a relatively rough and unrefined documentary, but the mechanics aside, it was informative and serves as a sharp wake-up call to all Americans of what bad religion, far too much money, and fanaticism can do to our politics and our freedoms. This is one of the things the Founding Fathers tried to prevent by keeping Church and State separate. It is only through issues like Prop 8 and this documentary that we are forcibly reminded of the need to disentangle the two as was meant to be originally. Expand
  2. WesleyC.
    Jun 18, 2010
    10
    I live in Palm Springs, CA and I went to see a movie on Prop 8 even though I knew it all. OMG, the movie revealed things I didnt know about Prop 8, Mormon's, Brigham Young University, suicide rates of Utah Mormon Youth and elected Utah officials. Many statements and images will never leave my mind and ears! Collapse
  3. BenJ.
    Jun 19, 2010
    8
    California's Prop 8 impacted the lives of real people. The film explores that impact and provides background as to why the Mormon community felt that it needed to bankroll the election. The film had some rough transitions, but overall the message was sobering. It is scary what otherwise good people can do when they think that God is on their side. Expand
  4. Dec 26, 2010
    6
    The message is a worthwhile one, but I'm not sure it needed a feature-length doc to tell it. There are some compelling stories of those affected by the church's actions, but they are muddled by text and figures that get a little tiresome. I was ultimately disappointed, but it is worth seeing, especially for those involved in the cause. Expand
  5. Melissa
    Jun 19, 2010
    0
    Another pathetic attempt to blame "Mormons" for preventing gay marriage when it is the majority of Americans that do not support gay marriage. Certainly the members of the LDS church were involved in protesting gay marriage, but so were thousands of other people from different faiths or Christian denominations. This film maker seems determined to prove that religion is bad (specifically Mormons) and that gays are the victim here. Pathetic indeed. Expand
  6. Adam
    Jun 19, 2010
    0
    This is completely one-sided. A gay person's attempt at making it seem like it was the "Mormon" church that was solely responsible for Prop 8. It fails to acknowledge that it isn't the church at all but thousands of Christians from all different denominations that were involved in denying gays to marry. This whole issue has nothing to even do with equal rights. The film maker needs to stop feeling so upset because he can't marry his boyfriend and recognize that the majority of people do not support gay marriage. Until a film is made that does not point the finger at one group against gay marriage then there won't be one worth watching. Expand