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The Jaundiced Eye (1999)

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At the prompting of his ex-wife and her new live-in boyfriend, a gay man is accused by his five-year-old son of child molestation. The gay man's parents are also indicted. Small-town ... See full summary »

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At the prompting of his ex-wife and her new live-in boyfriend, a gay man is accused by his five-year-old son of child molestation. The gay man's parents are also indicted. Small-town prejudices are further fueled by the father's admitted homosexuality and the common but erroneous stereotype that all gay men are child molesters. This documentary follows the journey of that family, reliving the horror of the first accusations through an initial guilty verdict, time in prison, the overturning of the first convictions and the eventual dropping of a subsequent case due to lack of evidence. Written by <havan_ironoak@bigfoot.com>

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Anticlimactic but real
27 October 2001 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

Interesting documentary about a gay man and his father from Monroe, Michigan who are falsely accused of sexual abuse of his 6 year old son by the man's ex and her homophobic new husband. The movie interviews most people involved and portrays well the sense of isolation an accusation will cause, sort of a odd take on the Salem Witch trials. The men are represented by a pretty incompetent lawyer who doesn't really seem to give a darn what happens to these men, he seems uncomfortable even defending this gay man. This is a different viewpoint on the whole molestation issue. Normally on channels like Lifetime Network and their ilk, the accuser's viewpoint is taken with the accused being demonized. There are two sides to every issue of course and this presents that other side. An accusation of sexual impropriety, whether proved to be false later or not, changes the accused's life forever. This being a documentary, it is based on real life, and in real life, as we all know, there are rarely dramatic highs, important events happen that seem everyday but in retrospect are lifechanging. The ending of this film is that way as it builds up to a court decision that has no Perry Mason or LA law courtroom scene, but simply the two men driving down to the courthouse clerk's office to pick up a paper. Recommended highly. In a more enlightened time in the future ( I hope ), people will look back at films like this and shake their heads at how backward we were.


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