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Credited cast:
Cynthia Alardo ...
Phil Alardo ...
Heather Beberay ...
Herself - Lesbian and Gay Men's Community Center (archive footage)
Brian Bennett ...
Herself - Out at last (archive footage) (as Chastity Bono)
Himself - U.S. Representative (archive footage)
Kathleen Bremner ...
Herself - Expert Psychologist
Paul Bremner ...
Himself - Kathleen's husband
Pat Buchanan ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself - Presidential candidate (archive footage)
Herself - First Lady (archive footage)
Mary Cheney ...
Herself - daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney (archive footage)
Robert Dornan ...
Himself - U.S. Congressman, 1977-1997 (R-CA) (archive footage) (archive sound) (as Bob Dornan)
Guy Foti ...
Himself - David's partner
Himself - Member of Congress (archive footage)


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What happens when three Christian families have children who "become homosexual?"







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January 2002 (USA)  »

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not half bad
24 July 2006 | by (Conway, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting idea which sadly drifts from its central notion: unpacking the beliefs of fundamentalist Christians intolerant of their children's homosexuality. Three families are examined, with varying degrees of success due to a lack of cooperation by two of them. Former Congressman Bob Dornan's feelings are a matter of public record, luckily, which rescues the segments with his former aide, who was like a son to him. The Mormon family either abandons the project at its outset, or cravenly manipulated their son and the filmmaker in order to make their point. This is a real tragedy as they seem to be the most venomous critics of homosexuality. The pacing and technical aspects are pretty shaky, and too much is given to exploring the hurt feelings of the children. Isn't their hurt rather obvious? The treatment they receive would elicit sympathy from anyone (aside from those likely to inflict these wounds in the first place). More time should have been given to fleshing out the objections of fundamentalists (some of which is done nicely in the extra features on the DVD). More time should have been given to refuting the misstatements of fact that they make in their condemnations. In short, compelling characters provide some heartbreaking drama as they find themselves in families where neither love nor hate are reciprocated. Could have been really illuminating, but strays into the comfort of coming-out war stories.

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