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The Most Hated Family in America (2007)

Louis meets the Phelps family, who protest against an America that tolerates homosexuality

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Lauren Drain ...
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Fred Phelps ...
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Jael Phelps ...
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Megan Phelps-Roper ...
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Rebekah Phelps-Roper ...
Herself (as Bekah Phelps-Roper)
Shirley Phelps-Roper ...
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Louis meets the Phelps family, who protest against an America that tolerates homosexuality

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Louis struggles to come to terms with the infamous family who picket the funerals of soldiers in protest against an America that tolerates homosexuality.

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1 April 2007 (UK)  »

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Луи Теру: Самая ненавидимая семья в Америке  »

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Fred Phelps: [During an interview] You've got the duty to know the Bible as well as I do.
Louis Theroux: Why?
Fred Phelps: Because you're a human being. Because God Almighty made you and God Almighty is going to send your ass to hell.
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Followed by Louis Theroux: Under the Knife (2007) See more »

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God's Gonna Cut You Down
Performed by Johnny Cash
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Funny at times, yes, but still difficult to watch without anger
11 October 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Originally, due to a deep and endless hatred of Fred Phelps and his congregation, I didn't think I would be able to watch this film without punching a hole through the TV or tearing my hair from my head. But, I was in a good mood (which I increased more by a few pints of Boddington's), so I figured I should give it a watch and see if I can get through it.

Funnily enough, I don't think I even needed a mood boost. While, yes, the Phelps are a truly despicable and condemnable family and Fred Phelps is one of the few men that I would personally no problem wishing death upon, British journalist Louis Theroux presents these horrible people in such a way that seamlessly blends their disgusting hatred with some smooth and hilarious humour.

Regardless of the humour and comedy that is sewn into the film, it is difficult to watch (especially to those who vary from their opinions. . . which is about 99.8% of people I've met) and takes some self-control to handle the issues. Theroux does a fantastic job of fairly allowing the Phelps family to speak their minds about the issues without seeming smug or mean, and makes it clear that while is obviously against their message, he wants them to have a fair chance to express themselves.

To anyone looking for an interesting documentary, regardless of your views, I highly suggest this one.

Final Verdict: 9/10

-AP3-


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