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Change of Life (2006)

| Drama | 2006 (USA)
Gary Catell is a bigoted evangelical minister, who leads his congregation in the persecution of gays and lesbians. When his gay daughter is outed and commits suicide on his nationally ... See full summary »

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Det. Sutton
Brooke Daniels ...
Siobhan Scott (as Jennifer M. Davis)
Jennifer Davis ...
Siobhan Scott
Denny Dey ...
Gary Catell
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Ronald Eisley (as Adam Gaitan)
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Hugh Jax
Lorenzo Hughes ...
Det. Cross
Deb Keeney ...
Jenna Christenson
Amy McClung ...
Dana the Intern
Joe McClung ...
Danny Snyder
Ryan McClung ...
Bryan Walsh
Ryan Mcclung
Tracy McClung ...
Amanda Dalton
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Allen Meyer ...
Jeff Osborne
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Gary Catell is a bigoted evangelical minister, who leads his congregation in the persecution of gays and lesbians. When his gay daughter is outed and commits suicide on his nationally syndicated radio show, Gary looks to God for answers and a second chance to make things right with this daughter. The next day, Gary awakes to find that time has been rewound by two weeks, his daughter is still alive, and his spirit now inhabits the body of a gay man. As Gary struggles to come to grips with this new reality, he also comes to understand that second chances and redemption come with heavy prices. Written by Jon Weimer

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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves.

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The church that Jax throws Gary out of and tells him that "You faggots have your own church if you can call it that," is Kansas City's Broadway Church which has a large gay and lesbian ministry. In addition, all the church interiors were shot at the Broadway Church. See more »

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In the pivotal scene when Gary Catell takes the call from his daughter Sarah (she identifies herself by her preferred nickname, Nova) on his radio call-in program and she then commits suicide by gunshot as he listens, Catell visibly flinches in reaction to what would be the sound of the gunshot half a second before the sound of the gunshot is audibly heard. See more »

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Daddy, can you see me?
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Very thought provoking
20 January 2012 | by (CA) – See all my reviews

This is a very low budget film, and it does show. But this is not a reason to miss this very sincere and thought provoking effort about a radio preacher's profound change after his gay daughter's suicide.

No doubt inspired at least in part by Fred Phelps and those who think like him, this Reverend Gary starts out as a very narrow minded, intolerant, hypocritical bigot who hates anyone who doesn't think the way he does. In fact, he not only hates the homosexual community, he hates non-whites, and any religion that doesn't mirror his "bacon-chomping, bible thumping, good ol' boy" brand of Christianity. He knows his daughter Nova is a lesbian, but he hopes it's just a phase.

After a good friend of Nova's, a young gay man named Adam, is the victim of a brutal hate crime, and Nova's girlfriend of six months finds out that Nova is in fact, Sarah, daughter of the hate mongering Rev. Gary, Nova/Sarah kills herself.

In a fantastical twist, Rev. Gary wakes up one morning to find that time has rewound by 2 weeks, and that not only are Sarah and Adam still alive, but that he himself now inhabits the body of a gay man named Shade. It sounds confusing, but when you hear another religious leader speak of the story of Jonah, Ninevah, and the whale, it will make sense. It takes living in a body, and a life that he does NOT choose to understand that unless he walks a mile in someone's shoes, he doesn't know what they are going through, living with, and he certainly didn't understand how to be compassionate until he inhabited Shade's body.

It is low budget, but along with the awkward digital video shots and a few sound issues, there are also gorgeous shots of green fields, nature and city traffic.

I'd recommend it highly to those who appreciate gay cinema and an informative morality tale.


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