After punks at school hand him multiple savage beatings, gay teen McClain Evans, discreetly begins martial arts training with Karen O'Neil, a mysterious woman who had her own cross to bear with the prejudiced and bigoted small town community. As McClain learns to defend himself from hatred and bigotry, the student and his teacher expose several raw nerves in their rural Colorado community.Written by
This film doesn't pull any punches when it comes to calling its characters out on their prejudices. It's title applies to many concepts beyond the simple idea of a martial art mentor as in Karate Kid. The cast is strong and clearly committed to this project that had its challenges in getting completed because if its tenacious story. I have seen this movie at film festivals in New York and Dallas and saw many men and women be entertained, amused and deeply moved to tears as I was. It is sometimes hard to watch the truth on screen and I wouldn't bring a youngster to see it though teenagers are exactly the age that does need to be exposed to this subject. I also really enjoyed the extra features on the DVD because the cast speaks so honestly about why they did this project, about what it meant to them. Their feelings about the subject seem to have inspired their acting which required many of them to play ugly characters, when the interviews reveal they are the opposite in real life.
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