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Outrage (2009)

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An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S.

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Tammy Baldwin ... Herself (as Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin)
Wayne Barrett ... Himself
Elizabeth Birch ... Herself
Chris Bull ... Himself
John Byrne ... Himself
David Catania ... Himself
Gary Cathey ... Himself
Steve Clemons ... Himself (as Steven Clemons)
Mark Cromer ... Himself
Kirk Fordham ... Himself
... Himself (as Congressman Barney Frank)
... Himself
Larry Gross ... Himself
Patrick Guerriero ... Himself
Dan Gurley ... Himself
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An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S.

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Rated R for some language and sexual references
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24 April 2009 (USA)  »

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$32,589, 10 May 2009, Limited Release

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$44,416, 29 January 2012
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On the DVD commentary, director Kirby Dick notes that when he attended screenings of the film during its initial release, audience members would come up to him and tell their own stories, including stories about sexual encounters, with the politicians depicted (and 'outed') in the film. See more »

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Good intentions aren't a substitute for deeply flawed logic.
17 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

How funny that a film about the importance of forthrightness is so often dependent on anonymous sources and hearsay. Its politics aren't repellent at first, as Kirby Dick only outs politicians involved in public sex scandals. But then he just goes after whomever he pleases. Dick goes so low as placing a photo of Rep. David Dreier next to a disco ball and underwear-clad men at a pride parade. Then we're shown an embarrassing slip-up by news anchor Shepard Smith, a lead-in to outing him too. Many of these individuals' sexual orientation is none of our business. Being outed for hypocrisy is one thing; being outed anecdotally is quite another.

The more aimless the documentary gets — and it meanders ceaselessly — the more frustrating its politics become, concealing an inconsistent moral standard with flashy graphics and rousing, but outrageous political claims. "If every gay person would come out of the closet, the gay rights movement would be over," claims one interviewee. This is the film's concluding point, with Harvey Milk discussing the importance of gay visibility. Inexplicably, the film fundamentally refrains from analyzing the irony that most of the high profile public figures outed here would never have gotten their positions if they were openly gay. Dick fails to realize his good intentions aren't a substitute for deeply flawed logic.

43/100


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