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This Is What Love in Action Looks Like (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 28 January 2011 (USA)
In the summer of 2005 a 16yo Memphis, TN wrote on his MySpace blog about his parents sending him to a "Fundamentalist Christian" program that strives to turn gay teens straight. This ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Alice Buchanan Alice Buchanan ... Self
Lance Carroll Lance Carroll ... Self
Chris Davis Chris Davis ... Self
Katherine Dohan Katherine Dohan ... Self
David Fountain David Fountain ... Self (archive footage) (as YouTube User DavidFountain)
Morgan Jon Fox ... Self
E.J. Friedman ... Self (as EJ Friedman)
Roy Gilbert-Higginson Roy Gilbert-Higginson ... Self (as Dr. Roy Gilbert-Higginson)
Brett Hanover Brett Hanover ... Self
Lauren Henry Lauren Henry ... Self
Sharon Horne Sharon Horne ... Self (as Sharon Horne Phd)
Elise Masur Elise Masur ... Self
Chris Matthews ... Self (archive footage)
Will McElroy Will McElroy ... Self
Ada Price Ada Price ... Self
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In the summer of 2005 a 16yo Memphis, TN wrote on his MySpace blog about his parents sending him to a "Fundamentalist Christian" program that strives to turn gay teens straight. This documentary follows the inspirational story of this teens local community standing up for their friend with daily protests at the facility in what would become an international news story. The documentary features several former clients of the organization who tell their personal stories about the time they spent within the programs walls. Written by Sawed-Off Collaboratory Productions

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It's OK to be gay See more »

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Exodus remains the umbrella organization for ex-gay therapeutic organizations around the world. In November, 2010 they put out a press release stating that they would make it their priority in 2011 to reach out to youth as young as 12 or 13. Exodus Youth will not be renamed Exodus Student Ministries, and will target children from 7th grade up to College. Formal interview requests to Exodus staff, or clients were denied. See more »

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An earnest, well-meant failure
26 July 2012 | by jm10701See all my reviews

I am happy and very grateful that I'm gay. I'm also happy and very grateful that Jesus loves me exactly as I am and MADE me exactly as I am. I would tend to support a movie like this, but it surprised me by leaving me completely flat.

All the people interviewed as victims of Love in Action seem to be quite articulate, healthy and remarkably well-adjusted, which leaves me asking, "What harm did LIA do these people?" If anything, they seem better adjusted than people I know who never even heard of LIA or Exodus or any other ex-gay ministry.

It's as if the LIA experience strengthened them and clarified for them that being gay really ISN'T something they can change. That's good, not bad. When a documentary that proposes to expose something bad ends up making it look not so bad at all, the documentary must be a failure, right?

There's no passion in this movie, no fire in its belly, no exposé of abuse or injustice, nothing to get stirred up and indignant about. The movie just shows a few mild-mannered, well-intentioned, respectful protesters protesting against a few mild-mannered, well-intentioned (misguided, certainly, but evidently harmless), respectful people running a silly but harmless sort of ministry.

There's a lot of talk in this movie about shame and fear and hatred, but there is not a single sign of anything like that anywhere in it. It's just very bland. A lot of talk, but no bite.

I'm not saying that the ex-gay movement is harmless by any means, but that's how this movie makes it look; so this movie fails in its mission.

The only truly disturbing element in this movie is the parents who are so blind and so screwed up themselves that they would force their child against his will into a program whose intention is to make the child into something the parents are not ashamed of. That is abominable and inexcusable abuse.

The kid in this movie is lucky that the program his horrible parents sent him to was so innocuous. If he has lasting emotional scars from this ordeal, they will be from what his cruel, selfish parents did to him, not from what the silly people at Love in Action did to him.

If the title of this movie had been This Is What Bad Parenting Looks Like, and if the parents had been the target of the exposé instead of the LIA program, the movie would have been more successful. But by focusing on a silly, harmless program rather than on the contempt parents show their children in forcing them INTO those programs, the movie missed its mark.


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