Outrage (R) - 2009 - Runtime: 90 minutes
Director: Kirby Dick
I totally forgot about this movie when it came out. This documentary is from the same guy who made the little seen This Film Is Not Yet Rated, a pretty scathing look at the MPAA and how much control it has over Hollywood. It was a very insightful documentary and I feel like it should be watched by any movie lover if they want an understanding of how a movie gets rated.
Kirby Dick's (great name, BTW) next documentary is another scathing look at the hypocritical world of politicians. Specifically the politicians who vote and approve of laws that harm the gay community while being closeted gays themselves. The DVD proclaims boldly that there is massive conspiracy by these politicians and the media to cover these stories up. I do believe most of what is on this DVD, but it's a bit of a stretch to say there's some sort of conspiracy. It's just politicians looking for their own gain - nothing particularly new.
It's a good documentary - it exposes some politicians whom I've never heard of, but also talks about the moral ambiguity of "outing" those same politicians. Which I would say is the fair and balanced part of the documentary - but Dick has a purpose and it's very clear that the message of the movie is how much of a detrimental effect these lawmakers are having on gays. Just for the record - I'm all for gay rights. And I do believe that in twenty years from now we will all be shaking our heads at how absurd it was to not have gay marriages and that we need "to protect the sanctity of marriage." So I did find this documentary compelling and somewhat infuriating at the evidence laid out about these men and women who have made it part of the mission to strip away freedoms from a certain group of Americans.
Chances are you will breeze by this movie in the aisle if you're at all opposed to the idea of gay marriage, so this review isn't going to change your mind. But if you want to beef up your arguments as to why gays should be married - this is a good documentary to get some info.
Rating: Rent It!