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  • Directors: Morgan Jon Fox
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007CKVPVE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,947 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In the summer of 2005, Zach, a 16-year-old boy from Memphis, TN wrote on his MySpace blog that he had told his parents that he was gay. Within days, his mother and father would send him to Love In Action, a fundamentalist Christian program that offered "freedom from homosexuality." The depressed and fearful teenager shared his feelings on his blog, which quickly spread fro his friends to the local community as well as gaining national attention and sparking protests outside the organization's doors. THIS IS WHAT LOVE IN ACTION LOOKS LIKE documents the widely controversial and inspirational story of what The New York Times referred to as "A modern day message in a bottle.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Clare on 15 Nov. 2012
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I remember sitting at my laptop reading the international news when a blog message came through about young Zack Stark who after having come out to his parents, was being sent (against his will) to rehabilitation therapy with an ex-gay ministry known as "Love in Action". I remember reading the blog post with both anger and concern, desperate to know more about what was happening in this young man's life, especially as I was sitting at the other end of the world. Zack was reaching out for some support, understanding and dare I say love, and the world responded. Through his friends passing on the message, the story spread and within moments young gay and lesbian men and women (with their straight allies) had mobilised. Then Zack disappeared into the confines of "Love in Action" and for eight weeks neither his friends nor the world knew what was happening, or how Zack was feeling.

Outside "Love in Action" his friends and supporters had gathered, using loud speakers and a simple message of hope, love and tolerance they reached out to him and others. Days passed and they stayed, reaching out to all that would listen. Inside the counsellors unaware of the international outpouring of concern seemed at first oblivious, only to realise that it was not something that could be ignored. The activists outside challenged them saying if as an adult you want to undergo such therapy (with your eyes wide open) as a consenting adult, then so be it. However, as an unwilling young man (or women) that is an entirely different thing. Where are the rights of young men and women struggling with self-identity and the realisation that they are gay? Are these not legitimate struggles deserving of a reasoned, tolerant and appropriate response?
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I missed this film at London Gay & Lesbian FIlm Festival so since it finally was available in Amazon on DVD I decided to buy it. Well first of all I didn't know anything about the story in advance or that the title of the film actually refers to a "healing group" for gay people. So in a way this film gave me quite a new and unexpected experience about the Love in Action "treatment" and what it was about. I however feel that at the end filmmakers didn't investigate the topic as much as I hoped and many things were kind of repeated over and over again. Some interviewees kept saying same things over and over again. The cute guy who is in the poster was interviewed a lot but his personal story left a lot questions to be answered once the film ended. I felt there wasn't a full circle for the characters we were get to know. Love in Action definitely has it's moments but to me this wasn't as good as I was hoping it to be. Love in Action is a film that is nice to watch but only once, it does not have any re-watching value.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TwirlySue on 7 April 2014
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This film does not go further than just further polarize viewpoints when it had such a good opportunity.

For example the film could have asked whether some of the people who were protesting are also active in the anti-abortion movement: abortion is an area where parental 'choice' is perceived to totally override an unborn child's right to life. I say 'choice' in inverted commas because many pregnant teens (and not so young too) are escorted to abortion clinics by those parents or others upon whom they are dependent. The unborn baby of course is not getting a choice on whether to continue living or be aborted.

That would be interesting because the pro-homosexual and so-called pro-'choice' views are often perceived to be held by the same people. Perhaps this is not so.

Homosexual couples who become parents through artificial means are also deliberately depriving a child from growing up with at least one of their biological parents. When do children/ parental rights trump one over the other? On what basis should children be supported to refuse to comply with parents' instructions ordinarily? Can we extend the states power to dictate that parents may only teach their children a state-sanctioned view? Where is democracy and freedom of thought and expression?

The issue of balancing parental and children's rights is a complex and deeply interesting subject. This film does not go deep.
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By Amazon Customer on 24 April 2015
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not a movie, a documentary. not good.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on 29 May 2012
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Here's my review of this film: [...]

But to sum up, it's excellent. If you want to see a group of young people doing something really good in the world in spite of a lot of negativity, take a look. Highly recommend.
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