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Love in Action [DVD]

Morgan Jon Fox    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,878 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
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars no real insight here 7 April 2014
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok film with one time viewting value 18 May 2013
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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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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Documentary about damaging people with forced religion 24 Jun 2012
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Good documentary, details the impossible attempts by religious zealots who try brainwashing people into changing their sexual orientation. One teenager is highlighted in particular, and thank God (really) that there were lots of protests against the harm the adults were doing to him. As a result, the religious organization and affiliates became the focus of legal and moral criticism and have since been greatly diminished. This is a good story and a lesson in the evolution of freedom in our country.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Now 13 May 2012
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Really. Buy it. Watch it. Show everyone you know. Watch it with them. This subject is something I have personal experience with, and this documentary brought both me an my girlfriend to tears.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An earnest, well-meant failure 26 July 2012
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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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