To say this movie is 'thought-provoking' is perhaps putting it a bit lightly. "Capturing The Friedmans" should go down as one of the bravest and most honest films about the crime of paedophilia ever made: it makes no judgements, it takes no sides, it refuses to draw conclusions beyond the evidence (much of which is confusing, contradictory, and probably unreliable - from all sides).
It's easy in child-abuse cases to treat the accused as either monstrous perpetrator or misunderstood victim, but this film refuses to be drawn into either simplistic trap. Instead it shows, piecemeal, how testimony and evidence do not actually produce cut-and-dried cases, how the further into a story you go the more unclear it becomes, and how those with something to say are not always coming from unbiased standpoints.
This is less a film about child abuse than about the processes, hype and accusation-counter-accusation that accompany allegations of this sort. Somewhere in the middle of this disturbing story, there may well be victims who deserved better than the protagonists allowed them.
This film will leave a lasting impression on you, for a long time to come.