To Be Takei 2014 NR CC

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A hilarious and moving look at legendary actor/activist and pop culture icon George Takei who has conquered new frontiers, from outer space to Capitol Hill, with his trademark grin. Oh, my!

Starring:
George Takei, Brad Takei
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Jennifer M. Kroot
Starring George Takei, Brad Takei
Supporting actors Walter Koenig, William Shatner, Tom Ammiano, Antonio Brown, John Cho, Daniel Inouye, Jay Kuo, Telly Leung, Norman Mineta, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, Eddie Paskey, Lea Salonga, Dan Savage, Jeff Selby, Howard Stern, Lorenzo Thione, Wil Wheaton
Studio Starz Digital Media
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Villanueva on August 23, 2014
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George has always been my hero and a hero to many others. As an openly gay Asian male myself, he's one of the very few role models within our community that I can personally relate to. I loved how the documentary shared with the rest of the world not only his rise to being a social media icon, but the wonderful relationship with his husband Brad. Being gay never defines an individual, but it's what a person does with his life that defines him. George and Brad are true examples of what it means to make the best out of the cards that life deals you. Thank you both for sharing with us a glimpse into your world and how it is to just be TAKEI !!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rain and fog on August 23, 2014
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Delightful, uplifting and Entirely charming from beginning to end. George Takei has done so much for so many. For me, an aging Boomer, he has inspired me in my quest to see becoming older in a very different light than my parents and grandparents did. At 77, George has kept himself healthy and vital and lives his life as any 30 yr old who sees the promise of life ahead of him. This film is not a retrospective as much as a portrait of a sincere person who carves out a big, healthy, luscious life for himself, full of fun, meaning, service and love.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By NostalgiaVHS on August 27, 2014
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George Takei is one of the most likable personalities in show business, and that likability really comes through in the documentary. It focuses on his current life as well as the history of his career and childhood in Japanese-American internment camps. The documentary succeeds in giving you a good idea of what George is like as a person and how his journey in life made him who he is today.

Here is a man who has faced constant opposition and prejudice in his life. As a child he was the victim of racism for being a Japanese-American during World War 2. In his early film career he was typecast as ridiculous Asian stereotypes. More recently, he has faced intolerance for coming out as a gay man. Amazingly, through all of this he has maintained an optimistic worldview and unflinching positivity. That is a truly refreshing and admirable quality.

I really liked watching the day to day antics of George and his husband Brad. They both come off as very genuine people who bicker as you would expect a married couple would, but still love each other all the same. Its refreshing to see a documentary about a gay couple which doesn't spend too much time dwelling on the fact they are homosexuals (even though the topic is explored) and simply accepts the relationship for what it is.

My favorite parts of the movie were when George was recounting some of his early acting roles. The film includes footage of some of his early performances in Jerry Louis films, John Wayne's Green Berets, and of course Star Trek. It was interesting to see some of the roles George has taken in his career, and his thoughts on them today as an older and more experienced actor.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bloodclay on August 19, 2014
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It’s been forty-seven years since George Takei began his iconic role as Sulu on the Star Trek television series, and since then he’s gone on to participate in an animated show along with six feature films portraying the same character. But what most people outside of his intimate fan-base don’t realize is that throughout the bulk of his acting career he was forced to hide his homosexuality, fearing he would lose his job and other subsequent parts he hoped to get.

But now with battles over same-sex marriage starting to see a hopeful end, he’s become deeply imbedded in the fight for gay rights. And with his position as official announcer on The Howard Stern Show, has been quite upfront about his orientation.

And “To Be Takei” doesn’t make a huge deal out of it, which is one of the main reasons I liked it. It’s a documentary that treats its subject as is, and doesn’t try to explain his many odd (but hilarious) characteristics.

As he says himself, his “life has been transformed as fantastically as science fiction”, and he’s got a point. From spending four years in various internment camps during World War 2, where American citizens of Japanese descent were rounded up and put after Pearl Harbor, to becoming a sort-of pop culture icon contained in his own bubble far away from the hubbub of Hollywood.

And the film captures his personality superbly, focusing on his constant trips to comic-cons and conventions accompanied by his Husband Brad (with their relationship also serving as a huge focal point).

It may not be a documentary that’s in anyway breaking ground, but to me, it didn’t matter. It’s a light, fun movie that will be savored by fans of Takei.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fla Fla Flo Flee on August 23, 2014
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A Must For Stern Fans!
Those of us who love George on the Stern show will like this movie. Howard appears here and there and they don't gloss over the fact that Howard helped revive his career. Good dynamic between George and Brad (sorry, no glimpses into their "Special Sundays"). Proves that Takei is one of the most likable celebrities around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek on October 11, 2014
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I absolutely recommend this movie to anyone who either likes George Takei or is a fan of Star Trek or wants to learn more about George's efforts in the gay rights movement and marriage equality in the United States. While I had known that George was in a WWII internment camp as a child, this film gave me an in-depth perspective of the experience and how George dealt with it growing up and throughout the rest of his life. I admire George and all that he has accomplished and the movie had quite a few heart-felt and touching moments.

William Shatner has a few spots in the movie and I always wondered about the 40-year feud between Shatner and George; unfortunately this movie did nothing to explain the feud from George's perspective. I had always assumed it was caused either by Shatner being over-bearing or rude or by a jealous rivalry between the two men (or both). However, after watching this movie about George I began to feel the feud was based more on issues within George's heart or mind and less with Shatner or something he did. After watching this movie I now wonder if George had 'liked' Shatner and was spurned in some way (likely unbeknownst to Shatner since Takei kept his orientation a secret). I walked away from this movie feeling badly that after 40 years, George still has so much hatred towards Bill (he did not need to be in the movie if the issue wasn't going to be settled); it's so sad that such a good man carries so much anger. We all have to be tolerant of the different types of people that live on this planet and tolerance equally applies to people like Shatner; George, it's time to holster the anger.
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