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"It's a pitched battle but love blindingly outshines hate in Bridegroom." --Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
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This was a very powerful story of true love. This documentary was created with the support of over 6800 Kickstarter Donors as well as many other people including Bill Clinton.
On a personal note, after hearing this story in May 2011, my partner and I realized how important it is to protect ourselves in case something ever did happen to either of us. Thank you Shane for sharing your love story with us. You truly are an inspiration.
"Has this not happened before? Sad film and sad story but I have to ask. If these guys were not "hot" or "cute" as everyone is saying would people still care about this story? I don't believe this was put out there to raise attention but rather get attention. Sorry to the person who lost their life." - November 3, 2013
Yes this has most certainly happened before. The LGBT community has most certainly been robbed of their rights not only by government officials but by their "friends" and neighbors. That the key players in this particular saga are "hot" or "cute" should not take away from the fact that this happened to them, has happened to others before, and will happen again and again... unless people like me and people like you stand up to it. If you are not hot or cute, so what? Still stand up to it. In comparison, think of all the white people who stood up to racism even though they themselves were not black.
Why care about this story? Because someone put their heart and quite possibly their soul into it. Because it's well-made. Because the fight for LGBT rights is far from over, though amazing progress has been made in the last few years. Because it could happen to someone who knows someone you know--or worse, it could happen to you.
One could view this film with many different eyes..
political, equality, injustice, etc. I feel at it's heart it is a love story plain and simple. It's so well done it pulls you in before you know it; you're right there with Tom and Shane. and then.. Tom is gone. I was hangin' pretty tough til Shane's first birthday after losing Tom. In his narrative he states that he tells people he's ok and doing fine but admits he's NOT ok, he's NOT fine. Man, does that bring it home! Anyone who's lost someone close to them will FEEL that line. Because you're NOT the same, never will be; and the underlying truth is you don't stop loving someone because they've passed away; that love stays with you and you feel it everyday. This film illustrates it perfectly...even in death.. Love endures.
On a broader human/political note.. Anyone who sees this film has to recognize that gay people are not just physcially attracted to one another but emotionally, and spiritially attracted as well. To be more specific, This film clearly shows that Tom and Shane share a physical, emotional, and spirtially bond; THAT constitutes a real marriage. I believe this film will take us a step closer to the legal acknowledgement.
Thank you Shane for putting yourself out there; for sharing Tom will us.
God Bless Tom Bridegroom!
This easily could have been a sad and bitter documentary but it was a celebration of Shane & Tom's life together. The director/producers even seemed to go the extra mile to try & show that even though they were completely wrong in how they handled things, they believed that Tom's family did love him...& for all their shortcomings (& there are many), Tom loved his family in return.
Since Shane's video first hit YouTube last year, we've come a LONG way in the battle for equality. We have a long way to go still, but I think the more people that watch this documentary (& especially the video that started it all), we'll be there sooner rather than later. You just can't watch this film (& if you have a heart) come away not knowing that love is love & who you love just shouldn't matter. Thank you Shane.
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Unexpectedly enlightening. I expected it to be a lame gay movie, but it had relevance and substance.Published 1 month ago by rway
I cried...I cried and fell in love with them both in just a short hour long moviePublished 3 months ago by Terrance C. Johnson
Truly an inspiring story! I bought this in preparation for seeing Shane speak at Ball State University this past fall, and I don't regret purchasing it one bit. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kevin
By far one of my favorite LGBT documentaries. This film will pull at your heartstrings. I just wish our God fearing brothers and sisters would stop preaching hate and start... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer