Bridegroom (2013)



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BRIDEGROOM tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death- of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized- is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality and human rights like no speech or lecture ever will. (c) Virgil

Rating: R (for some language)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 19, 2013
Virgil Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Bridegroom

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Super-lo-fi yet highly emotional.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Top Critic

This deeply moving documentary will melt the heart of anyone who sees it.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A poignant, powerful tale of first love and untimely death as well as a practical, frankly undeniable, plea for marriage equality.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

[A] simply told but exceptionally moving documentary.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

A gripping documentary that pivots on brutal familial homophobia ...

Full Review… | October 1, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Moving documentary.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Bridegroom

Heartbreaking. An important document of the realities of discrimination. Put together in a very competent manner.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

I think the most heartbreaking thing about this film is that there are STILL people who won't be affected by it and who won't care that situations like this one are reality for so many couples. Whatever your views on equality, you NEED to see this documentary.


Wow ... this really should tug at heartstrings and I do not know what to make of those who could watch this and not come away with an understanding that "love is love" and we are all people who basically want the same things in life -- the only label that should matter is "human being". Bridegroom is a very simply told documentary that was funded and made possible by the crowd-funding website, Kickstarter, about Shane, a young man from Kalispell, Montana who grew up dreaming of California and hoping to one day find the love and happiness all others in his life experienced. Soon after high school graduation and his 18th birthday, Shane moved south to the sunny weather of the Los Angeles area and was reluctantly paired up with a person four-years older than him -- who was much-more outgoing -- but shared many of his same interests and likes. The two eventually hit it off, were deemed "soul-mates" by some and formed a strong and solid six-year relationship that saw them blossom and travel the world and laugh and smile and share in each other's triumphs and stumbles. The relationship ended suddenly when the love of Shane's life tragically fell four stories from a building and died. The story is told through Shane's confessions to the camera using many archived clips and photographs to show the developing relationship. Many of the couple's friends and family members are also interviewed that lend support to Shane and the remarkably strong relationship he was in that appeared to have been one that would last forever had tragedy not struck in the prime of their lives. The documentary is nothing flashy and is nothing more than clips of people talking about their friend/son/brother who was in love and so there is nothing ground-breaking in its presentation or style; but it packs an emotional punch as it reveals love is an uncontrollable human act. I'd heard some hype about this little film that implied it "must be seen"! The doc asks some very valid questions and I believe it should be seen. The person at the center of this doc who died had listed God as their hero on one of their social media homepages ... I kind of dare anybody to watch this film and say God did not play an important part in bringing Shane and Tom (yes -- gasp, his love was a boy!) together. He showed them the importance of love and now Shane is showing us. IF God is love ...

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