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Arthur Dong: Family Fundamentals

Arthur Dong: Family Fundamentals (2002)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 3

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In his new feature documentary, Family Fundamentals, filmmaker Arthur Dong (Licensed to Kill, Coming Out Under Fire) continues his quest to understand American contempt for homosexuality and its effects on family, culture and the nation's political landscape. Armed with a digital camera, Dong takes viewers into the private, and sometimes very public lives, of three conservative Christian families with gay and lesbian children. -- © DeepFocus Productions, Inc

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Documentary, Special Interest

Jun 14, 2005

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (7) | DVD (1)

A moving and important film.

November 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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An earnest, heartrending look at the divide between religious fundamentalists and their gay relatives. It's also heavy-handed and devotes too much time to bigoted views.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Just how these families interact may surprise you.

October 11, 2002
New York Post
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As part of Mr. Dong's continuing exploration of homosexuality in America, Family Fundamentals is an earnest study in despair.

October 10, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Dong never pushes for insights beyond the superficial tensions of the dynamic he's dissecting, and the film settles too easily along the contours of expectation.

October 10, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Compassionately explores the seemingly irreconcilable situation between conservative Christian parents and their estranged gay and lesbian children.

October 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A timely and incisive film about the untenable conflict between warring American values -- religious fundamentalism versus family love.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Compassionate, potent documentary.

October 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's always disappointing when a documentary fails to live up to -- or offer any new insight into -- its chosen topic. Unfortunately, that's precisely what Arthur Dong's Family Fundamentals does.

October 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Has moments of great poignancy and insight.

October 16, 2002 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

So many documentaries like this presuppose religious bigotry or zealous nuttiness of its antagonists, but Family Fundamentals displays a rare gift for unflinching impartiality.

October 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

[Dong] makes a valiant effort to understand everyone's point of view, and he does such a good job of it that Family Fundamentals gets you riled up.

October 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Dong shows how intolerance has the power to deform families, then tear them apart.

October 10, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Dong doesn't demonize the conservative Christians he talks to, but he doesn't have to...

October 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Using his audience as a figurative port-of-call, Dong pulls his even-handed ideological ship to their dock for unloading, before he continues his longer journey still ahead.

October 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

As in his other searingly intelligent docs, Dong presents the facts in an admirably clear-eyed way.

October 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

An incendiary, deeply thought-provoking look at one of the most peculiar (and peculiarly venomous) bigotries in our increasingly frightening theocracy

September 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A heartbreaking look at families torn apart with irreconcilable differences relating to religious beliefs regarding the morality of homosexuality.

September 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The problem with this film is that it lacks focus. I sympathize with the plight of these families, but the movie doesn't do a very good job conveying the issue at hand.

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

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