The Source Family (2013)
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Critic Reviews for The Source Family
The former disciples interviewed here, now mostly professionals or entrepreneurs in New Agey businesses, seem frank about their leader's excesses, but the wild subject matter cries out for a more objective treatment.
Baker's transformation from "spiritual father" to megalomaniac follows a familiar path of brainwashing and hedonism ...
While the movie isn't up to much more than illustrating how far his reach extends (two of the commune members live in Yelm, Thurston County), it's a very agreeable entertainment.
Great stories don't always make for great documentaries, although it's easy to confuse the two.
Audience Reviews for The Source Family
There's something insanely engrossing about seeing real footage of cults. Stemming from the suburban paranoia of the fifties, cults have always been seen as the black hole from which engaged, bright teenagers disappear forever. Legions of drug addicted, listless, pothead young people, flocked to the arms of the omnipotent Father Yod, leader of the Source Family; who are the subjects of this documentary.
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Bizarre and entertaining, The Source Family takes you on the journey of many of the members of this cult. At first you're fascinated by the enigmatic leader "Father Yod", and by the end you're disgusted and frightened by him. It doesn't totally justify its run time, and there are times I wondered if there was more to this story. But it will satisfy you on a weekday afternoon if you're home sick or something.
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