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The film's pretty good about saying why so much in the culture encourages a political life in the closet, either tacitly or directly. But even The Advocate had a problem with calling it a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy.
As public officials, do closeted politicians deserve to be outed? The targets of Kirby Dick's provocative documentary are branded by their hypocrisy, making them -- in the eyes of those represented here -- fair game.
It would be nice if the film had less of [McGreevey] and even more on some of its lying politicians. And was willing to entertain, at least for a moment, the idea that other motives might be at work than simple, internalized self-hatred.
You'd expect a documentary about closeted gay politicians who hide their sexuality behind virulently antigay voting records to be a diatribe. But Kirby Dick's furious, deft, revealing film is humane enough to separate the sinner from the sin.
Dick approaches his subject with little of the self-righteous effrontery of Michael Moore or Bill Maher, instead maintaining a modicum of objective distance and even mustering a certain sympathy for both the accuser and the accused.