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It's unabashedly biased, but this look at the fight over gay marriage in California is impassioned and provocative. Read critic reviews

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8: The Mormon Proposition Photos

Movie Info

A history reveals the Mormon Church's stance against the rights of people who are not heterosexual.

Cast & Crew

Reed Cowan
Screenwriter
Reed Cowan
Executive Producer
Nicholas Greer
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Reed Cowan
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Steven Greenstreet
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Mark Barr
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Marian Eckley
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Critic Reviews for 8: The Mormon Proposition

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (13)

  • I don't want you to think this movie was boring; it was actually fascinating and actually required watching for every gay person everywhere!

    June 10, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Provocative and disturbing.

    July 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • It's marred by loaded language and a propagandistic tone that undercuts rather than promotes its purposes.

    June 24, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • [Cowan] expands his sad and furious homegrown film to record the misery of gay Mormons sometimes driven to suicide over being rejected by their church and families.

    June 23, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • There is a message here of the necessity for tolerance, but 8: The Mormon Proposition would have been better had its makers presented it in a more consistent, artful fashion.

    June 22, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • An impassioned piece of timely agitprop.

    June 21, 2010
  • I don't want you to think this movie was boring; it was actually fascinating and actually required watching for every gay person everywhere!

    June 10, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Provocative and disturbing.

    July 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • It's marred by loaded language and a propagandistic tone that undercuts rather than promotes its purposes.

    June 24, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • [Cowan] expands his sad and furious homegrown film to record the misery of gay Mormons sometimes driven to suicide over being rejected by their church and families.

    June 23, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • This propaganda style doc is too busy evoking intolerance (ironically) and fear mongering to provoke any rational analysis of the facts.

    August 14, 2012 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • The film's powerful correlative lesson? That citizen journalism will play an important role in outing big-money political players who would like to silently put their stamp on laws from the capitalistic safety of the shadows.

    July 26, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 8: The Mormon Proposition

  • Mar 10, 2012
    Call me biased, I do not care. This is one darn powerful film. A little bit improvement on the editing would be better though. Mormons stay away from this film, don't bloody rate it down because you disagree with it!!!!!! Jesus loves everyone!!!!
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2011
    This controversial yet popular documentary focuses on the Mormon stance on gay marriage, gay youth, and the religion behind the political workings of Proposition 8. The presentation of the facts is pretty skewed in this film. Instead of looking at the entire process of the passing of Prop 8 after the takedown of Prop 22, including the other lobbyists, the presidential election happening at the exact same time, and the corruption of the California pundits, the makers of the film turned a blind eye and moved in on the Mormon Church. I can say without a doubt that this film showed me the full extent of the church's involvement and dereliction in Prop 8's history, but to put a stranglehold on the true story with propaganda isn't helping anyone. I also had problems with the reenactments which looked like America's Most Wanted. Even with all these unmistakable flaws, I will support this film to the death because it is one that is more stirring than you can imagine. It has the heat of infallible injustice and the fight to resurrect what was lost after so long a fight to make this country truly free. I don't care if your politics don't coincide with mine, or if you simply can't agree with me because of some moral ambiguity, but you can't tell me that the personal stories, and tributes, and loss in this film doesn't wrench you dry of tears. I myself cried at least three times while watching this, only once in joy. The film exhibits the biased hate, but goes into strange territory when it also covers reassignment at BYU and gay suicides. The suicides do tie-in, but aren't presented correctly. Instead of making this about the injustices of the actual legislation they became emotional and were overcome by a want to get to our sentiment. They did this with the heartbreak of ignorance, but this film could have done and been so much more if they thought more about what they had wanted to say and simply said it, instead of being so petty. It's a shame that more couldn't be taken out of this film because of sheer brevity.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2011
    Ya know when "traditional marriage" people scream about liberal or San Francisco values invading the heartland and all that sort of stuff? 8: The Mormon Proposition provides an educated, rational retort to the claim. See, the Mormon Church, headquartered in Utah, dumped millions of dollars into the California's Proposition 8. This doc certainly has a point of view it is not ashamed to tout on its sleeve; that's not the point. The point is to trace the Mormon Church's anti-gay stance and their mobilization to affect public policy outside of Utah. It is the perfect compliment to Saving Marriage, showcasing a different side of the marriage equality fight. In the final 15 minutes, the doc tends to go off the rails just a little bit with a story about a Utah congressman. Before that, though, this is a crucial doc for the pro-gay marriage side and includes enough evidence to begin reforming tax exemption laws, disclosure and to call into question all the "because god says so" beliefs we hold.
    Jason V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2011
    I want to be an advocate for revoking the Mormons tax exempt status for how they influenced a political race. 22,000,000 from LDS to affect the Prop 8 vote? If I were LDS I would be demanding an accounting for such foolish spending!!
    Thomas J Super Reviewer

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