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Loggerheads Reviews

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August 23, 2013
A meandering tone that unfolds delicately with a cast to compliment it.

March 28, 2012
A decent little Indy film, but nothing to rush out to rent.
½ December 24, 2011
Deft interweaving of 3 connected stories, deeply moving
August 21, 2011
This movie was compelling and real.
½ May 10, 2011
Tim Kirkman, the director, whom I've worked with countless times on television productions, has such a wonderful little movie here. It's a very subtle. Believable performances. I liked it quite a bit! Well done, Tim haha
September 10, 2010
ship!!! thats shit to you and me
March 31, 2010
Slow-paced like a turtle

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

At the beginning of 'Loggerheads', we're introduced to three pairs of seemingly unrelated characters. To make matters even more confusing, we're informed (via titles on the screen) that the action is taking place in three separate time lines (between the years 1999 and 2001). It takes a great deal of time but eventually we come to see how the three pairs are related: Mark Austin, a young man in his 20s, gay and HIV Positive is estranged from his conservative parents, Elizabeth and Rev. Robert Austin.

Mark is now a drifter and arrives in Kure Beach, North Carolina, a seaside town, where he meets George (sensitively played by Michael Kelly), a gay motel owner and they eventually become involved with each other. Meanwhile, Mark's birth mother, Grace (played by Bonnie Hunt) has come to the point in her life where she has decided to find the son she gave up for adoption when she was 17. Similarly, Mark's adoptive mother, also has decided to track her estranged son as she misses him (despite the misgivings of her homophobic minister husband).

'Loggerheads' we're told is based on a true story and that perhaps is its Achilles Heel. Director/Writer Tim Kirkman tries too hard to create scenes fraught with dramatic tension where there is very little to be found. Take Mark and George?they're both sensitive souls who have little to disagree about. There's some slight tension when Grace faces off against an Adoption Agency Director who is forbidden by law to give her any information about her lost son as well as a slight conflict with her mother who denies that she disapproved of her when she became pregnant as a teenager. No sparks fly either between Elizabeth and Robert since the good Reverend has adamantly insisted from the beginning that he has no intention of reconciling with his son.

'Loggerheads' is similar to 'Brokeback Mountain' in that the gay couple are the good guys and the straight males (for example, the Kure Beach cop and the Reverend) are the baddies. The biggest letdown of the movie is that there is no interaction (and hence no dramatic conflict) between Mark and either one of his 'mothers'. Mark is already dead before either the birth or adoptive mother has a chance to reconcile with him.

Kirkman's theme is both a plea for tolerance and an exhortation for family members to express their heartfelt feelings before it's too late! Kirkman's sentiments are for the most part well-intentioned but they do not make for good drama. Loggerheads moves along at a snail's pace without providing any new revelations (or suspense) regarding such topics as AIDS, Adoption and Homophobia. Ultimately 'Loggerheads' fails due to its slow pacing.
February 15, 2010
could someone please add this movie I really want to see it!! Please
½ January 21, 2010
Beautiful movie because of a great screenplay, wonderful actors and not least because of it being filmed and set in North Carolina, one of the most beautiful places on earth.
½ November 9, 2009
A subject that is close to my heart, this movie was good and emotionally destructive.
September 7, 2009
that's an exceptional movie!
½ August 25, 2009
(4-1/2 stars out of 5) Based on a true story, this film is one of those movies that you know is building to something. It unfolds slowing until you're practically begging to know what's going to happen. It's got some really great human relatable characters, not caricatures. You're rooting for everyone to have a happy ending, all the while waiting for the other shoe to drop, you know it's not going to end well but you're hopeful none-the-less. It's about a mother trying to find the son she gave up for adoption--who happens to be gay and was placed with a preacher's family who basically runs him out of his home when he was 17. Bonnie Hunt, although naturally funny really breaks your heart in this movie. I wish she got more serious work as an actress. She does not need to play the goofy best friend anymore. See this movie with your mom!
July 13, 2009
Fairly neat but rather melodramatic as well. A captivating who's who hook.
July 12, 2009
Very beautiful, and sad. This movie is filled with symbolism and emotion. Loved it!
½ July 8, 2009
A young gay guy on a journey to save the loggerhead turtles and to find a place to call home before he dies.
July 3, 2009
crepuscolare, suppongo
½ April 26, 2009
A great movie. Such a sad story, but Bonnie Hunt and the rest of the cast were amazing. It takes time to realize the full spectrum of the plot, and how the 3 stories connect, but its worth the wait.
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½ April 4, 2009
A bit sappy but very likeable movie about a woman's search for the child she gave up for adoption.
½ January 15, 2009
nice multicharacter film
½ October 5, 2008
This is a touching, brilliant and rare film that really moved me.
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