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The film operates under the assumption that the average Joe associates Mormonism more with "Sister Wives" than Mitt Romney, so the film will be an eye-opener only for subscribers to such stereotypes.
The narration promises surprises ("This story may challenge what you think you know about the roles men and women play in Mormon homes"), but the movie might have started by examining its straw-man conception of the audience.
Would you go out of your way to see an infomercial that was more than an hour long? Would you even pay for the privilege? That's what "Meet the Mormons" would have filmgoers do.
Meet the Mormons isn't substantial enough to screen on the first day of LDS 101; the church's most basic tenets - and controversial aspects - are elided completely.
Audiences from outside the LDS Church may not come away with a new understanding of church positions on contemporary social issues, but at least they might find their basic assumptions challenged.
Nothing more than a slick-looking TV ad, where its placement behind the "pay wall" of your local AMC, Regal or Cinemark seems rather silly.
Isn't it silly to demand the film be more than what the filmmakers intended it to be? Did anyone expect the church to hire Michael Moore to direct its film?
There's nothing in the movie about Mormon history, and no discussion of the unique aspects of LDS doctrine about which non-Mormons tend to be the most curious.
Nearly nothing in Blair Treu's kindly public relations film illuminates the practices or beliefs of the church, except for a will to goodness and success, and small, seemingly telling details go unremarked.
Breaks the shocking news that LDS members 'come in all sizes, shapes and colors' and 'love God and believe he has a plan for all of us. Is this news worth $10.50 a ticket?
Slick, relentlessly upbeat propaganda that suffers from too many sins of omission.
"Meet the Mormons" offers almost no insight into Mormonism and plays like an infomercial. Unless you're a Mormon who just wants to feel you're special because a movie was made about people like you, this film has almost no value.
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