Saving Marriage (2006)
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Critic Reviews for Saving Marriage
Saving Marriage makes the deeply personal, powerfully political tussle a thriller with a number of intriguing characters and subplots.
Equally effective as a human interest story and political thriller.
Saving Marriage is an in-the-trenches, defiantly partisan and exuberantly big-hearted movie.
We've all heard the story before, but moving discussions with folks like gay-rights lobbyist Arline Isaacson and lively footage of protests and Senate-floor testimonies make this film one wild personal-is-political ride.
Audience Reviews for Saving Marriage
I'm torn: I want to extol the virtues of Saving Marriage on purely my personal beliefs, but I can't give it an unqualified recommendation as a movie. Why? There's something...off...about it as the story of Massachusetts allowing gay marriage is told. Small technical issues like the lack of date stamps and the way the narrative seemingly skips from the marriage fight to an election fight had me scratching my head more than once. However, this is a compelling story obviously centered on the pro-gay side of the debate. It certainly plays on emotions, which most documentaries do, but never manages to have the two sides sit down to just talk without the rhetoric. That is squarely because of the real time nature of the film. And when a key legislator changes his vote at the last minute, it almost comes out of nowhere for the same reason. Still, this is a prime example of how ordinary people changed the course of a state after losing a battle, but not the war.
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