This made for TV movie about the murder of Matthew Shepard is a good movie, but it could have been much better as well. The biggest problem with the film is that it takes a true story, which is sad in itself and the filmmakers cut a bit of corners to give it that more dramatic feel. I just felt that the true story deserved to be told in a more respectful manner. For what it was, it was a good film, and it certainly was sad, but the filmmakers tried to manipulate a bit too hard on the facts and watered down the true story for the sake of a good Friday night movie. Acting wise, there were some good performances, but if you've seen many made for TV films in the past, then, it is so-so in caliber. The Laramie Project on the other hand was a far better movie on the true events and I felt it was a well acted picture that truly was respectful to the hate crime that was committed against Matthew Shepard, who was tortured and murdered because he was gay. Watch The Laramie Project instead, as this one mixes more fiction into its story for delivers a dramatic movie that just feels like it wasn't meant to be made. I don't think the filmmakers tried to cash in on the tragedy, but it just feels like they could have put a bit more effort into the movie and create a remarkable drama that is actually worth seeing. This one is good, but leaves a lot of room for improvement.