Valentine Road (2012)
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Critic Reviews for Valentine Road
Haunting, heartfelt and even-handed, Valentine Road should be required viewing in teaching tolerance on middle-school and high-school campuses.
Valentine Road does an impressive job of making a 2008 shooting at a junior high school in Oxnard, Calif., horrifying and disheartening all over again.
For viewers, Brandon's action feels tragic and inexcusable. The hard part is how to respond to it, and Valentine Road, like much of "the system," doesn't suggest any easy answer.
Though the ugly phobia that gave rise to the killing and permeated the legal proceedings boils the blood, the film's tone is somber rather than angry, and its effect is quietly devastating.
Plumbs the pathetic depths of intolerance and distorted compassion in one of the supposedly most liberal states in the union. Its panoramic and both-sides approach to a brutal, traumatizing act of retaliatory violence chills and stills the heart.
Audience Reviews for Valentine Road
Intolerance is an ugly thing, it's only magnified here. Great movie about how jacked up people are and those that defend the ill, disgraceful, I hope Brandon dies of aids.
The tragic tale of Larry King. An openly LGBT teenager who was gunned down by a classmate after Larry had asked him to be his valentine. This HBO documentary explores how this all came about and how the system and their peers seemed to fail both boys. The tone is more sombre than angry although the defence of Brandon (the perpetrator) is rather blood boiling.
I went into this movie knowing nothing about this case. Upon seeing it, I am saddened and disgusted. The outcome of the trial made me extremely angry. I couldn't believe how flippant the jurors and Brandon's lawyers were about his actions. How dare they say that 21 years in jail is too long for someone "so young"...he murdered someone! However, I do believe this film could be a good educational tool in classrooms to teach tolerance and bring awareness.
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