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1 hr. 14 min.

Plot Summary
Arthur Dong's documentary delves into conservative religious families who have gay children, discovering that many parents become active campaigners against gay rights. We meet people on both sides of the debate, like Kathleen Bremner, a California grandmother who runs a homemade "ministry" counseling conservative parents, and Brett Matthews, a former Air Force cadet excommunicated by his Mormon family. Dong's film seeks not to shock, but to show the shared humanity of his opposing subjects.


Director: Arthur Dong

Genres: Documentary

Family Fundamentals (2002)

Release Date: January 1st, 2002|1 hr. 14 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( )
  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Earnest, heartrending look at the divide between religious fundamentalists and their gay relatives. It's also heavy-handed and devotes too much time to bigoted views. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The film is somewhat hampered by the refusal of the parents in two of the three families to participate in it. Though the children provide an eloquent, impassioned presence, their parents' absence is overwhelming. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The film discusses important social and personal issues, although the interview subjects don't always have enlightening things to say. show more

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