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8: The Mormon Proposition exposes the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California's Proposition 8 and the religion's secretive campaign against gay rights. As California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 languished in the polls, Mormon Prophet Thomas S. Monson issued a call from Salt Lake City to millions of Mormons all over the world. His was an order to action - containing the secret code language of the highly secret Mormon temple ceremony - commanding Mormons both inside and outside of California to do all things necessary to insure the passage of California's Proposition 8. Within days, hundreds of thousands of Mormons all over the United States funneled thirty million dollars in to California to ensure the passage of Proposition 8. It wasn't until the California Fair Political Practices Commission launched an investigation into the Church's involvement did the secrets of the Mormon effort become a matter of record.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 35
- Fresh: 22
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 6.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The highly emotional documentary is narrated by Dustin Lance Black, the screenwriter for Milk, who, like Mr. Cowan, is gay and grew up in a Mormon household.
Fresh: [Cowan] expands his sad and furious homegrown film to record the misery of gay Mormons sometimes driven to suicide over being rejected by their church and families.
Fresh: Instead of stooping to the level of Focus on the Family's misleading Prop. 8 ads, the pic damns the LDS Church not with lies, but with their own words.
Rotten: It seems impossible that anyone will have their minds changed or even piqued by watching this film. No one will really listen to The Mormon Proposition because we've heard it all before.
Coming from a Mormon
When we hear the arguments that this movie is "propaganda" or a "masterpiece" it is indicative of what this movie was created to do, start a conversation. This movie was made on a extremely sensitive subject, therefore there is going to be strong emotion on both sides of the spectrum. I would give the advice to not take this movie at face value, but to watch and listen and see where you stand. To me this movie will stand as a depiction of a classic battle of good and evil and a monumental mistake.
LOTS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT -BEWARE:
There were a lot of video clips used that were taken and pasted together to make a point by the director and producer, but I noticed that most of them were completely taken out of context. It would be like going through all the video footage that was ever shot of the Pope and then pasting certain pieces together to make the Pope appear to be something that he is not.
This video is about the opinion of the producers and writers and they have presented the material in a slanted way. I think that some of those interviewed may not portraying actual facts, but opinions, because they talk of things that simply did not happen.
This film is as controversial as some of the films my Michael Moore. You can't even safely assume that it is all fact. Much is misleading and is indeed not the truth at all. Like gathering a bunch of people together that don't like president Obama and making a film about him in a negative light with all kinds of video clips pasted together to make your point appear valid.
Beware: Any writer or producer or newspaper can take any subject and put a spin on it now days to make anything appear to be something that it is not. This film is one of those "spins."
If you can't see that this is a documentary created out of hate you are delusional. This is one of the most hypocritical, false, hateful piece of film ever made. I am unbelievably offended by this film and how many lies are being sold to the public as truth. Disagreeing on the proposition is one thing but fighting back with lies, propaganda, and hatred for a religion is not the way to get your point across. Especially when you are trying to preach that you are a peaceful loving people just trying to earn your rights. I'm all for discussion and stating points of view but this does not accomplish that goal. Hopefully people will not be so blind to take this so-called "documentary" as fact. Shame on you. Next time I recommend you create a pro-gay marriage film instead of an anti-Mormon one. You might get your point across a little bit better.