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Linda Bloodworth Thomason

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About the Movie

On May 7th, 2011, a young man named Shane Bitney Crone tragically lost the love of his life, Tom, to an accident. Because they weren't married or prepared for the unexpected, Shane lost all legal claims to Tom after he died. Tom's family banned Shane from the funeral and he was unable to say goodbye. On May 7th, 2012 Shane posted a video on YouTube, entitled “It Could Happen to You.” He created it to honor his partner and show the world what can happen when two people are legally barred from having equal rights and equal protections under the law to marry. Shane’s partner was named Tom Bridegroom. The video went viral, passing two million views within seven days.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 11
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [A] simply told but exceptionally moving documentary. – David DeWitt, New York Times, Oct 3, 2013

Fresh: Super-lo-fi yet highly emotional. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Oct 17, 2013

Fresh: A poignant, powerful tale of first love and untimely death as well as a practical, frankly undeniable, plea for marriage equality. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Oct 17, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Heart wrenching

Incredible movie. Hope it opens eyes to the ones who keep them closed to equality. A true love story that never got it's happily ever after, but deserved it.

Best love story ever told.....

Truly beautiful story. I was moved and left me crying throughout the entire film. Love chooses no gender, religion or race it is universal.

Best documentary ever

Loved it!

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