Love Is All You Need?HD Closed Captioning
K. Rocco Shields
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About the Movie
A straight love story in a gay world. Love Is All You Need? Romeo and Juliet set in a world where the norm is to be homosexual and heterosexuality is taboo. In a small Middle American town the star quarterback of the local university is outed for being a heterosexual. Her forbidden love affair with a male journalist rocks the town to its very core, setting off a series of catastrophic events that will forever change the community. The fallout of the football star’s outing puts a spotlight on how intolerance of differences affect youth, college students, parents and the town as a whole. As the unique characters’ lives collide, we also get a look at the dramatic effects of other instances of bullying, each pulled from true events and real world experiences. Love is All You Need? is based on the 19 minute short film of the same name, which was so powerful that it organically garnered over 50 million views and was self-translated by fans into more than a dozen languages, deeply touching and affecting people around the world.
A MUST-SEE for everyone, especially parents
I had the good fortune to see this movie in a screening, and it is an AMAZING piece of work, covering modern-challenges of tolerance, hate, perseverance, bullying and recovery and resurgence both physically and emotionally after surviving intense and personal tragedy from a contrary and fascinating perspective of the world.
The film discusses love from several perspectives: self-love, love of God, a parent's love for their child and loving the person you find, even if you feel that due to societal pressures that loving your soulmate must happen in clandestine encounters. At first, I thought it would be only a LGBT-friendly film, but it's for everyone.
As a parent, this film is a MUST SEE!
Based upon the immensely popular, short film on YouTube by the same name, this film expands on the very, very difficult and sometimes troubling issues of finding yourself in youth and through adolescence and beyond.
The film draws you into this strange, yet familiar world that Director Shields creates, as the story leads us to think of our own lives as we have all encountered and surviving bullying, learned to like and even love ourselves, desired to change what we don't like about what we are even if we cannot, and how we all have adapted who we are to match a societal model of who we should be.
The movie is visually and emotionally beautiful, and it shows us, the reality of how these events, which are based completely on real events which have happened here in America, resound of inequality and intolerance.
While there are some (difficult for some to watch) scenes which depict lynching, suicidal attempt, abject bullying and hate speech and crimes, the film leaves us with the beautiful message of finding and loving yourself despite the unloving messages that society or religion may dictate. I will be watching with my children (who are 12-20 years old.)
I left in tears, but I left better understanding the beautiful message of love--and an understanding that love trumps hate.
A movie everyone needs to see!
I am so touched by this movie. I am without words, this movie touches on so many current events and how we can all live with love and that love is really all you need. This movie i had to take the time to write a review on, and recommend this film as a movie that can help teach us all more tolerance, patience, and action to love each other more. Just incredible.
Everyone should see this movie!
I have been following this project since I first saw the short film a few years back - today I finally watched the movie. This film uses a simple inversion to create a dialogue revolving around love and sexual orientation; however its rhetoric is applicable across all areas of difference and is especially powerful right now. This is about approaching diversity with love, empathy and understanding - rather than fear, hate, and bullying. And I think the world could use some more love right now. Check it out if you can!