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Arthur Dong: Family Fundamentals
In his new feature documentary, Family Fundamentals, filmmaker Arthur Dong (Licensed to Kill, Coming Out Under Fire) continues his quest to understand American contempt for homosexuality and its effects on family, culture and the nation's political landscape. Armed with a digital camera, Dong takes viewers into the private, and sometimes very public lives, of three conservative Christian families with gay and lesbian children. -- © DeepFocus Productions, Inc
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A moving and important film."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"As part of Mr. Dong's continuing exploration of homosexuality in America, Family Fundamentals is an earnest study in despair."
‑ Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times
"A timely and incisive film about the untenable conflict between warring American values -- religious fundamentalism versus family love."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"Has moments of great poignancy and insight."
‑ Nigam Nuggehalli, culturevulture.net
"Dong shows how intolerance has the power to deform families, then tear them apart."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An 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."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"Dong never pushes for insights beyond the superficial tensions of the dynamic he's dissecting, and the film settles too easily along the contours of expectation."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"Compassionate, potent documentary."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"So many documentaries like this presuppose religious bigotry or zealous nuttiness of its antagonists, but Family Fundamentals displays a rare gift for unflinching impartiality."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Dong doesn't demonize the conservative Christians he talks to, but he doesn't have to..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Just how these families interact may surprise you."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Compassionately explores the seemingly irreconcilable situation between conservative Christian parents and their estranged gay and lesbian children."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"It's always disappointing when a documentary fails to live up to -- or offer any new insight into -- its chosen topic. Unfortunately, that's precisely what Arthur Dong's Family Fundamentals does."
‑ Jordan Reed, Boxoffice Magazine
"[Dong] makes a valiant effort to understand everyone's point of view, and he does such a good job of it that Family Fundamentals gets you riled up."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Using his audience as a figurative port-of-call, Dong pulls his even-handed ideological ship to their dock for unloading, before he continues his longer journey still ahead."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
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