Family Fundamentals
Family Fundamentals (2002)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 11, 2002
DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A moving and important film.

Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

As part of Mr. Dong's continuing exploration of homosexuality in America, Family Fundamentals is an earnest study in despair.

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Chris Gore
Film Threat

A timely and incisive film about the untenable conflict between warring American values -- religious fundamentalism versus family love.

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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

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.

Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Compassionate, potent documentary.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Just how these families interact may surprise you.

Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

Compassionately explores the seemingly irreconcilable situation between conservative Christian parents and their estranged gay and lesbian children.

Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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