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The Case Against 8

Documentary about the court cases that led to the overturn of Proposition 8 in California (the voter initiative defining marriage to be between one man and one woman). I really enjoyed the movie because (a) I learned a lot – I did not, for example, realize that the two attorneys who handled the case were the same two who were on opposite sides of the Gore versus Bush case that went to the Supreme Court; b) it spent a lot of time in interviews with the two couples who were plaintiffs in the case; c) it was fun to see the strategy underlying such a big case; and (d) its story plays out like investigative journalism – it is suspenseful even when you already know the outcome. Big thumbs up for a movie that documents, in a thoroughly entertaining way, the events that lead to a legal decision having such widespread social and personal impact. (2014; 4 Stars)

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