Hate Crime

 (143)1 h 43 min200613+
Compelling and unpredictable crime thriller. Robbie and Trey are gay, middle-class, suburban professionals. Life is good...until the son of a fundamentalist preacher moves in next door. Multiple festival "best feature film" awards, plus a brilliant cast.
Tommy Stovall
Seth PetersonBruce DavisonChad Donella
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RoyReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Hate can come from any direction
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Overall this is not a bad movie, my objection to it is that it is just piling on more hate. I am gay, I grew up in the 60s and 70s, well before being gay was for cool kids. I know what hate crimes are, I know what they feel like, and I am well aware of the type of people they come from. Christians, as a group, are no more likely to commit a hate crime than any other group, and less so than some. Most Christians, just like most people, don't care one way or the other that someone is gay. Even if they are of the firm belief it is a sin, since they also understand no sin is worse than any other sin and everyone sins. Sure, there are the very vocal zealots, but they are rare and are disliked even amongst Christians. So maybe it's time we stop stereotyping Christians. Hate crimes are committed by individuals, by bigots and by the mentally disturbed, not becuase of a religion.
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REV VINCENTReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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As an ordained Christian theologian, I was totally immersed in this movie. It portrays the self-righteous, selfishly focused Christians in their authentic mental attire. They put themselves in the place of God, issuing judgment on those who they decide are the unworthy. Little do they realize that judgment rests with God. The palpable hatred of the pastor in this film flows freely through the veins of far too many today. When the current occupant of the White House surrounds himself with several hundred "pastors" who profess a desire to "kill the queers", we know that we as a nation and a people have fallen further away from God: Not because of the gays, but because of them.
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Tom GeorgeReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not What I expected.
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I had no intentions of watching this after reading the description. It sounded predictable and depressing. The many good reviews convinced me to give it a try. With the exception of the one big surprise, most of the film was predictable. People who are the most vehement in their hatred of gays are often fighting their own homosexuality. The sad part is these hate crimes are common. In the Book of Revelations God tells the those who hate in His name after they say they were only doing His work, "Depart from me, I never knew you." When I read this in my Bible I believe God is taking about the Fundamental, Evangelical cults of today that preach hate. I believe God has a special place in hell for them. They know nothing about God. God is love.
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lynnReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Gave one star but doesn't deserve that!!!
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For the life of me, I cannot understand why so many people gave this a 4 or 5 star rating as it is terrible acting at best! Some of it is comical acting, it is so bad!!!---and it won awards???!!! If anything it gives a very inaccurate depiction of Christians toward the gay community. The theme of this story suggests that Christians are violent toward gay people!!! NOT RIGHT!!! I am a Christian and have many gay friends. I believe that love is love period and if you happen to fall in love with someone of the same sex, it is what it is. I believe ,as a Christian, that God made man and woman to be together, but I also know that when Adam sinned it changed the world and sin entered into it. I pray for gay people and believe that God is a good God and will forgive (anyone) as long as they believe in Jesus who died on the cross for all our sins, past , present and future. God Bless all!!!
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GiftbearerReviewed in the United States on May 5, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
This type of hate is more prevalent than you might think
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I thought the movie was good, but the last part was pretty unrealistic (hence why I gave it only 4 stars). I think a better ending would have been if the surviving partner had been able to find the irrefutable proof the police detective needed to prove who did it.

The aspect that was realistic is the sacred cow factor that certain individuals have in society and that fighting a bias that has such deep roots in our culture is an uphill battle. One has to keep in mind that biases exist even in law enforcement that create an uneven playing field for gay people, racial groups, immigrants, disabled people, and others who are commonly viewed as less powerful/credible.

This is accurately portrayed in this film when the homicide detective slips up and makes an anti-gay slur when speaking with the female detective. He would rather believe the pastor than a gay man and it shows in the way he handles the case. He was most likely brought up in a church that preached similar judgment against gay people and that clouds his ability to be objective.

I disagree with the commenter who said that this kind of hate is uncommon among people who consider themselves Christians and that religion has nothing to do with those views.

As we have seen clearly exposed during the Trump administration, the religious right pretty consistently has a very black and white type of thinking and often those individuals think it's OK to take the law into their own hands because they mistake vigilantism for justice and think that's what God would want. I see this expressed on social media all the time and religion used as an excuse for it. Take the case of Kyle Rittenhouse for example; although not everyone would do what he did there are many on social media who made excuses for his actions and even referred to him as a "hero" because of their bias against and vilification of the Black Lives Matter movement. I have seen long threads in which one after another have even gone so far as to say he should be released from jail and said "he did nothing wrong".

The insurrection at the capitol is a prime example of this mentality in action. Hundreds of people who participated in that thought they were carrying out the will of God, so they were able to override their own sense of right and wrong in order to do such acts of violence. Religion often is twisted by the interpretation of those in positions of power, and people do in fact become brainwashed by these types of leaders. One cannot deny the influence they have on other people. Many who follow that belief system have missed the memo that there is folly in following false idols. They interpret the bible to justify injust actions which stem from deep seated beliefs that certain people are sub-human.

Likewise, when people are at a distinct disadvantage they are sometimes driven to commit crimes of their own, as the surviving partner did in this story. Although two wrongs don't make a right, I can see how that happens when nobody believes you and the odds are stacked against you of justice ever being done through the proper channels. Institutional homophobia is a real thing just as institutional racism is real. I think this is the message the movie was trying to get at, although that message got obscured a bit when the man whose partner was killed stepped over the line from victim to perpetrator.

I thought it was interesting that the homicide detective made that statement about there being only 2 bullets in the gun being "strange". If you look at his facial expression I think he knew who killed the gay man and at the same time was paradoxically relieved when things ended the way they did that he didn't have to have an acquittal on his conscience because the problem was taken care of with some "street justice".
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K. E. StranskyReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sometimes Hate Hides Behind The Bible, This Movie Shows How.
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This is a powerful story of love and hate and evil. Brilliant writing and acting make for a very good portrayal of a possible real situation in a small town with an unchecked pastor. I loved the love that this story told of several families and neighbors that all contrasted with the evil of another family.
A powerful movie for all adults to watch.
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KarenReviewed in the United States on April 7, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Like a LIfetime Movie, Except the Actors Aren't Good Enough to Make You Cry
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Probably not so bad as one star, but I was fooled into watching this by the high ratings and promise of twists and turns and suspense; so I am trying to balance that out. It is like a Lifetime movie, a very straightforward predictable drama about a social issue. The biggest problem is that the subject matter is emotional but none of the actors were able to portray emotions in a believable way. A lot of the script was obviously written to create strong emotional scenes but the actors just couldn't deliver and it fell flat.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
This Is A Great Show DON'T MISS IT.
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I don't believe there are many evil men of God, but some surely exist. The film and the characters are well crafted, and the plot is riveting. I think the gay couple were a rare example, but not inaccurate. I would recommend this film to anyone except the young audience. It is one of the few movies I would watch again. Thanks to the writers and crew who put this together. MASTERFUL!
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