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Based on the Oscar-winning short documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester [Julianne Moore] and Stacie Andree [Ellen Page] and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells [Michael Shannon], and activist Steven Goldstein [Steve Carell], unite in Laurel and Stacie's defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Entertainment One,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE FRE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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Jul 23, 2018

A good movie based on a true life story. Well done.

Apr 25, 2018

I felt that Steve Carell stuck out like a sore thumb once his character was introduced almost an hour into the movie. The humour - as utterly hilarious as his opening scene was - seemed almost misplaced and too well done for what the film had been to that point. For pure entertainment value, the love story developed during the film's beginning just lacked any depth or interest for me. I would have easily turned it off, but I was egged on by my interest in the movie in the first place; which was to perhaps expose myself on a deeper level to the "equality" or "marriage" "debate" (whatever terms ought to be used, forgive me).

I "confess" to being a practising Catholic with a very open mind, wanting to be exposed and aware of many different issues. (I also specifically watched "Danish Girl" with the same intentions.) In terms of that, I did feel some of the moments where the film wanted to make its "point" or critique of the lameness of those who oppose such rights, I did think it seemed a bit caricatured or forced. But all in all, I do appreciate having a greater understanding and being compelled to think further on this issue as a result of watching.

All in all, and most important for a movie, I give this 2.5 stars simply because I found it a rather weak effort in the way of being engrossing, interesting, compelling. Julianne Moore's character in many ways needed to be the driving force and I found her charisma to be severely lacking and just not an interesting enough character to want to watch and enjoy.

Steve Carell's quasi-homosexual activist-driven persona was truly funny though. Him being in the film was another big draw for me to watch it.

Jul 18, 2017

I enjoyed this movie very much. I liked the story, the acting, everything. This movie may help some people understand what people that are Gay go through because they have chosen to have a same-sex partner. The unacceptedness never ends completely.

Jul 01, 2017

This was a very powerful movie. I shed some tears and what was even more amazing was to watch this movie, then click on the extra features and watch the documentary upon which this movie was based. It is July 1, 2017 as I write this and I find myself wondering: "Haven't we been though this and why is there any need to even revisit this?"

I would challenge anyone who has a human heart to watch this and not be moved.

May 29, 2017

Loved this movie, very touching and very well acted in my opinion.

Apr 22, 2017

A very heartfelt and touching movie about a couple's fight for equality. I strongly believe in equality for all and this movie reinforced my beliefs.

All the actors played their parts very well and Steve Carell was perfect!

Mar 14, 2017

Thought it could of been a TV production also rather than movie.
Felt characters were abit awkward, not feeling comfortable with their roles.
Not the best acting from Page either, has done better movies.
Any fight against injustice is worth sharing but that's all I got out of this.


Nov 18, 2016

Not a run of the mill love story, but between a same sex couple with a huge age gap. Per wiki, film was an adaptation of Cynthia Wade's 2007 Oscar-winning short film Freeheld, a documentary about New Jersey police officer Laurel Hester's fight against the Ocean County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders to pass on her pension benefits to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. (Freeholders are elected county council members in New Jersey.)

Nov 03, 2016

I like true stories but the acting was a bit flat.

Oct 31, 2016

Was good movie about true lesbian love and devotion!

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Nov 18, 2016

You don't get it. You know? You're straight. You're white. You're male. This is not...
-Don't give me that bullshit.
No. No. It is not bullshit. Things are handed to you I have to fight for. That's the way it is.
-Oh, boo-hoo. So you're the oppressed minority now? Is that it?
Well, actually, the Domestic Partnership Act, passed by the state legislature, extends benefits to same sex partners of state employees.
-Hester is a county employee.
But the law says we can assign benefits to county employees.
- Bryan. ... Right. And bankrupt the county.
Oh, come on.
-Come on. What? People can make anybody their partners and get benefits.
It's really very hard to form a domestic partnership, actually. Harder than marriage.
-Nothing's harder than marriage.

Nov 18, 2016

When my heterosexual colleagues die, their pensions go to their spouses. But because my partner is a woman, I don't get to do that. In my 23 years as a police officer, I've never asked for special treatment.
I'm only asking for equality.
Um...maybe I am too old for you.
-Will you stop saying that? If anything you're too smart for me.
No way. You're smart, funny, and you're honest and... basically I think you're amazing.
My fight is not about marriage. It's about equality. It's about a cop getting the benefits she deserves...
-Not about marriage? Are you kidding me? I'm sorry. I just... I'm very passionate about this. If you were married and not this bullshit, second-class citizen domestic partner crap, but married, there wouldn't be an issue. Stacie would be entitled to your benefits. Hell, if you and I got married tomorrow, I'd be entitled to your benefits.
Is that a proposal?
-Oh, honey, I'll marry you. But I wouldn't know what to do with your vagina.

Nov 18, 2016

The more of us show up at this meeting, the more they know the department's behind her.
-And if they say yes, then my tax dollars go to her girlfriend.
Yeah. The same way your wife gets your pension if you die.
-Yeah, but she's my wife. The chief says it's a political issue and we can't take sides.
What's political about a cop getting screwed out of her pension?
Imagine the headlines. "Freeholders get several pensions while dying cop gets none." We'll look like idiots
-if we change our minds now. It'll look like we cave.
That's what you do when your ass is against the wall! You cave!
Would you like to hear what Jesus actually said about homosexuality? I will tell you what he said! And I quote. " silence ." That's right. Jesus said nothing on the subject! But he said plenty about compassion!

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