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Valentine Road (2013)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 4 October 2013 (USA)
On February 12, 2008, in Oxnard, California, eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney shot his classmate Larry King twice in the back of the head during first period. When Larry died two days... See full summary »

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Marta Cunningham
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Credited cast:
James Bing James Bing ... Himself
Jeremy Bing Jeremy Bing ... Himself
Rosalie Black Rosalie Black ... Herself
Dawn Boldrin Dawn Boldrin ... Herself
Robyn Bramson Robyn Bramson ... Herself
Shirley Brown Shirley Brown ... Herself
Tracy Carroll Tracy Carroll ... Herself
Sue Crowley Sue Crowley ... Herself
Joy Epstein Joy Epstein ... Herself
Maeve Fox Maeve Fox ... Herself
Richard Gonzales Richard Gonzales ... Himself
Donald Hoagland Donald Hoagland ... Himself
Jeff Kay Jeff Kay ... Himself
David Keith David Keith ... Himself
Larry King ... Himself (archive footage)
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On February 12, 2008, in Oxnard, California, eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney shot his classmate Larry King twice in the back of the head during first period. When Larry died two days later, his murder shocked the nation. Was this a hate crime, one perpetrated by a budding neo-Nazi whose masculinity was threatened by an effeminate gay kid who may have had a crush on him? Or was there even more to it? Looking beyond all the copious news coverage of this tragic event, Valentine Road tells the story of two victims: the deceased and the murderer. With keen insight, the film connects the human wreckage of Larry's and Brandon's troubled lives-both physically abused, both from broken homes, and both searching for a sense of belonging. Written by Sundance

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Not quite even handed
6 September 2014 | by HoumattSee all my reviews

It might look like Producer/Director Marta Cunningham might have tried to create an even handed film about Lawrence King and his killer, Brandon McInerney, but alas...her bias shows.

For one thing, Cunningham tries way too hard to convince the viewer that Brandon killed Lawrence because of ties to neo-Nazis. And in order to do this, she intentionally leaves out something vital, which explains just exactly why Brandon's jury was deadlocked and members ultimately came to support him.

Joy Epstein, a lesbian, and the Assistant Principal not only supported and encouraged Lawrence, she also gave him a gift card so he could buy girls' shoes that he wore on campus (perhaps the very ones mentioned in the film).

But she also issued a memo to the faculty that Lawrence was not to be bothered by them for his behavior. This directly led to him parading himself in front of groups of boys, following them to the boys' restroom, and taunting them with such things as saying, "You know you want me."

So in the film, you are led to believe Brandon was the sole target of Lawrence's behavior. But the above, reported during trial coverage by Los Angeles Times, shows otherwise.

Now you know the rest of the story.

There is also the talk of "tolerance" and the use of Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis's "Same Love," so you know where Cunningham is going with this.

Shameful. Just stick with the facts, ma'am, no matter how much it hurts.


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