Sunday, October 23, 2011

Movie with Abe: The Green (Capsule Review)

The Green
Directed by Steven Williford
Released on VOD October 18, 2011

Some movies are about people, and some are about more general or specific themes. Some films are about both, and that’s the case with “The Green,” the story of Michael, a gay high school teacher with a loving partner whose life falls apart when he is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. There are many layers to Michael’s battle to regain his reputation, dealing with justice, prejudice, and, most importantly, humanity. “The Green” is an intriguing story with lively characters that tackles a controversial topic with a determined and energetic stance, producing a compelling and thought-provoking film. Jason Butler Harner stars as the quiet, nervous Michael, while Cheyenne Jackson, from “30 Rock” and “Glee,” plays his more exuberant partner Daniel. Julia Ormond and Illeana Douglas shine in supporting roles as Michael’s lawyer Karen and best friend Trish, respectively. It’s hardly a perfect film, but it’s decently engaging and heartfelt.


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