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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Oppressed and marginalized individuals are gaining ground. Despite the odds, even in the U.S. South, LGBTQ communities are becoming a more accepted part of the culture. Notes that it's essential to invest in people, not material things.
Positive Role Models
The real people in this film (mostly women) are finding their voices, exhibiting courage, determination, and ingenuity to assert their differences or "specialness." Teamwork, unorthodox family units, and pride help them reach goals. Ethnic and gender diversity throughout.
Violence & Scariness
Photographs and video footage show rioting, police brutality, devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Explicit references to the murders of African American transgender women.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Documents events in the lives of lesbians, gay men, and transgender folks. No overt sexual activity other than kisses, revealing clothing (plus one bare butt), sensual dancing, and drag shows.
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Swearing and profanity includes "f--k," "s--t," "pissed," "son of a bitch."
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Products & Purchases
References and visuals of Budweiser, Bud Light, Polar Pop, Miller Lite, Marlboro cigarettes, Nike, Walmart.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Casual social drinking, mostly beer. Many scenes take place in bars. Cigarette smoking (lead character smokes continuously).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Southern Pride is a documentary that details the efforts of people in two Southern Mississippi towns to highlight their LGBTQ communities. Galvanized by a pair of lesbian bar owners, each separately seeking to encourage respect and inclusion for folks in a part of the U.S. that has been one of the strongholds of anti-gay sentiment, the LGBTQ folks decide to hold festivals during Pride Month in 2017. Directed by Malcolm Ingram, a Canadian filmmaker best known for his 2006 award-winning film Small Town Gay Bar, the movie introduces the driving forces behind the efforts and their teams: African American and white; gay, transgender, and straight. Then Ingram follows them as they work toward their specific goals. Participants smoke cigarettes, consume alcohol in social settings -- much of the action takes place in bars -- and swear (i.e., "f--k," "s--t," "pissed," "damn"). Some violence is depicted in photographs and video footage of past riots and the harrowing effects of Hurricane Katrina, and in a segment that touches upon the brutal murders of three transgender women. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This sincere look at proud LGBTQ folks in the Deep South is engaging and on point, but there's a randomness to the structure that makes it less skillful and compelling than it might have been. With a nod to the escalation of negative behavior toward multiple minorities in the wake of the 2016 election, Malcolm Ingram and company deliver a clear-eyed response to the sometimes-regressive political climate in Southern Mississippi. Ingram does a great job of finding the heart of the people and the towns he's opted to portray; it's the integration of historical footage and tangential events (which are significant and rightly should have a place in Southern Pride) that's less than graceful.
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