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Prodigal Sons

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Product Details

  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Knightscove-Ellis International
  • Release Date: Aug. 3 2010
  • ASIN: B00329PYHA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,674 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A Family living through Mental Illness crisis June 2 2010
By lean_bot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
It is a journey to me that went beyond gender identification. It was a story that had to deal with mental illness caused by an accident. It appears that the mom and Marc's wife had to deal with his mental illness crisis for 10 years. Doctors have been trying to find a combination of medications to help him.

One of the siblings return to attend a reunion only to learn that a new journey was about to begin. What I took away from this film is that even though you may leave your past to start your future, your future can't become complete until you have dealt with the past.

This documentary did leave me teary eyed in several scenes. It was a family who loved each other no matter what. They didn't give up on healing or finding a solution.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. - Leo Tolstoy Jan. 26 2011
By stoic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I'm not sure if the McKerrow family is unhappy, but they are unique.

The McKerrows were the all-American, 1980s family - a physician father, teacher mother, and three sons living in the all-American city of Helena, Montana. Todd McKerrow was the star of the family - the blonde high school quarterback who seemed destined to follow the conventional path to success when he finished high school in 1985.

The family's story is much more complicated than that, however. At the beginning of the film, viewers see Todd returning for a high school reunion; only Todd has undergone gender reassignment and has become Kimberly Reed. Also attending the reunion is Kimberly's older brother, Marc.

The reunion is the film's focus at first, then, surprisingly, the focus shifts to Marc. Marc was adopted by the McKerrows and he longs to know more about his biological family. Once Marc starts searching for his family, the story has an incredible plot twist. Also, Marc suffers from mental illness and the film includes many graphic scenes illustrating both Marc's problems and his family's attempts to help him.

In simplest terms, Prodigal Sons is about a family struggling to be happy. The McKerrows are all decent people and it is easy for the viewer to cheer for them. Though the film is complex and offers no easy answers, it is always compelling due to its amazing storyline.

At the start, I had modest expectations for Prodigal Sons. There have been so many documentaries that explore gender and sexuality that I thought that the film might seem tired and unoriginal. Happily, I was wrong. Prodigal Sons is amazing - don't miss it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The progial son April 4 2013
By Ray 72 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Yes i bought the movie thought it would be more about kimberly reed but it's more about marc! But after watching the movie i came to see that what the doctors and kimberly dont see is that marc needed paul it's knot the loss of his mind. He just misses his bro. That he looked up to and wanted to be. Kimberly needed to let her bro know even now thats she kimberly she will alway be paul that the real thing that most transgender dont under stand! I know what it's like!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An Intriguing, Moving Documentary Sept. 15 2010
By Terry Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This documentary came to me totally out of left field. I was grazing through my streaming movie service and just happened upon it. It was a thorough and welcome surprise. What starts out as a sincere (if rather standard) coming out film soon reveals itself to be much more. Aside from the very real concerns of Kim Reed presenting herself to those who knew her in her previous life, the film documents a family dealing with the challenges and horrors that transpire when one member (adopted brother Mark) is exhibiting increasingly violent mental illness. On top of everything else, the capper to the film is the revelation of Mark's family history. This is a very human and humane film. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A must film for every family unit! March 29 2013
By Richard L. Neva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Every family unit should own this fine revealing film to understand the variety of folks that comprise a family unit really are!

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