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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: #61,596 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Family living through Mental Illness crisis June 2 2010
By lean_bot - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars The progial son April 4 2013
By Ray 72 - Published on Amazon.com
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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story but superficial. July 6 2013
By Patinky - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not sure what the point of this film is since all families have various conflicts and situations to overcome. Admittedly, transgender issues, homosexuality, and famous adoptions don't usually occur in the same family but I suspect even deeper issues were ignored. Much time was devoted to issues involving Kim and her brain-injured brother, Marc, but little was said about the first 20+ years of their lives before his brain injury. Since their relationship seems to be a central theme, it would have been nice to know more about her and Marc's early years together before his brain injury and before her transition. Maybe it's cultural for me, but exploiting family members who have brain damage is not appealing.

I also could have done without all the gum-chewing (what professional does this in public while being interviewed?) and the background noise (was the noise supposed to be mood music?). In the first part of the film where Kim revisits the high-school football field of her youth, the background "music" over-shadowed her monologue. It was distracting and gimmicky.

The film seemed superficial in that it did not go into depth on any of the interwoven themes: adopted children, sibling rivalry, trans-sexuality, homosexuality, dealing with traumatic brain injuries, and parental relationships. Most of this film seemed contrived and a bit phony in places. I can neither recommend it nor dismiss it thus the three-star rating.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must film for every family unit! March 29 2013
By Richard L. Neva - Published on Amazon.com
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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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