Feeling blue in a red state
The Story So Far...
Growing up in the heavily red city of Lubbock, Texas, Knox was indoctrinated into the conservative Republican mindset by the schools, church and parents. Surprisingly, Mom and Dad aren't fire and brimstone neocons, as the script might have gone in a fictional film. Instead, they are just loving products of their environment, who aren't comfortable with change. Thus, a layer of drama is missing, but there's plenty left in the tank.
As Knox picks up the cause of sex education as a high school student, she finds herself at odds with not only her parents, but most of the people of Lubbock, including "Sex Ed," a disturbing youth minister, and Corey, a fellow member on the pro-sex education Lubbock Youth Commission, who is more interested in playing politics than solving issues. Often, she seems to be on her own in the world, and the film portrays this isolation well,
Though much of the movie feels staged, as in the people are playing to the camera instead of being natural, some things prove the old saying that "Truth is stranger than fiction." Watching a school board pray before ruling on sex education or hearing "Sex Ed" proudly claim that Christianity is the most intolerant religion is mind boggling for anyone operation on logic.
Thankfully, the conflict the film is searching for arrives with Fred Phelps gay-bashing crew, but they arrive just in time to give the filmmakers an out when the story didn't deserve one, setting up the ever-handy epilogue. While it does have one exceedingly satisfying wrap-up, the conclusion feels a bit empty, as it leaves viewers without a true resolution. That may just be the point though.
The stereo mix on the audio won't impress any audiophiles in the audience, but it doesn't disappoint either, delivering the dialogue and quality county soundtrack selections with nice clarity.
The Bottom Line