Stonewall | Chicago Reader


Rated R 129 minutes 2015

Roland Emmerich, a noted gay rights activist and director of such blockbusters as Independence Day (1996), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), and White House Down (2013), goes slumming with this indie drama about the 1969 riots that catalyzed the gay-rights movement in America. Despite his noble intentions, the movie is just as ham-handed and formulaic as any of his popcorn movies. A teenager in small-town Kansas (Jeremy Irvine) gets caught blowing the high school quarterback and runs away to New York City, where he lands in Greenwich Village and gets inducted into a crew of furiously camping hippies. These invented characters and a steady stream of gay-awakening cliches crowd out any sophisticated sense of the political organizing that stoked and gave context to the riots, when patrons at the Stonewall Inn, a neighborhood gay bar, clashed with police. With Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Caleb Landry Jones.

Film Credits

Director: Roland Emmerich

Cast: Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman, Jonny Beauchamp, Joey King, Karl Glusman and Vladimir Alexis



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