Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Check this documentary out:

If anyone has HBO I strongly recommend this documentary—Capturing the Friedmans—if for no other reason than it’s one of the most bizarre things I've ever seen. The father is clearly a pedophile in his orientation and possessed a few pieces of child pornography; yet, despite this, he and his son almost certainly get railroaded by false allegations of child abuse and go to jail for it. While all of this was going down, one of the sons captured every moment on home camera. This middle-class family from Long Island is just too strange to describe in words. You’ll have to watch it. The mother of the family is possibly the single most annoying and poisonous character—real life or fiction—that I’ve ever witnessed. The allegations against Mr. Friedman resulted from the fact that he taught kids computer classes in an “after school” program that were held at his house. This was Mr. Friedman’s 2nd job—his first was that of a public school teacher. His reason for a second job was so he could throw himself into his work and get away from his wife. At first, you want to believe that he taught those classes so he could prey on the children—but then when you witness his “screaming banshee” wife, you completely understand why he would find any way he could to avoid her. And the kids are almost as annoying as she (diarrhea of the mouth, cheesiest sense of humor, and…well, you’ll just have to see). Mr. Friedman is the least annoying character simply because he’s very soft-spoken and isn’t always running his mouth.

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