Written November 18, 2013
The movie covered so many issues that I am requiring my domestic violence and substance abuse groups to attend. The group members must bring the group facilitator their stubs from the movie in order to get credit for group attendance. Great education relative to HIV AIDS. Also how use of alcohol, drugs and other toxins lowers ones immune system
Also vividly depicts society response to homosexuals. It accurately depicts that love is not a matter of the physical appearance of an individual or sexual preference. One of the first actual truthful information relative to the lifestyle of the transgender individual.
GREAT Work. Hope my clients come away with new information and new positive attitudes, a better understanding of the disease itself, and the issues that homosexuals face in their lives.
The film clearly educates relative to the LGBT community. We pray for more understanding and tolerance of the diseases, the way the disease is transmitted and by whom.
Written February 16, 2014
Matthew McConnaghey and Jared Leto are outstanding in their roles. I did not know that the movie was based on a true story, which made it all the more powerful. Some may find parts hard to watch, but it's important to do so.
Written November 23, 2013
The only reason I don't rate this movie as a 'must go' is because it doesn't really need the big screen to be powerful. I would say it is a 'must see'. See it on any medium that you prefer, but do see it. The story brings an important message that is both historical (as it related to the early days of the AIDs epidemic) and current (as it relates to 'modern' pharmaceutical and medical industry practices). The character development is a little thin on the ground, but to some extent, that is what makes it such a tour de force of Matt McConaughey. This is a performance that deserves an academy award. It isn't just a good performance, but it is also about the physical transformation that he undergoes to play the part of a man dying of AIDS. It is hard to imagine how one could ever get so thin and then completely recover from it!
Written October 27, 2016
I found the story very interesting, especially since it was about a real person's life. I would not have picked this movie myself, but I did enjoy it and found the story very enlightening.
There were not many breaks from the intensity of the story and some parts were shocking. It did end well, though, sort of.
Written November 13, 2013
The Dallas Buyers Club reminds us that HIV is not just a "gay" disease. An outstanding cast of seasoned actors makes this movie a well-developed true life portrayal of an HIV-positive homophobic, conservative, heterosexual male. I would strongly recommend seeing this movie. It is not appropriate for anyone under the age of puberty due to explicit nudity and sexual content.