The Case Against 8 takes an in depth look into those who meticulously and emotionally tackled the State of California’s law against same sex marriage. Finding themselves unlikely collaborators, republican lawyer Ted Olson, once council to George W. Bush, and democratic lawyer David Boies, once working against the Bush administration, fight the hard core conservative Proposition 8. Plaintiffs and couples Kris Perry and Sandy Stier along with Jeffrey Zarrillo and Paul Katami, find themselves central in the fight for equality, only wanting what is a right of every U.S. citizen.

Directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White take on the very topical subject of same-sex marriage, once illegal in the state of California. The Case Against 8 is extremely well shot, polished and will most likely be a crowd-pleaser. The audience feels like a fly on the wall, observing everything as a case is prepared on behalf of two sets of plaintiffs, both wishing to enter into same sex matrimony, both taking on Proposition 8.The team tackles this piece by piece, similar to that of a political campaign, leaving no stone unturned. Public scrutiny would be fierce.

What doesn’t work are the candid interviews using a grey glossy backdrop looking more like a photo-shoot, feeling segregated from actual events. And because the case wasn’t filmed, highlighted segments of the transcripts are shown and read by participants — how boring and visually uninteresting is that?

Is The Case Against 8 opening weekend worthy?

Absolutely. Go see The Case Against 8. It is a documentary for our time. It’s also only screening for a limited time, so be sure to get in that line early.

The Case Against 8 opens on Friday June 27th at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. More information can be found on their website.

Is The Case Against 8 screening worthy?

Absolutely. Go see The Case Against 8. It is a documentary for our time. It’s also only screening for a limited time, so be sure to get in that line early.

The Case Against 8 opens on Friday June 27th at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. More information can be found on their website.

The Case Against 8 trailer

The Case Against 8 gallery