Joe Bell (2020)


“A lot of people don’t think it’s a big deal to make fun of other people… um, who are different from you. You know, bullying and intolerance can have a deadly effect. And I’m here because I’m walking across America on behalf of my son, Jadin, to speak out against bullying.” – Joe Bell

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a man who went on a cross-country walk in support of his young son who was bullied at school after he came out as being gay.

My Take on it – Interesting story that works due to the fact that it’s based on a true story but also because Mark Wahlberg is able to bring forth such a powerful performance.

The story moves along at a nice pace and allows the viewer to gradually get an idea of everything that is truly going on here.

The way that this man chose to make sure a journey in solidarity of his son is quite moving and works really well.

The supporting cast is also great with Connie Britton as his wife who is in constant contact with him during his journey.

Gary Sinise is also great as a local sheriff who understands the feelings of this man and does all he can to try and help him both with coming to terms with his plight and also gives him a hot meal along the way.

The story is not as powerful as one might hope, but they still did a nice job with it.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Mark Wahlberg invited actor Reid Miller to his house for breakfast just to tell him in person he booked the role of Jadin Bell. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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