'Measure Of A Man'
(Donald Sutherland, Luke Wilson, Judy Greer, Blake Cooper, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2018 / Lionsgate Films)
Overview: A bullied teen experiences a turning point summer in which he learns to stand up for himself.
DVD Verdict: At its core, within its true cinematic essence, 'Measure Of A Man' is fully intended to be an empowerment tale about an overweight teen (Blake Cooper) who learns to stand up for himself.
That said, along the way, those messages honestly do get a wee bit muddled by poor decision-making and selfishness, but what else would you expect from a movie about an overweight early teen boy whose grandfather is Donald Sutherland!
Chock full of some rather cruel, and it has to be said, desperately upsetting bullying, including a beating and kidnapping scene that verges on sexual assault (where a teen boy is stripped and left in the woods), 'Measure Of A Man' may well (come the end) tell it like it is with a wry smile attached, but it never shirks from the real world problem that we still, worryingly "allow" to persist today in our schools.
Featuring some strong language toboot (along with some asshole's, goddamn's and, sadly, even some ethnic slurs), Sutherland and Wilson exhibit bouts of drinking too (including to excess) along with smoking. So, don't for one second think that this movie is solely about the downfall of the young lead character.
Shot primarily in Camp Hoffman in S. Kingstown, RI with a lot of the cast and crew staying in the camp for the duration of the shoot, 'Measure Of A Man' is a gripping, if not sad portrayal of life as we know it for kids of a certain age.
Combine that with parental alcoholism, and, well, you have a movie that showcases the want/need to be an authentic coming of age piece; but slips and slides in its efforts to achieve such a thing. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
Official 'Measure Of A Man' DVD Trailer