Made it my business to go out and see "Freeheld" the other day. On the whole, it hasn't gotten the best reviews. I think there were parts that rang true and there were parts that there was definitely some poetic license taken. That is even stated in the ending credits. The portrayal of Stacee was embarrassing, in my opinion. My opinion. She's not some short squat "dike" with bad hair as portrayed by the cringe worthy Ellen Page. She's just not. She was made to look like nothing more than a bad stereotype. Again...my opinion. Laurel was a sweet and charming woman and I guess the actress portraying here did OK for the most part. As mentioned earlier, Steve Carrell portraying Steve Goldstein from Garden State Equality was a cartoon character and again, a negative stereotype. I guess stereotypes sell, huh? The actor playing Dane Wells, Laurel's partner, was pretty good. I had met Dane back then and we talked a lot. A good guy. I even invited him to join us here but, knowing that it wasn't in his "realm"...he declined. But a great guy. He had a cameo at the funeral scene, as part of the honor/color guard. The Freeholders brought back a lot of anger that I had in 2005. Funny part of this is....the room where the hearings were held..... They really did a good job recreating the layout and people in the room. The signs they held were the same and I actually found myself looking for...me. The room looked that realistic.
All in all....not as bad as I'd heard it was going to be but not an Oscar winner by any means. The true and real story can be better found in the documentary on which this film was based. Sorry, but it was just a bit too over dramatic in some places. And the suggestion of foreplay leading to sex was totally uncalled for. Gratuitous to the max.
My advice? See it but watch it with one raised eyebrow and the knowledge that it was given the "Hollywood" treatment. See the documentary if you can.