Semper Fi: One Marine's Journey

2007

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IMDb Rating 7.9

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82 min
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Reviewed by PhantomDadoo 10

As a retired Marine, I watched this film with a jaundiced eye, expecting some kind of whiny apologetic for gays being allowed to serve in the military. I figured it would be a kind of "Michael Moore-ish" blasting of the Marines. But what I saw was a real guy with a desire to serve his country who had the opportunity to serve in a war zone and try his part to do what America was told we were sent to Iraq to do: to bring democracy and freedom to the people there even though he had doubts about the war as a reaction to the 9/11 attack. I listened and watched Jeff Key deal with Iraqis, his fellow Marines and his sexuality in a mature, intelligent way. In the end, he felt compelled to admit his homosexuality and leave the Corps, but nothing I saw in the movie made he think he had done anything but serve his country and the Corps with honor. With interviews of family, friends from his gay life and from the Marines, films of his service in Iraq, and scenes from Key's one man show about his service, this movie ends up presenting, in a non-argumentative way, a persuasive argument for allowing gays to serve openly in the service.

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Reviewed by RJM3 10

This film is a composite of interviews with Jeff Key, family and friends, home video and a nicely worked in narrative from a presentation of Key&#39;s own one man show. The film follows the stage presentation in the theater with stage narration over footage shot in Iraq interspersed with interviews and stills with family, friends and Key, himself. The director does a fine job of presentation given that he is working from Key&#39;s thoughtful material. The material flows smoothly and the editing is tight, never lingering too long in any one of its visual forms.<br/><br/>About the story: Yes, OK, so he&#39;s gay. But this isn&#39;t the usual &quot;coming out&quot; story. Key has no ax to grind, no blame to place, and does no whining or posturing. He chronicles his journey of becoming a Marine and beyond openly and without rancor. Key wants to be a Marine based on values that are deep within him and he spends a considerable amount of time discussing them. This is that story, of how he reconciles his heritage, orientation and his family&#39;s values and acts with courage and honor. But ultimately he does question and draws his own conclusions; about us as a nation at war, about himself and ultimately through him, the question of how we all should act as Americans in the face of his revelations.<br/><br/>This should be required viewing-a perfect civics lesson. It is touching, heartfelt and is a devastating comment on the disconnect between the a citizen&#39;s observation of reality on one side and the glossy picture painted with the rhetoric of legislative and executive branches on the other. The fact that Key is dealing with being gay along the way is almost a red herring; his observations ring true on so many levels. I am sure that there are many who should see this film who won&#39;t just because the word &quot;gay&quot; appears in the title. And maybe those are the very ones who need to.

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Reviewed by jjohnson19 10

I just finished watching &quot;Semper Fi.&quot; Jeff Key&#39;s writing is marvelous - maybe a bit over the top for a one-man stage show...yet his poetic use of plain English is a wonder. This is one case where I can&#39;t wait for the book. But &quot;Semper Fi&quot; is not the stage show - it is a documentary about the events that led to the creation of the show and therein lies its beauty. Jeff Key is an American all Americans can and should be proud of. He is a hero in many ways - his concern for the children of Iraq, his concern for the returning servicemen and women who are getting short shrift from their government, the rare veteran with the courage to question this administration&#39;s policies. My heartfelt thanks and congratulations go to Mr. Key. He has created a beautiful piece and it should be required viewing for all. I hope it gets the audience it deserves. I am a gay veteran (US Army) and I am thankful that someone like Jeff Key has had the opportunity to tell his story and the wisdom and talent to tell it well. Good going, Jeff.

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