Producers: Evan Davies, Cassie Jaye, Nena Jaye, Anna Laclergue
Director: Cassie Jaye
The Red Pill, based on that famous quote from The Matrix:
You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.
was Cassie Jaye’s film on the Men’s Rights Movement (MRM). Jaye who was an ardent feminist and a director of feminist documentaries believed that she was investigating a hate group.
However, after actually meeting both men and women who are involved in the MRM she comes to realize that what the movement is more about is looking at issues facing men and boys such as male suicide rates, workplace fatalities and high-risk jobs, military conscription, lack of services for male victims of domestic violence and rape, higher rates of violent victimization, issues concerning divorce and child custody, disparity in criminal sentencing, disproportionate funding and research on men’s health issues, educational inequality, societal tolerance of misandry, circumcision and men’s lack of reproductive rights.
As she investigates the group and it’s issues she begins to rethink her views about feminism and what it represents and who exactly is the patriarchy.
My main problem with this film isn’t the subject rather it seems to meander a bit and at times I wasn’t sure what was going on. But the film does bring up important issues and shows the way the MRM is protested against.
This is not a family friendly film. There is profanity, you see a circumcision done to a baby. So be aware. You can find this film on some streaming services with the exception of Netflix. I give this film three and a half stars.