What to Watch: Joe Bell – Mark Wahlberg fights for his bullied gay son
Based on a true story, Mark Wahlberg plays the title role in the film Joe Bell.
Joe Bell embarks on a solo walk across the United States on a personal crusade against bullying, after his son is bullied at school for being gay.
Embodying a timely reminder of the power of tolerance, unity and embracing our differences, Joe walks from Oregon to New York City, delivering a simple message of tolerance from a father’s perspective, hoping to reach those who may be open to hearing it from someone like themselves.
“This is a story that is very important to me personally…” said Mark Wahlberg. “Joe Bell is a man who didn’t understand certain things about the world until he was faced with them in his own life – as a father. As a parent myself, I know how much fatherhood can change a man. This is a story told from a very personal point of view, from the heart of a man who walked from town to town to reach families just like his, delivering a message of tolerance to people who often didn’t want to hear it at first. It shows us how a series of small steps can add up and make a big difference for the people in this country who need to know they are loved and accepted.”
An earlier version of the film was shown at Toronto International Film Festival, and a re-cut version will now get a general release in February 2021.
The film is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. The cast includes Connie Britton, Gary Sinise, and Reid Miller.