A Marine Story

A Marine Story. DVD. Dir. Ned Farr. With Dreya Weber. Wolfe Video, 2011. 90 Minutes.

This film has won seventeen Festival Awards and it’s easy to see why. A Marine Story is a well-written story that gets to the heart of the absurdity that keeps GLBT people from serving in the armed-forces. The movie begins by telling the audience that it is “Based on true stories.”

Dreya Weber plays Major Alexandra Everett, “Alex,” a mustang with a long and proud family history of serving our country. Put in the position to either earn an honorable discharge or be kicked out of the military under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Everett  returns home, where she is asked to mentor a young girl, Saffron Snow (played by Paris Pickard), who is on the wrong track and has been given a choice by a judge to either go to jail or join the military.

Weber and Pickard put their whole hearts into the roles they play. Weber’s character deals with issues of telling her friends and family why she left the Marines, falling in love and living openly for the first time, and playing the no-nonsense Drill Sergeant to Saffron. Saffron on the other hand is dealing with her own issues of growing up or else, leaving her druggie friends behind, and forging a new future for herself.

This film is not rated. It does contain violence and may not be suitable for younger viewers. I would recommend A Marine Story for public and academic libraries.

Reviewed by, Rachael Elrod
Reference and Instruction Librarian

The Citadel

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