There are varying degrees of bad when it comes to watching movies. Some are so horrifically bad that they are still entertaining to watch. Some are even more putrid and vile that you hate yourself for ever viewing it. But to me, that worst kind of movie is one where the movie as a whole is bad, but there is a particular element of it that would have been well-suited for something else. In this case, I watched Ben and Arthur and couldnít help but think that the story could have been so much more interesting in the hands of a better director and screen writing team. The story of a homosexual couple trying to be live together against the persecutions of a radical religious group can make for an interesting and compelling story, but instead we much watch the story be bogged down by poor production, terrible acting, and ham handed message that religious crusading against homosexuals is wrong.
And even through all these short comings, I couldnít bring myself to hate this moving. It was trying to tell a story that, while roughly handled, is still interesting to see play out. Whether you have a taste for bad movies, or you want to see how not to make simple mistake in the production of a movie, I recommend checking this movie out. Its way of delivering its messages may be as subtle as a brick to the forehead, but it is nice to see an inexperienced filmmaker try and tell a story about such heavy subject matter on such a paltry budget. I canít guarantee that youíll like it, but for good or for bad, youíll coming away remembering it.