Director: Andrew Jarecki
Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman
In the mid 1980's, the Friedmans, father and respected computer and music teacher Arnold Friedman, mother and housewife Elaine Friedman, and their three grown sons: David Friedman, Seth Friedman and Jesse Friedman, of Great Neck, Long Island, are seemingly your typical middle class American family. They all admit that the marriage was by no means close to being harmonious. Arnold and Elaine eventually got divorced, but the sons talk of their father, as being a good man. This false respectability masks the fact that Arnold was buying and distributing child pornography. Following a sting operation to confirm this fact, the authorities began to investigate Arnold for sexual abuse of the minor-aged male students of his computer classes, which he held in the basement of the family home. Based on interviews with the students, not only was Arnold charged with and ultimately convicted of multiple counts of sodomy and sexual abuse of these children, so was his youngest son Jesse.
This is a disturbing documentary about a terrible subject. While watching it, you may keep thinking that this a normal American family, but they are far from normal. There is so much unhappiness in the house between all of the members of the family that you can feel it at times.
After watching the movie, you pretty much can figure out what really happened for yourself. This man destroyed his family by having kiddy porn in their home and molesting young boys in their basement. I really think he did it, but I also think that he molested his son, Jesse, as well. Jesse might have been forced to do it by his father. That is something that anyone would never want to remember. Let alone admit to in court in front of your family and the media.
This was put together well. It is worth watching, if you are into true crime. You get to watch a family fall apart in the process. It is a bit sad as well. This man was terrible. Enjoy.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003) Trailer