I’ve seen New York Doll probably 5 or 6 times with different groups, and discussed it after viewing with probably 30 people, all of them more or less active LDS. We all tended to notice the same things and the comments after viewing the movie with a group of friends could have been recycled from the conversation following a previous viewing.
Last weekend, a family member who is not LDS watched New York Doll for the first time. She was impressed, and when I asked what she liked, she said the part where Morrissey describes his first conversation with Arthur “Killer” Kane when Arthur called him regarding a possible Doll’s reunion. Arthur is filled with doubt and anxiety, and wonders if it could really happen. Morrissey reassures him, saying (this may not be an exact quote, because I’m going from memory), “Yes Arthur. It’s going to happen. There’s going to be a reunion, you’re going to be together again, and it’s going to be wonderful”.
My family member liked that part of the movie best. She said “That sounds so Mormon”.
I find it interesting that she, a non-member, immediately discerned the main point, not only of the movie, but of our religion as well. How had I missed that?