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Doubting Thomas

By Bobby LePire | June 13, 2018

Calling someone a ‘doubting Thomas’ means that they don’t believe what they are told without concrete, usually tangible, proof. The wording for that specific kind of skeptic stems from a Bible story about the apostle Thomas. He didn’t believe the other apostles, who all claimed that the newly resurrected Jesus appeared before them. Once Jesus shows himself to Thomas, he is told that others have heard, not seen, and still believed.

Whether or not one believes the Bible is true, the idea of a ‘doubting Thomas’ took hold into common parlance. In part, this is due to several artists’ renderings of the event- paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and even a handful of diptychs. Now it refers to a skeptic in the face of mounting evidence.

Doubting Thomas is about Thomas (Will McFadden), Tom for short, and Jen (Sarah Butler) a happily married couple. They are expecting their first child, due very soon. As the expectant date gets closer, Tom gets a big case to work at his law firm. Ron (Jamie Hector), Tom’s best friend, is also working the case. Jen and Ron are also quite close, and he frequents their place for dinner.

“…Tom is Caucasian, as is his wife… he is startled to discover their new baby boy is black…”

One day, the couple catch someone breaking into Jen’s car, stealing her purse. Tom gives chase, and while the culprit gets away, the bag is recovered. While Tom is retrieving the burgled object, Jen goes into labor. Jen leaves a note explaining that Ron gave her a ride. Once he arrives, Tom checks in on Jen. She is fine, and then a nurse introduces Liam (Jace Xavier, Cosmo Jordan, Demi Patton), the baby boy, to the proud new papa.

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  1. Shakeenah Fentis says:

    I am grateful I watched this very, well thought out, movie. It shines a light on the racism that is systemic in White people’s subconscious and conscious minds, leading you to ponder life, humans and race consciousness in a way that touches the heart. All of the acting was impressive (including the priceless expressions of the infant who must have had lots of questions to ask as well, but could not verbalize them yet!) Perhaps this movie will ignite more meaningful conversations on racism in this world… or at least more meaningful introspection that leads to positive change, by those whom are privileged simply by the color of their skin.
    3/21/2019.

  2. Travis Morgan says:

    “where one doesn’t even realize they are bigoted” – I came here looking for a review of the movie to see if it was worth watching. I got that, and I appreciate it, but I just couldn’t leave without addressing your comment in the review. I would argue that Tom’s stereotypical thought that all black kids play basketball in America is absolutely _not_ a bigoted opinion. First, it’s not derogatory and second, it’s not unreasonable (75% of pro basketball players are black). And yet, you and a lot of millennials I know would classify it as such. And consequently, “bigot” becomes so watered-down that anything that isn’t “PC” is considered “bigoted”. I’m going to watch the film, but if it portrays sterotypes (even those that are not negative) as “bigotry”, it’s going to be hard to sit through. There is real bigotry in the world, let’s not give it such a vast sea of meaning to hide in please. That way, when I hear you call out bigotry, I will pay attention because I’ll know you don’t mean a reasonable assumption based on facts, regardless if it is sterotypical.

    • Bernard says:

      More than 90% of Hockey Players are white. Would it reasonable to say that most whites play hockey? Or would that be a bigoted statement? Surely, most white kids do not play professional hockey and most black kids do not play professional basketball. It’s bigoted.

    • Deb Turk says:

      I agree with Travis Morgan. The basketball remark was not bigoted. Stereotypical, yes. Hateful, negative, no. I also don’t like the way Thomas was made out to be a really bad guy. I’m Black. I would be thrown off quite a bit if my baby was born with blond hair and blue eyes. I think that the movie was really unrealistic in that no one else (the key players) voiced any sort of doubt. EVERYBODY was totally with it. So perfect and accepting. What is this, This Is Us?

  3. Mary Jackson-Freeny says:

    I cannot wait to see this film. Please let me know when it will be shown in Los Angeles. I see this film as a catalyst to change.

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