I ordered it from Amazon on disc, but it was on Vudu too, so I ordered it so I could watch it immediately.
IMO, fairly accurate portrayals of some JW types. I'm not sure I followed all of it. And I thought some things were wrong. But, generally, the broad strokes were correct.
1) They announced that the girl was no longer one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Later she's referred to as being disfellowshipped. I never remember this happening. If she was disfellowshipped, it would have been announced as such. The "no longer one of Jehovah's Witnesses" was associated with disassociation. But as I recall, they usually announced the person disassociated themselves. So you were either announced as specifically disfellowshipped or disassociated. Not "is no longer a JW". Is this new wording?
2) Also this announcement was made when people could be seen holding Watchtowers. Aren't all the announcements of this type made at the service meeting on weeknights? Whereas Watchtower studies happen on Sunday mornings? And since Sunday is your "public talk" day and you might have new people, you don't do announcements of this nature then.
3) The whole young elder character I found problematic from a reality standpoint. Maybe they're more desperate nowadays, but usually people didn't come to the congregation as an elder. Or has it changed? They come and then, some time later, they get appointed. Somebody introducing themselves as "the new elder" wouldn't happen. First they'd be new and everybody would know them (if not firsthand, through gossip). Then, they'd be appointed elder.
4) An unmarried elder seems highly unlikely too. MS maybe, but an elder?
5) And saying he's going to become a circuit overseer. Hold on a minute, slow down. You're the new guy here. And, see above, you're not married. Nobody's even talking about making you a circuit overseer until you are.
I think the film-makers didn't want to spend a lot of time having different characters playing roles of elders, etc. and developing each one. So they just lumped them all into one character. In reality, this would be a guy from Bethel wanting to date the girl and he might have come to the congregation as a pioneer or MS. But then he can't fulfill the dramatic effects of seeing inside the family AND being on JCs.
6) What happened to the younger daughter? It almost sounds like she committed suicide? If so, she wouldn't have been given a JW service. It sounds like she did something to cause her death. Did she refuse transfusions? Which, presumably, she's been doing after the first incident when she was born. So why now? What happened that made it fatal?
7) Having just listened to a JW funeral, that's NOT how they go. Their script has been published before and that wasn't it.
But they got a lot of the sentiments of some JWs right. I thought the portrayal of the Kingdom Hall was pretty spot-on. You see churches with decorations and such, but the JW halls are just bland.
And I know the feeling when the older daughter picked up the younger one with her friends in the car. Had that feeling all the time. I had my worldly life and my JW life and dreaded when they met just for the types of conversations in that car.