I saw it on thanksgiving afternoon as well. I agree with miasma that it did start off slowly...a woman a few seats down from me was surfing her iphone during that time which i thought was annoying and ignorant but enough about her.
The theatre [the century in chicago, which i thought was owned by the guy who gave $$$ to Yes on Prop. 8, but my bf researched it and the theatre is owned by Mark Cuban - owner of the Dallas Mavericks and HDNet, which i thought was cool], was about 2/3 full, pretty good for Thanksgiving Day.
I like how it didn't necessarily portray him as a saint; he had a weakness for lost puppy kind of guys and there was a point where his old boyfriend reminded him that he didn't really come out to his own family, so it was great to see that someone who still didn't know what he was going to do when he was 40 could still make a difference and do great things. Some parts were interesting since it revealed, after a few years, how much of a brilliant political mind he had (like getting people on his side by sponsoring the dog poop ordinance).
I couldn't help though, but think, 'is this movie set in 1978 or 2008?' since there were so many parallels with what we are going through today. (Especially with then ineptitude and dysfunction of the big name gay organziations, like HRC, when it came to fighting anti-gay movements, whether it was Prop. 6 or Prop.
. Thing is, it inspired me to come out, which i really want to do, in spite of whatever fears i have, and be honest and get involved politically, as well, and fight for what is right and fair.
I expect Oscars for best actor, best supporting actor and best score (Danny Elfman! where has he been?!).