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Dump the lame attempts at comedy and would have been great
on July 23, 2014
What a pity Edmund Entin’s script chose to take more of a comedy (see cover) direction than a serious look at how high school teens struggle with coming out and making life decisions. Even more sad that Entin’s brother, Gary directed this mess as if it were made in the past despite the fact that it is a 2013 film. Instead of concentrating on what could have been a positive romantic testament of love’s struggles, it settles into a disaster of teachers ignoring blatant public bullying, internalized homophobic characters, lame attempts at comedy (the sex ed teacher, the sex-starved dumb blondes, the dad (Scott Bakula - of whom I have never been a fan and this “performance” shows why!), a singing fish, and an over-eating neighbor (“Gunnar” - Andrew Caldwell) who uses the main character (“Russell” - Cameron Deane Stewart) in an attempt to “get lucky” with a female student who is after Russell.
The first hour was disgusting and was making me regret paying $2.99 to rent it. How could this train wreck be so highly rated?
Although the filming has a much higher production value than a lot of gay indie films, the editing is as lame as the script and the voice of Russell sounds like he has a cold and is on antihistamines.
Miraculously, and suddenly out of nowhere, the last half hour was like a miniature Glee; kids actually being “real” (as real as the teens portrayed in this could be) with some actually being kind to each other, grappling with difficult choices in order to be authentic and some refusing to make a choice preferring the status quo. Some people grow at their own pace and some people never grow at all.
Had the writer and director taken just a little bit more time to fully develop more than just the surface personality of the second lead character, Justin Deeley (“Kevin”) and given the 2 leads more chemistry rather than just a few brief encounters and a minute of two in the athletic shack, this could have elicited a more emotional audience reaction. As it is, the ending is abrupt and although it did not need to be a “Hollywood Ending,” it was just plain unsatisfying. It really looks like they ran out of money.