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16-year old Russell is going on dates with girls while nurturing a secret relationship with star quarterback Kevin, who will do anything to prevent his teammates from nding out. Min and Terese tell everyone that they're just best friends. And then there's Ike, who can't gure out who he is or who he wants to be. Finding the truth too hard to hide, they decide to form a Geography Club, thinking nobody else would want to join. However, their secrets may soon be discovered and they could have to face the choice of revealing who they really are. SPECIAL FEATURES - Making of Geography Club - Simple Joys (Short Film) - Audio Commentary.
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PS I literally spent 50 years in the closet because constraints put on me by the culture we live in, but most of all by my own hubris ambitions. I was raised here in South Central Texas in San Antonio in a quasi-military family. My total ambition was to make a career of the U. S. Army, to which I did for some 26 years. I even worked for the Post Exchange System for some 16 years after retirement from active duty. This film was just all to real at times and it took three viewings to see it all at once! Parents, please pay close attention to your pre-teen and teen children as they will need a lot of support for this time in their lives. Personal ambitions can really totally interfere with emotions - love!! NJMJr!!
PPS Have viewed this film for the 5th time. Ambition is a very difficult task master. If you are not very careful it can tear you apart from the inside out!! This film displays the effect so very well that it hurts!! Follow your heart or your mind, the choice is up to you!!! NJMJr!!!
The Geography Club is an example of why I have mostly walked away from Hollywood and watch a lot of independently produced films. This is one more movie about how hard it is to be gay or lesbian in a mostly straight society, especially for teenagers when life is all about fitting in for success. I gave this movie a better than average rating because, while there is nothing new here, it shows the whole range of difficulties inherent in accepting who you are and coming out. All without exaggeration, just simple reality and sincerity. Nothing blows up, there is no sex, and nobody dies. No one even gets beat up, at least not physically.
The Geography Club, the name of the support group for gay and lesbian students, is meant to express that these issues apply to everybody from everywhere. All teens have to deal with this problem from one viewpoint or another. One situation is where two guys in a parenting class are inadvertently paired with caring for a life-size toy baby. I expect this is included for more of a reason than the hilarious results it causes. (hint: gay adoption)
If you are a gay or lesbian teen, this movie will not change your life, but it just might help. If your are an adult GLBT it may stir up some bad memories, but you will be glad that today this movie could even be made and available to anybody with a credit card. If you are comfortably straight, this will be an enjoyable, sometimes funny 90 minutes and may be something of an eye-opener. The ending is just a bit too positive for real life, and the budget for this movie probably would not buy a cappuccino for everybody involved in making it.
But it's there. It's good, and I recommend it.
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