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If you had a love-potion, who would you make fall madly in love with you? Timothy, prone to escaping his dismal high school reality through dazzling musical daydreams, gets to answer that question in a very real way. After his eccentric teacher casts him as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, he stumbles upon a recipe hidden within the script to create the play's magical, purple love-pansy. Armed with the pansy, Timothy's spirit soars as he puckishly imposes anew reality by turning much of his narrow-minded town gay, beginning with the rugby-jock of his dreams. Ensnaring family, friends and enemies in this comic chaos, Timothy forces them to walk a mile in his musical shoes. The course of true love never did run smooth, but by the end of this moving musical comedy of errors, the bumpy ride comes to a heartfelt conclusion. With vibrant imagery, a first-rate ensemble
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Through all the pandemonium & criss-cross arrows that Cupid fires, Timothy does get his man...but is their love really true? In order to find out, the drama teacher encourages the townspeople to attend the play as the spell is finally broken. The result is pleasing as lessons are learned about accepting each other & various concepts of love...and to Timothy's surprise, does get his wish for true love.
Experimenting with musical formats is nothing new in movies. Remember "All That Jazz"? "Pennies From Heaven"? Like the "High School Musical" franchise, the musical moments are there to highlight the feelings of Timothy & his wish fulfillment as imagination & fantasy take over. Occasionally, the pacing feels a bit jerky as the film stops & goes between the storytelling & the musical interludes, but it's still a fun & tantalizing movie to watch, with strong messages about prejudice & the dangerous powers of love.
No, there's no actual recipe or formula for the potion in the play. (If there were, I wouldn't be at my PC right now--I'd be buying a chemistry set.) And no, Puck isn't really the name-above-the-title star-character in the play. But these Shakespearean liberties aside, the film offers a sly contemporary parallel to the text as just about everyone in the cast must suddenly deal with overpowering same-sex desires or relationships.
Obviously, the film is aimed at a gay audience---a potion that turns everyone gay would seem less like a subject for farce than a horrific nightmare to conservative straights. But there is little wrong with this film that a bigger budget wouldn't have fixed, and the use of Shakespeare's lines as lyrics in the musical numbers is especially clever. The direction is resourceful, the cast uniformly charming--and easy on the eyes---and the resolution remarkably humane regarding the former homophobes.
It's a love story, a social satire and a very, very different kind of high school musical. And it succeeds at just about everything it attempts.
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