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White Frog 2013 NR CC

4.4 out of 5 stars (53) IMDb 6.9/10

Twilight's Booboo Stewart plays a neglected teen trying to make it through each day after tragedy strikes.

Starring:
Booboo Stewart, Harry Shum Jr.
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Quentin Lee
Starring Booboo Stewart, Harry Shum Jr.
Supporting actors Joan Chen, BD Wong, Gregg Sulkin, Tyler Posey, Manish Dayal, Justin Martin, Talulah Riley, Phil Abrams, Kelly Hu, Amy Hill, David Henry Hwang, Jasmine Di Angelo, Ron McCoy, Lynn Ann Leveridge, Ellie Wen, Kathryn Layng, Major Curda, Ammanfil Oreta
Studio Wolfe Video
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Mark, a shy high school freshman with mild Asperger's Syndrome, was very close to his super-popular older brother, Chaz, to whom he felt much closer than his parents, who were somewhat emotionally distant from him. When Chaz gets killed in an auto accident, Mark has to deal not only with his own grief, but being virtually ignored by his parents, who are dealing with their own issues. One of Chaz's friends, Doug, takes Mark under his wing, and he joins the "study group" (actually a weekly poker game) with Chaz's friends, including Randy, to whom Chaz was the closest. The distraction of learning to play poker (which he does remarkably well, with great effort) gives Mark a welcome distraction, but he really relishes the times the group talks about Chaz. When he learns that Chaz was a volunteer at a local diversity community center, Mark checks that out, eventually learning about a part of his brother's life that he never shared.

Director Quentin Lee does his usual remarkable job with a challenging screenplay, and gets standout performances from a talented cast. Mark is played by Booboo Stewart ("Twilight") with his brother Chaz was Harry Shum Jr. ("Glee"); their parents are played by BD Wong and Joan Chen. The actor playing Doug, Tyler Posey, is a current popular heartthrob for his starring role in MTV's remake of "Teen Wolf."

The gay aspect of the film is not evident until the latter third, which is a commendable move, in making it clear that the characters' hang-ups go way beyond homophobia. The film pushes the envelope in pointing out that educated, upper-middle income people, including racial minorities, may be so worried about "fitting in" that they are not as open-minded as they may believe.
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Everything about this movie is great. The plot is beautifully constructed, the acting is excellent, the pacing is good, there is a powerful theme, and the story has lots of heart. Give it a few minutes to get going. The opening scenes set the stage for what follows and don't reveal the incredible impact the movie ends up delivering. And yes, the title is fitting but not in a way you're likely to guess. This is one of the few films I'll never forget. Very highly recommended.
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When I read a short synopsis of this movie, I was intrigued. Asperger's Syndrome has become more prevalent in recent years, and seeing it portrayed on film, particularly by someone who does not suffer from it, was quite fascinating and (in this case) well done.

I was actually surprised at how well a Twilight-saga-veteran could act; BooBoo Stewart is endearing as Nick, a young man with Asperger's dealing with the stress of both dealing with his brother (Chaz)'s death and discovering his brother's secret life. BD Wong plays the difficult but necessary role of the frustrated and grieving parent with a harsh believability, and the motley crew of Chaz's friends who take Nick in after their friend's death provide good drama and much needed comic relief. Harry Shum Jr., as Chaz himself, is stunning.

Overall, this is a strong, heartwarming film that dares to question the ideas of normal and perfect in today's society.
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This movie is really less about being gay and more about loss of a loved one. Pretty good film and the acting is quite good. I recognize some of these actors from various tv shows. Wish there were more scenes of interaction with the younger and older brother but I guess the story had to be structured the way it is.
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Unless you know what White Frog means, don't assume anything about what it means or what the movie is about. In White Frog, the two major complementary themes that run parallel eventually create an understanding for their family and hopefully the audience. I have much admiration how the movie chose to create such a story in this manner. It is special. The cast is outstanding. Joan Chen is in this movie! BooBoo Stewart was amazing.
This particular family is church-going, so Christianity is part of the story. However, the story did not seem preachy to me, and I hate being preached at. I did see a subtle message how wealthy church-going folk don't always have the answers and certainly might display a gap in their behavior in contrast to the relatively poor kid Doug, a prince of a guy and not necessarily in the pews every Sunday. At one point when Doug was looking out for Nick, the song playing in the background was "Words that Define" with the lyrics about the gospel of Christ. I took that as a clear message that people like Doug are what Christ had in mind, whereas regular Christians are awfully challenged at showing unconditional love. However, Christianity is a lesser theme in the overall story. There is a lot more going on in this movie. Make a point of seeing this one. It is well done and very poignant.
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I gave it a five star because it was just an amazing film! This film touched on so many subjects and it was amazing!

The storyline was very good and there were many surprises. I cried towards the end of the movie and I normally don't cry. I only cried in a Korean film I saw which was called Miracle in Cell no.7 and Toy Story 3, I usually would feel a bit of a heartache when I watch sad films, but this had me crying.

This movie is great for the family because you learn a lot and I think the young audience would love it!
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