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By admin | May 17, 1999

This film is ostensibly about a teenage boy coming out at high-school, but is really about the tribulations of growing up. Simon Shore’s film goes out of its way to be as mainstream as possible, and avoids aiming for a strictly “queer” demographic. Indeed, it almost feels like a slightly hipper version of Afterschool Special, and maintains an innocent charm throughout. The performances are solid throughout, and the writing is straightforward and tight.
One only hopes that such a film won’t just preach to the converted, but will hopefully be seen by the kind of people who are unforgiving about homosexuality, especially in light of the infamous Matthew Shephard gay-bashing murder.

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