GET REAL: DVD
A 16/17 year old high school boy, Steven Carter (Ben Silverstone), comfortable about his homosexuality but too afraid for those around him to reveal it, falls for John Dixon (Brad Gorton) the school captain, an athletic and girl-swooning hero. While Steven’s neighbour, the fat and funny Linda (Charlotte Brittain) supports and encourages him – all the while hoping for her own romance – life, the world and school itself, (including Steven’s parents), is not unfolding as it should.
Review by Louise Keller:
Fresh, funny, poignant and very moving, Get Real takes us on a journey of self discovery through a young boy's homosexuality. Beautifully structured with an insightful and intuitive script, the film's catalyst comes in the plump shape and form of Linda, the good-natured next-door neighbour (Charlotte Brittain is a delight), who not only befriends the central character, but becomes his soul mate.
This engaging relationshiop, is not only blatantly honest and intriguing, but entertaining and very amusing. Sexuality is not the only key issue in the film, but equally important is one's response (and that of others) to it.
This is a film that all parents should see. We see how teenagers are not willing to tell their parents important or personal things about their life. The term 'the generation gap' really hinges on perceptions - being immovable barriers to the intimacies of emotional development. Ben Silverstone gives a heartfelt and mature performance as Steven, while Brad Gordon is wonderful as the school heart-throb.
The film explores sexual discrimination, parental angst, a mother's intuition and the torment of a young man unsure of his sexuality. A trifle long, but capturing a real sense of humanity and fun, Get Real has an appeal that is broader than a gay audience. There is something for everyone here; Get Real will charm you by its honesty, its pertinence and complexity.
Published June 3, 2004
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GET REAL: DVD (M15+)
CAST: Ben Silverstone, Brad Gorton, Charlotte Brittain, Stacy Hart, Kate McEnery, Patrick Nielsen, Tim Harris, James D. White, Louise J. Taylor
DIRECTOR: Simon Shore
SCRIPT: Patrick Wilde
RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: n/a
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: AV Channel
DVD RELEASE: April 21, 2004