Hurrah, I hear you cry! A gay-themed film that doesn't rely on naked men and plentiful sex scenes with which to attract an audience. And yes, that does make a very pleasant change. This is, for the most part, a Beautiful Thing-style teen gay romance and, for the most part, is sweet and charming.
But there are problems.
Some of the attitudes of the characters seem out of date. Now, the reason for this is that the film appears to be set a decade or two in the past. After all, the lead character works at a video (VHS) store, rather than a store than stocks DVDs and Blu-Rays. And, at the very beginning of the film, we see him slip a cassette into his Walkman. Sadly, we are not reminded enough throughout the film that this is a period piece. In fact, except for those two elements, there's little to tell us at all - the soundtrack is of classical music, so no reminder there. But we need to be reminded or the whole thing seems dated, and therefore clichéd.
The other problem is with the final fifteen minutes or so of the film. I'm not going to say much about it here as I don't want to give the ending away - and PLEASE don't read the small print beside the 15 classification symbol on the back cover as it does actually tell you the ending! But the final fifteen minutes or so do drag on for far too long. I'm not even sure the final act is right for the film anyway, but even so, it is handled quite badly, I think - and what starts off as a sweet romance ends up as something quite different, which is a shame for the sweet romance was actually rather, well, sweet.
This is worth watching though. The leads are great, the writing is, for the most part, rather good. Bu just switch off before the final act and you'll probably find it more enjoyable!