Timothy (Tanner Cohen) is a senior in an all-boys prep school, where he is tormented by all the jocks, one of whom he has a crush on. He lives in a small town; his mother is struggling with the idea of her son's attractions; but he has the support of two unconventional best friends. Sound familiar? It should, since this describes the generic coming-out story to which we are overly-accustomed by now. Five minutes into the film, however, Timothy bursts into song - in the vein of 'High School Musical', we are entering different territory...
The school's controversial English teacher (exquisitely played by Wendy Robie) is putting on a production of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' - compulsory for all the senior students. Cast in the role of Puck amidst an unwilling troupe of rugby players, Timothy stumbles upon a love potion and administers it to all the actors in the play. The erstwhile-'straight' object of his affections, Jonathon, becomes his devoted love-slave, the formerly-homophobic athletes are in one another's arms, and suddenly half the town is filled with unlikely same-gender cravings. While Timothy is delighted to be no longer the outsider, inevitably fissures start to appear in his fantasy when the love potion causes trouble between his two best friends, and his mother almost loses her job. But is he willing to reverse the magic and, in the process, lose Jonathon?
Various sub-plots abound; none of which deviate from the standard coming-out script. Nevertheless, the unique touch of the film - the musical genre mixed with a little fantasy - proves highly engaging. Nothing earth-shattering here, just strong entertainment and tremendous good fun; bound to be a crowd-pleaser.
DVD extras include the short film, 'Fairies' (25 minutes) on which the feature-length film was based (also directed by Tom Gustafson).