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  • Actors: Tanner Cohen, Nathaniel David Becker, Wendy Robie, Judy McLane, Zelda Williams
  • Directors: Tom Gustafson
  • Producers: Tom Gustafson, Cory James Krueckeberg, Peter Sterling
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 18 May 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TJKVZU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,236 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Light-hearted film comedy directed by Tom Gustafson and based on his award-winning short film, 'Fairies: A Musical Dream Come True'. The film stars Tanner Cohen as Timothy, an unpopular gay boy who is cast in his school's musical, an adaptation of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. While rehearsing the play, Timothy tries to recreate the love potion used in the story with much success. Soon, the campus is in chaos but Timothy is on his way to hooking the boy of his dreams...

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Son of Nietzsche on 19 May 2009
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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).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ScottPaul ScottPaul on 4 Sept. 2010
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It's funny what a small budget does to divide opinion-so many think if it ain't box-office it's not worth the trouble. For my money, however, the multiplexes are usually a destination where most decent films will never end up. 'Moulin Rouge' was a big risk, naturally, for bringing back the long defunct musical genre was nothing short of brave (or tragic?), but this smaller film is doing something far more important, not least cos it proves a movie can work for all audiences if they just put in the time and patience and that musicals don't have to have you cringing with embarrassment and annoyance-and they don't have to star a slimy, girly-looking and insufferably smug Zacariah Efron (or Ef-off as I know her). But I wouldn't want to give the full impression that this is a full musical-rather it's a superbly realised coming-of age story that takes overfamiliarity and swerves it off into areas that touch on whimsical, tender, tough and perhaps a little fantastcial, but always sprinkled generously with humour and spirit, with the underlying plea for a little more open-mindedness. (The distributor could do with some-especially as they ran scared of the charming front cover appearing in the US as it does in other territories, including the UK. This crazy nonsense has already been touched on in other reviews here and I'm not surprised).

I realise I've said little about the story, but others here have, and baring in mind a whole host of reviews have flew on here since I got it in late December, I'm sure they've done the job for me already.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Delaney on 20 July 2013
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A truly wonderful musical that often comes across as possessing a somewhat dream-like edge to the narrative. This modern-day take on Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" never fails to offer a fantastic viewing experience. The cast give a high-quality performance and the storyline is both poignant and moving throughout - a brilliant parable of contemporary love and acceptance. The music is also well crafted and further reinforces the dream-like vibe - the "Oh Timothy" moment in the classroom springs to mind! We've all been there, right?! I have to admit, the ending did surprise me the first time I saw this - that was a really good twist!

If you're unsure about this film - please check it out. It's a fantastic example of what a good script, attentive cast and supporting soundtrack can accomplish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Padbury on 24 Jan. 2010
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This is a lovely film for those of a romantic disposition. Cleverly re-working Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, writer/director Tom Gustafson has brought an 'Aaah' factor to a gay love story. The songs are memorable and beautifully written and the performances superb. Who knows, it might even change the minds of some homophobes...
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mark Jones on 23 May 2009
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I wasn't expecting too much from this film, so many non-sexual gay films are poorly written and very poorly acted (though there are exceptions), so i bought this half thinking it would be something i could sell on quickly if i didnt like, but to my surprise its going to stay in my DVD collection for years to come. A well acted, romantic, fun story, meshed between a sort of gay high school musical and A Midsummer Nights Dream, with a cute as hell male lead, some strong support from the older 'adult' cast members and at least a couple of catchy songs, its an enjoyable 90 minutes or so. Buy this, you wont be disappointed.
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