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Beautiful Thing [VHS] [1996] <b>VHS</b> ~ Glen Berry
Beautiful Thing [VHS] [1996] VHS ~ Glen Berry
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
'Beautiful Thing' is the wonderful story of two teenage boys, Jamie and Ste, who live next door to each other on a dour Thamesmead housing estate. It takes place over a particularly hot summer, during which the athletic and popular Ste receives increasingly brutal beatings from his drunken father and thug brother, causing him to seek refuge at the flat next door, where Jamie and his mother, Sandra, live. Jamie is a quiet loner at school, and is the brunt of all the taunts of his classmates. At home, Jamie is in his element when he is reading (particularly Hello! magazine), watching old films on lazy afternoons bunking off from P.E, and arguing with his caring mother, who struggles to… Read more
Jeffrey / Beautiful Thing [1995 / 1996] [VHS] <b>VHS</b> ~ Steven Weber
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Ok, so I gave the tape 5 stars - but this is purely on the merit of one of the films, namely the second one. I couldn't bear to give a tape with a beautiful thing like 'Beautiful Thing' on it a mediocre 3 stars on the basis that it shares its run time with an awful film like 'Jeffrey', which if on a tape by itself, I would hesitate to give one star.
So, lets start with the dross. 'Jeffrey' is the tale of an 'hilariously' neurotic gay actor called, surprisingly, Jeffrey - although I prefer to think of him as 'the most annoying character I have ever seen in a film' or, indeed, 't**t'. Coming to terms with the fact that sex isn't safe anymore in the modern disease-riddled world, Jeffrey… Read more