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This review is from: Edge Of Seventeen  [DVD] (DVD)
Not really into coming-out movies or gay flicks - but the story of a young guy coming out in the early 1980s is so close to being my own story that I decided to give this film a go.
The budget for the movie clearly wasn't vast, but the cast and crew do a very convincing job of transporting the viewer back to the start of The Decade That Taste Forgot. The soundtrack, clothing (my god, to think what was in my own wardrobe back then. Oh the horror!), the set dressing - all spot on.
Chris Stafford as Eric is remarkably good, the character adapting according to his surroundings (the nice but painfully ordinary family home, the slightly OTT gay bar crowd) so effectively this could almost be a documentary. The supporting cast, particularly Stephanie McVey as Eric's mother, do a great job, never overwhelming Stafford's understated yet involving performance.
The 'wooden acting' accusation made in a few reviews is likely to be aimed at Anderson Gabrych, who plays Eric's initial love interest. Compared to Stafford's nuanced performance, Gabrych appears ill at ease, clumsy and so two-dimensional that he would have trouble out-acting a sheet of plywood. Mercifully, Gabrych occupies no more than 15 mins of screen time in total - tune him out by concentrating on Stafford's efforts in their shared scenes.
Sad to report, Chris Stafford left the acting profession not long after the film. He has now graduated as a lawyer.
This is that rarest of things: a good gay movie. Well acted, tightly written, evocative of its era and for those of us who were there and can rememebr it, it's like a trip back two decades. Go on, buy the thing!