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"Did they assign all the gay people to the grub wagon?",
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"Did they assign all the gay people to the grub wagon?"
So asks Chris Stafford, young Tom Cruise look-a-like, in this 1998 gay coming-of-age film is set in Ohio in 1984. I've kinda been there: it's my era and my music - the soundtrack is peppered with the likes of The Eurythmics, Haircut 100, A Flock of Seagulls, and The Thompson Twins: indeed, the original music is written by the latter's Tom Bailey - but it's not my country, and not really my circumstances. (At least Eric gets the support of his family.)
Eric works at a foodbar at some kind of tourist attraction to earn a few extra dollars in the school's summer break. Here he meets hot Rod, who diverts his attention away from best friend and potential mate Maggie, who is secretly in love with him. The result is that Eric finds his true self. The movie is a little too slow in places for my liking, but it ticks all the right boxes. His family is supportive but suspicious; Eric's early sexual experiences are emotionally unfulfilling; there's the inevitable older lesbian friend who provides a shoulder on which to cry; and there are the embarrassments, the fear, and the emotional blackmail.
It's generally well-acted, even if we can guess that cute Chris Stafford is actually older than the part he plays. (He was 21 in 1998.)
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