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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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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).
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. It's safe to add, though, that anyone looking for a little refreshening of the 'rites-of-passage' would do no worse to immerse themselves with this delightful charmer of a movie, and lead actor Tanner Cohen is a delightful charmer too, and I feel sad that a wonderful film like this will not be the launching pad for a career explosion of great roles for him, but then he's already proved his worth by jumping into something so brave like this so early on and doing it with complete conviction. The other actors-the footballing stud who doesn't run to bullying type, his mother (Jill Larson), her odd beauticianist employer (Judy McClane) and best friends (Zelda Williams, Ricky Goldman) all chip in something of real worth and bring this charming little town to life. The staging of a 'Midsummer Night's Dream' is a fine launchpad for a little same-sex induced love-potion pollinating the air, courtesy of English/Drama teacher Wendy Robie-and for anyone who knows her as the wonderfully warped addition to many fine horror films (most noticeably Wes Craven's wickedly fun and nasty 'People Under The Stairs' from way back in 1991), seeing her marvellously understated and heartfelt performance in a film so shockingly at complete odds with her usual credits will probably need a moment to catch their breath-then a sigh of surprise, as you realise you may have enjoyed school a bit more if she was your English teacher, where before this film was seen, you'd probably have crossed seas to avoid her!
I can't help but thinkng this was the movie director Tommy O'Haver would be dying of envy to have directed, but after 'Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss' he broke through by played the 'Midsummer' theme fearfully safe with that more well-known high-school rom com 'Get Over It' to far less effect, good enough as it was for a high-school movie. Well tough mate, full marks to director Tom Gustafson efforts, his co-scripter and the stars. The costumes are cute and eye-catching, even the songs (and there aren't too many of those at all) are spirited and necessary and the actors are all in very fine voice indeed, not least Tanner Cohen and his big crush Nathaniel David Becker. The sparse extras (one doesn't expect more for meagre-budgeted, exquisitely made little charmers like this) include a director's commentary and the 'Fairies' short which the movie was based on. One of the best movies of 2008.
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