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White Frog [DVD] [2012] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CKZE7FC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,903 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Many movies have stereotypical gay themes and gay characters - this one avoids those pitfalls. The quality of the film was way above that of its peers and this truly shone about.

The story revolves around a boy with aspergers syndrome whose family cannot idenify with him - with the one exception of his older brother. When his brother is killed in a road accident, the world of the remaining family members begins to unravel.

The acting of all of the main protagonists was exceptional - and I do not mind admitting that I was very tearful at times. However the tone of the film is not overly heavy and I will certainly revisit this gen time and again.
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Most of the other online reviews of White Frog seem to have been written by teenagers who have seen more TV than movies, so I'll try to give an adult perspective, in case any other adults are thinking about buying this movie.

First of all, except for two of the adults, I had never before seen or heard of any of the actors in this movie. So a statement like "Booboo Stewart gives, by far, his best performance to date" just leaves me puzzled. A person named Booboo has made movies before? Wow.

Others who rattle off other movies or TV shows these cast members have appeared in together, or refer to a "handsome teen idol cast" also leave me (and probably many other adults) clueless.

Second, I was not ever for even one second moved to tears while watching this movie. Not anywhere close. It is EXTREMELY sappy and manipulative - and painfully predictable. If you are eager to be swept up in shallow emotionalism - or are an adolescent who can't help it - then you may love this movie. It just made me want to pull my hair out.

Finally, if this really is Booboo's "best performance to date", he might want to consider a different career while he's still young enough to change easily. Only very young people who have seen very little of life and the world could be impressed by his performance in this movie. He looked down and mumbled all through the movie... and THAT is supposed to be a great performance? Only in an adolescent TV universe could that be true.

So I'd advise adults to look elsewhere and leave this movie to the kids, with their innocent enthusiasms and the rampant emotions that seethe just under the surface of their lives. It may be better than the TV they're used to, but as a movie it's not worth watching.
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Brilliant film a lot to learn from it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, acted story of understanding and acceptance. 6 Aug. 2013
By Bob Lind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Mark, a shy high school freshman with mild Asperger's Syndrome, was very close to his super-popular older brother, Chaz, to whom he felt much closer than his parents, who were somewhat emotionally distant from him. When Chaz gets killed in an auto accident, Mark has to deal not only with his own grief, but being virtually ignored by his parents, who are dealing with their own issues. One of Chaz's friends, Doug, takes Mark under his wing, and he joins the "study group" (actually a weekly poker game) with Chaz's friends, including Randy, to whom Chaz was the closest. The distraction of learning to play poker (which he does remarkably well, with great effort) gives Mark a welcome distraction, but he really relishes the times the group talks about Chaz. When he learns that Chaz was a volunteer at a local diversity community center, Mark checks that out, eventually learning about a part of his brother's life that he never shared.

Director Quentin Lee does his usual remarkable job with a challenging screenplay, and gets standout performances from a talented cast. Mark is played by Booboo Stewart ("Twilight") with his brother Chaz was Harry Shum Jr. ("Glee"); their parents are played by BD Wong and Joan Chen. The actor playing Doug, Tyler Posey, is a current popular heartthrob for his starring role in MTV's remake of "Teen Wolf."

The gay aspect of the film is not evident until the latter third, which is a commendable move, in making it clear that the characters' hang-ups go way beyond homophobia. The film pushes the envelope in pointing out that educated, upper-middle income people, including racial minorities, may be so worried about "fitting in" that they are not as open-minded as they may believe. "White Frog" made the rounds of many gay film festivals, and I was surprised not to see any awards listed, other than one at the Philadelphia Asian Film Festival. DVD has trailer and "making of" featurette. Also available On Demand on some cable systems. Not rated, but would be a light PG; recommended for "mixed" audiences. I recommend it highly, and give it five stars out of five.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie I've seen in a long time 15 July 2013
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Everything about this movie is great. The plot is beautifully constructed, the acting is excellent, the pacing is good, there is a powerful theme, and the story has lots of heart. Give it a few minutes to get going. The opening scenes set the stage for what follows and don't reveal the incredible impact the movie ends up delivering. And yes, the title is fitting but not in a way you're likely to guess. This is one of the few films I'll never forget. Very highly recommended.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Film, Memorable performances 18 Jun. 2013
By RJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
When I read a short synopsis of this movie, I was intrigued. Asperger's Syndrome has become more prevalent in recent years, and seeing it portrayed on film, particularly by someone who does not suffer from it, was quite fascinating and (in this case) well done.

I was actually surprised at how well a Twilight-saga-veteran could act; BooBoo Stewart is endearing as Nick, a young man with Asperger's dealing with the stress of both dealing with his brother (Chaz)'s death and discovering his brother's secret life. BD Wong plays the difficult but necessary role of the frustrated and grieving parent with a harsh believability, and the motley crew of Chaz's friends who take Nick in after their friend's death provide good drama and much needed comic relief. Harry Shum Jr., as Chaz himself, is stunning.

Overall, this is a strong, heartwarming film that dares to question the ideas of normal and perfect in today's society.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just absolutely superb! 29 Jun. 2014
By Alice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I gave it a five star because it was just an amazing film! This film touched on so many subjects and it was amazing!

The storyline was very good and there were many surprises. I cried towards the end of the movie and I normally don't cry. I only cried in a Korean film I saw which was called Miracle in Cell no.7 and Toy Story 3, I usually would feel a bit of a heartache when I watch sad films, but this had me crying.

This movie is great for the family because you learn a lot and I think the young audience would love it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, touching movie. 15 Jan. 2014
By Bxstrb - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie is really less about being gay and more about loss of a loved one. Pretty good film and the acting is quite good. I recognize some of these actors from various tv shows. Wish there were more scenes of interaction with the younger and older brother but I guess the story had to be structured the way it is.
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