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Consenting Adult (1985)

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Young and shy Jeff discovers his attraction to men. After struggling with himself he comes out to his parents. Mum eventually listens to his son and tries to understand his feelings, but ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tess Lynd
Ken Lynd
Jeff Lynd
Ben Piazza ...
Dr. Mark Waldo
John Terlesky ...
Pete Roberts
Claire (as Corinne Michaels)
Matthew Laurance ...
Richard Sargent ...
Pat Malone
Thomas Peacocke ...
Dr. Daniels
Sue Wister (as Moira Walley)
Jeff Irvine ...
Dave Sayer ...
Rebecca Staples ...


Young and shy Jeff discovers his attraction to men. After struggling with himself he comes out to his parents. Mum eventually listens to his son and tries to understand his feelings, but his Dad would rather die - which, in the end, he really does, leaving behind a mother, her son and his friend to work those things out Jeff and his Dad had never the courage to talk about. Written by Christian Fieres <>

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4 February 1985 (USA)  »

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Con el consentimiento de los adultos  »

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For TV, very good
13 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A young man (Barry Tubb) comes out to his parents. The father (Martin Sheen) immediately rejects him, while his mother (Marlo Thomas) tries to accept him and get her husband to also.

Way ahead of its time (for TV). The man is allowed to have a handsome young lover and even has sex (not shown) without being punished! The acting is all good and the subject matter is handled extremely well.

The only bad part was how the parents (over)reacted. They acted like he had committed murder or something! Thomas' overreaction actually had me smirking a little. Also it's quite interesting to see Sheen playing a homophobe--in real life he's very accepting of gays. In fact he played one in an early 1970s TV movie ("That Certain Summer")which I've never seen.

Anyways this is a little dated (AIDS isn't mentioned) but still very worthwhile...especially for gay kids planning to come out.

Also Tubb is REALLY cute!!!!!

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