Late Bloomers (1996)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  January 1996 (USA)
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High School basketball coach, Dinah Groshardt, falls for the school secretary, Carly Lumpkin, and upsets the entire school in the process.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Connie Nelson ...
Dee Hennigan ...
Gary Carter ...
Jonah Marsh ...
Val Lumpkin (as Lisa Peterson)
Joe Nemmers ...
Rene Moreno ...
T.A. Taylor ...
Molly Norton ...
Tabitha Woods ...
Ivan Klousia ...
Lisa Lee Schmidt ...
Katherine Owens ...
Julie Mayfield ...


The story of two ordinary women in their mid years, who live deep in the bible belt, populated by square teachers, libidinous students and home to suburban monotony. Carly is a married woman with two kids, who works as the school secretary; Dinah is the single, lonely math teacher who coaches the girls' basketball team. Long time disinterest between the women perchance evolves in to a series of one-on-one basketball games, during which the two women grow closer physically and emotionally, until one heated game ends spontaneously in a kiss. The outcry from family, friends and the community as the relationship between these two women blooms, creates a timely story in which is woven the notion of family, of gay relationships and which raises the banner of gay marriage. Written by Strand Releasing <>

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Release Date:

January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Late Bloomers ...lieber spät als nie  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$13,749 (USA) (27 June 1997)


$34,891 (USA) (4 July 1997)

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Avery Lumpkin: What's going on?
Val Lumpkin: Our Mom's a lesbian.
Carly Lumpkin: I guess you could put it that way.
Avery Lumpkin: What about Dad? Is he a lesbian too?
Val Lumpkin: You dolt! Lesbians are women who do it with other women.
Avery Lumpkin: Do what?
[Val glares at Avery with a stupid look for a few seconds; then his face lights up as he understands]
Avery Lumpkin: Oh...
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Just plain horrible
8 January 1999 | by (Phoenix, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Dee Hennigan, one of the stars of Late Bloomers, is my cousin. And no matter how much I hate to say this, I must - the movie was horrible. It wasn't the relatively-taboo subject matter or the nudity or anything like that. Rather, I just found the dialogue to be unnatural, and the acting fairly poor. Dee has done much better work than this, as I hope have the other actors and actresses.

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