MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,595 this week

Like It Is (1998)

 |  Drama  |  28 August 1998 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 1,377 users  
Reviews: 26 user | 14 critic

A tough young boxer struggles to come out in England. Having travelled to London, from his smaller town, he meets and falls for a twenty-something music producer. But love doesn't come easy.

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 72 titles
created 08 Oct 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 25 May 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 31 Jul 2013
 
a list of 134 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 67 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Like It Is" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Like It Is (1998)

Like It Is (1998) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Like It Is.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Annecy is no tourist destination for three working-class Algerian brothers and their father, in the months after their mother has died. Marc is deeply troubled: he tries to stiff drug ... See full summary »

Director: Gaël Morel
Stars: Nicolas Cazalé, Stéphane Rideau, Thomas Dumerchez
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A tale revolving around the carefree and bon-vivant, Felix, who is content living with his boyfriend, Daniel in the town of Dieppe in Northern France. When Felix is laid off from his job, ... See full summary »

Directors: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
Stars: Sami Bouajila, Patachou, Ariane Ascaride
Shank (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A closeted teenage street punk takes up with the latest roughed-up gay victim of his bullying gang, which does not set well with the gang's drugged-up, brotherly leader.

Directors: Simon Pearce, Christian Martin
Stars: Wayne Virgo, Marc Laurent, Tom Bott
Full Speed (1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A brief extract of four kids' lives somewhere in France. Quentin, who won a writers contest and now pays more attention to his career as an author than to his friends, beautiful Julie, his ... See full summary »

Director: Gaël Morel
Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Stéphane Rideau, Pascal Cervo
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Griff wants to maintain just a superficial relationship with his all-gay boyfriend, who gets seriously wounded in a gay bashing.

Director: John Keitel
Stars: Daniel Chilson, Niklaus Lange, Don Handfield
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Drew (Aaron Orr) is a forest ranger who meets yuppie Mark (Matthew Montgomery) after he falls while rock climbing... See full synopsis »

Director: Michael D. Akers
Stars: Matthew Montgomery, Aaron Orr, Ariadne Shaffer
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After their most recent loss, a soccer team discovers its goalie is gay and casts him out. He retaliates by bringing back an all-gay team for a game to prove who's better.

Director: Sherry Hormann
Stars: Maximilian Brückner, Lisa Potthoff, Dietmar Bär
Rock Haven (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Brady (Sean Hoagland), who will shortly be going away to college, is a shy, introspective 18 year old, who moves to the coastal seaside town of Rock Haven with his overprotective, widowed ... See full summary »

Director: David Lewis
Stars: Sean Hoagland, Owen Alabado, Laura Jane Coles
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two couples are enjoying their summer at the beach, but when the grown son of one couple arrives, it surprisingly stirs something in the husband of the other couple, will the forbidden feelings end badly?

Director: Marco Filiberti
Stars: Alessandro Gassman, Maria de Medeiros, Massimo Poggio
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This coming-of-age drama deals with a young man, realizing who he really is and which things he will never do. Loic, 18 years old, being annoyed by his work in a chocolate factory, cruises ... See full summary »

Director: Lionel Baier
Stars: Pierre Chatagny, Natacha Koutchoumov, Rui Pedro Alves
House of Boys (2009)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two young soul mates find each other while working at an all-male performance club/brothel. Eventually, one contracts AIDS.

Director: Jean-Claude Schlim
Stars: Loïc Peckels, Layke Anderson, Harry Ferrier
Come Undone (2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mathieu, 18, spends the summer at his mother's summer house, in Brittany. On the beach, he meets Cédric, a boy his age. A love-story begins between the two boys.

Director: Sébastien Lifshitz
Stars: Jérémie Elkaïm, Stéphane Rideau, Dominique Reymond
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Bell ...
Craig
Ian Rose ...
Matt
...
Kelvin
Dani Behr ...
Paula
Jude Alderson ...
Gloria
Emile Charles ...
Aylon
Chris Hargreaves ...
Tony, Craig's Brother (as Christopher Hargreaves)
Paul Broughton ...
Minto
P.J. Nicholas ...
Jamie
Sean Simpson ...
Jack
Charlie Caine ...
Terry, DJ
Stephen Burke ...
Luke
...
Dirty Dave
Chris Ross ...
Andy
Tony Van Silva ...
Fight Loser
Edit

Storyline

Craig is a rough kid in Blackpool, picking up cash as a bare-knuckle club fighter; he's also having a hard time accepting that he's gay. Outside a dance club, he meets Matt, a Londoner working for Kelvin, a shady but enterprising music producer. Matt's flatmate is a client, singer Paula Poptart, who's Matt's good friend but also insecure and needy as a performer. Craig comes down to London to join Matt, but this presents problems for Matt, who's had lots of blokes but never fallen in love. Matt's feelings, Kelvin's demands, Matt's dream to run a rock club, Paula's snits and jealousy, and Craig's lack of job skills combine to put Craig and Matt's relationship in jeopardy. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baš kao što jeste  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$69,426 (USA) (11 December 1998)

Gross:

$94,943 (USA) (22 January 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Craig: He kept calling me queer!
Matt: For fuck's sake, Craig, that's what you are, a queer! Just deal with it!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Well acted and directed movie
27 October 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I did like this movie. Directed by Paul Oremland, hopefully not his last, he brought truth and fine acting by a not so famous cast, to the fold. It was a low budget made film, but the writing, by Robert Gray, was top notch. It proves you can tell a beautiful love story without the glitz and millions of dollars. I think Mr. Oremland was in love with his story and his cast. He gave it such beautiful and heartbreaking moments. His interview on the DVD explains why he did the film and why he had such a strong connection in filming it. He also explained how he found the leading man, Steve Bell. Bell is perfectly cast as Craig, a young boxer from the skids who is not only fighting in sleezy matches but fighting his coming out as a homosexual.

He seemed so natural, they claim he actually had done some boxing in real life, you believed him from the start. Watching his opening up in his relationship with a pick-up, played by the beautiful Ian Rose. Rose also gave a truthful and lovely performance as he too found himself in his relationship with Craig. They played their scenes together quite well, including their nudity scenes.

Other cast members were Dani Behr, who played such a selfish girl-friend to Rose, I wanted to slap her. What a witch, and I use the term lightly. Then there's Craig's brother, well played by Chris Hargreaves,

who learns his brother is gay and supports him and his choice. Kind of brother every gay guy wishes he had. Roger Daltrey played another sleezy character in this film. I'm not quite sure whether I disliked his acting or his role the most. I didn't like him in this. I'm one who didn't know who he was. Not a THE WHO fan obviously. So I can't compare him to anything, but what he did in the film. Maybe Mr. Oremland felt he needed a name? I thought Daltrey overacted. But, that's a minor flaw in this wonderful movie. The story, acting and directing all make it worthwhile in renting the DVD. Go and do it like it is.


17 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
GREAT MOVIE AND A GREAT STEVE BELL bertoele
Music mozalicious_2000
Discuss Like It Is (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?