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Get Real (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  30 April 1999 (USA)
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A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love.

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This tenderly romantic film tells the story of Steve, a young man in a British prep school, as he struggles with coming out and falling in love with the class jock, John... who, amazingly, falls in love with him as well. Written by Randy Goldberg <goldberg@nymc.edu>

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Boy meets boy. Boy likes boy. Boy, oh, boy. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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30 April 1999 (USA)  »

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Comme un garçon  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$54,254 (USA) (30 April 1999)

Gross:

$1,200,000 (USA)
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When Steve goes into the public bathroom and sits on the toilet, the toilet paper is neatly rolled/not between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Steven Carter: I came late to sex. I was nearly ten. That's when my friend Mark Watkins told me how babies were made.
Young Steve: Really? Are you sure?
Young Mark: Yeah. Honest. I saw it on one of my dad's videos.
Steven Carter: For over a year after that I thought babies were made when two women tied a man to a bed and covered his willy with ice cream.
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A Tender, Realistic and Superb Gem
1 January 2001 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Intelligently scripted, well-crafted and exceptionally acted story of a young gay man finding his way through the adolescent wilderness. The situations that arise, when one finds themselves serving too many masters, are portrayed in a moving, heart warming manner. A great balance of relevant humor and teenage emotional tribulation is struck, without so much as a gram of maudlin melodrama, which normally crops up in films of this nature (especially American ones). In the good ol' USA, teenage development in movies tend to be played for laughs or for mawkish sentiment, which could propel whining into an Olympic event.

In a short summation, Steve Carter, the main protagonist, finds the path to love strewn with thorns. His friend and counsel, Linda, walks the same road. Steve in discovering himself, discovers that anguish is also a companion to love.

GET REAL does just that in such an honest, disarming way, that it exudes originality. The performances and characterizations, are far ranging and finely realized. There's not a weak link in the chain, either in performance, script execution or direction. Innovative and fresh from start to finish. A contemporary classic that is highly recommended.


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