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Get Real (1998)

A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love.

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Jessica (as Stacy A. Hart)
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Storyline

This tenderly romantic film tells the story of Steve, a young boy in a at secondary school, as he struggles with coming out and falling in love with John, the top athlete at school - who, amazingly, falls in love with him as well.

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School's out, so is Steven Carter 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)  »

Also Known As:

Comme un garçon  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,200,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed on location at The Vyne Community School in Basingstoke See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Spoofed in Another Gay Movie (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Ready To Go
Written by Jonny Male (as Jonathan Male), Tim Dorney (as Timothy Dorney), Saffron (as Samantha Sprackling),
and Andrew Todd
Performed by Republica
BMG Entertainment Intl UK & Ireland Ltd.
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WONDERFUL representation of real life young people.
19 March 2000 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Could a more realistic demonstration of what it is like to be young exist than this film? Don't think so.

A lot of talk centers around how hard growing up is for teenagers. Yet seldom is it mentioned that however hard it is for straight kids to grow up, it is a million times harder for gay kids, who have no one to turn to for help - not friends, not teachers, not parents, not the church, not books, not counselors, not ANYONE. This film shows what it is like. And it further shows the horrid situation that a young gay athlete finds himself in, torn between being able to do what he enjoys (sports) and being able to be himself. When you're gay, you can't have both, thanks to the homophobia which still rules athletics with an iron fist.

The two main characters of this film struggle to maintain a relationship, because they are in love - yet ultimately the homophobic attitudes of the world force them to part. Tragic, yet it is a tale that plays itself out in every little town on the globe. In spite of this, it is a tale never before told on film. It's about time. This should be required viewing for all high school students.


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