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50 Ways of Saying Fabulous (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2 June 2006 (USA)
Growing up is mystifying, but Billy discovers all he has to be is himself

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Paterson ...
Billy / Lana (Billy)
Harriet Beattie ...
Lou / Brad (Lou)
Jay Collins ...
Roy
Georgia McNeil ...
Babe (as Georgia McNeill)
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Jamie
Rima Te Wiata ...
Evey
George Mason ...
Arch
Ross McKellar ...
Matt
Stephanie McKellar-Smith ...
Reebie
David Sutherland ...
Stuart
Ben Short ...
Glen
Michelle O'Brien ...
Belinda Pepper
Fiona Edgar ...
Teacher
Kevin Wymer ...
Mr. Shulter
Ian Fraser ...
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Set in New Zealand in the summer of 1975, 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous is the story of 12 year-old Billy, who is about to discover that growing up is a lot more confusing than he could have ever imagined. He is a farmer's only son who is out of step with the other boys at his school. He feels they only want to fight and play rugby and while he tries to be the same, he feels he was never cut out to be a farmer or a rugby player. Instead, he prefers to dream about an imaginary life in outer space. In this world, a turnip paddock becomes a lunar landscape and a cow's tail a head of beautiful blonde hair which transforms him into "Lana" the heroine of his favorite TV show. With the arrival of Roy, the class freak, and Jamie the sexy young farm laborer Billy's world is changed forever. As he learns about his sexuality, everything he knows is called into question, including his lifelong loyalty to his best friend, tomboy Louise, whose world is changing alongside his. Set in New Zealand's ... Written by Rachael Fleury

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It was a world of adventure and a time of innocence, when friendships were forever and growing up would change everything. See more »

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In Loving Memory of the Fabulous Peter Fantl See more »

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Featured in Here's Looking at You, Boy (2007) See more »

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Tijuana Rose
Leo Addeo, Dunhill Music Company
EMI - Topp Twins (as The Topp Twins)
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at last a movie on this subject that is honest, real and uplifting.
24 September 2005 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The movie tackles a sensitive subject in a way that is accessible to a wide audience. The plot moves at a brisk pace, and the acting is always excellent, especially by the three lead child actors. Dialogue is true to life, and sometimes very funny. I found several of the scenes very moving, especially those where the characters try to come to terms with the complexity of their adolescent emotions. The story concentrates on the children's viewpoint, with adults mostly absent - this is a good idea as puts the focus onto the relationships of the adolescents, which are the most dramatic. The period art direction is faultless, the landscape settings are awesome, and the music adds a nice comic touch. This is a very entertaining film that also carries an important and heartfelt message - that we are all basically the same and need to show each other tolerance and understanding. That's an important message in this day and age.


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