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American Primitive (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Family | 2014 (USA)
In 1973 playing it straight can get a little twisted... Set in 1973 and inspired by true events, 'American Primitive' tells the story of the havoc that is wreaked in a teenage girl's life ... See full summary »

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Harry
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Sam
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William Cauldicott
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In 1973 playing it straight can get a little twisted... Set in 1973 and inspired by true events, 'American Primitive' tells the story of the havoc that is wreaked in a teenage girl's life when she discovers her widowed father is gay. Alternately comic and tragic, the film captures the homophobia of the time set against a backdrop of small town America on Cape Cod. The film utilizes emblematic music expressing the artistic and experimental freedom of the early 70s. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual material and language
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Once in a Very Blue Moon  »

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A funny, family-friendly film!
12 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

What a fantastic debut feature from Gwen Wynne. I was privileged to have the opportunity to see it on the big screen at Outfest 2009, and what a joy it was! In all honesty, I went to the film primarily because an actress I admire, Anne Ramsay, played one of the supporting roles. I had no idea I would be in for such an enjoyable afternoon - and subsequently bought tickets to the next (and final) showing of the film. I enjoyed both screenings mightily, and am so glad I had the chance to see it. Contrary to my expectations (from the title I saw it under, "American Primitive"), the film was quite funny, and though I know gay subject matter is still sadly taboo in many American households, I found it to be quite family friendly. I'm actually thrilled to find out that they're changing the title - I think that will likely attract a wider audience, which deserves to see this film.

I also have to emphasize, as I find it irritating in a range of gay films - this film is NOT meant to preach to you. Far from it - it instead tells an honest story, more focused on the coming-of-age of the daughters of a gay man than on his relationship, which functions more as a backdrop than a central focus, a fact I appreciated. A particular stand-out in the cast was Skye McCole Bartusiak as Daisy, who got frequent laughs from both viewing audiences when I was in attendance.

I can't wait for the DVD, as I've been encouraging friends and family alike to see it where it's available, and though a few have managed to catch it at festivals, I would love to be able to force - I mean, cajole - them to purchase the DVD. ;-)


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