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Whole New Thing (2005)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  8 January 2006 (USA)
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After years of being home schooled by hippie parents, Emerson is enrolled at his local high school. The intelligent and androgynous youth confounds his classmates and captures the attention of his English teacher. The teacher-student relationship leads to problems for everyone involved.

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Emerson
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Rog
Rebecca Jenkins ...
Kaya
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Don Grant
Kathryn MacLellan ...
Ms. McPherson
Drew O'Hara ...
Todd
Ryan Hartigan ...
Jeff
Geordie Brown ...
Buddy
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Denny
Jackie Torrens ...
Claire
Lisa Lelliott ...
Massage Guest
Leah Fassett ...
Laura
Samantha Spencer ...
Debra
Rebecca Regan ...
Teri
Marguerite McNeil ...
Don's Mother
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After years of being home schooled by hippie parents, Emerson is enrolled at his local high school. The intelligent and androgynous youth confounds his classmates and captures the attention of his English teacher. The teacher-student relationship leads to problems for everyone involved.

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CAD 750,000 (estimated)

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$4,949 (USA) (6 April 2007)

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$11,445 (USA) (11 May 2007)
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All the songs in the movie (the soundtrack as well as the ones on the gift CD from Emerson) are by the Canadian band The Hidden Cameras. See more »

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Don Grant: And what do you do?
Rog: I turn shit into gold.
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I Believe In the Good Of Life
Words and Music by Joel Gibb
Performed by The Hidden Cameras
Published by A Common Enemy
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Great Treatment of a Challenging Topic
14 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this to a packed audience at the Toronto International Film Festival today with director, lead actor, and producers in attendance.

This film exceeded my expectations and was enjoyable to watch. This film explores sexuality and relationships mainly through a home-schooled boy whose family integrates him into a regular school, coming into contact with students and one teacher in particular. This was an engrossing and very interesting exploration of this topic with tenderness, realism, and an excellent screenplay.

A few outstanding aspects:

1) SCREENPLAY: very intelligent, strong characters, motivations, with some very witty lines that really worked and, at times, got me laughing. Good flow.

2) VERY STRONG ACTING: The lead actor (first film for Aaron Webber) was very well cast, not to mention the performances from all leads was very strong. Kudos to the director for pulling this together.

3) VISUALS: The scenes and visuals are slightly out of the ordinary resulting in something that intrigues and makes it worth watching.

There is, however, one small area that was lacking believability which would make this an otherwise outstanding film: the evolving relationship of the lead character with his teacher. A bit more care with this crescendo is what is needed. With a few tweaks highlighting a special moment, or an additional scene, the movie would be perfect. I was thoroughly engrossed in the characters and story and give this movie a very strong endorsement.


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