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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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Rebecca Jenkins ...
Kaya
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Don Grant
Kathryn MacLellan ...
Ms. McPherson
Drew O'Hara ...
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Ryan Hartigan ...
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Jackie Torrens ...
Claire
Lisa Lelliott ...
Massage Guest
Leah Fassett ...
Laura
Samantha Spencer ...
Debra
Rebecca Regan ...
Teri
Marguerite McNeil ...
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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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The film was written in two weeks then filmed in 15 days. See more »

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Don Grant: And what do you do?
Rog: I turn shit into gold.
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Builds the Bone
Words and Music by Joel Gibb
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Flower (grand) Child
7 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well-acted with very believable characters, we follow the story arc of 13-year old Emerson being forced out of the home-schooling nest by his free-spirit, eco-friendly hippies-cum-parents into the harsh (I'm sure by Canadian standards) world of public education.

This event is a catalyst for Emerson (predictably) and for his parents and new teacher (not so predictably). For Emerson it is all new wounds, for his parents and teacher it is a reevaluation and in some senses an awakening.

This is a thoroughly pleasant study of idealism accommodating reality, the (sometimes) thin line between romantic love vs fraternal love, romantic sex vs lustful sex, and friendship vs fraternity. And it's a nicely developed story of coming of age, coming out of the closet and coming to your senses.

I would like to think of this as a good movie for all ages, but perhaps I'm too liberal and open-minded/lax in discipline. As 10% films go, it just barely qualifies; the gay theme is subordinate to the stories of the individuals, each with their individual histories, needs, and future.


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