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Almost Normal (2005)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  26 May 2005 (USA)
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A gay man approaching a mid-life crisis is tired of being different because he is gay. He wants to be normal. Suddenly he is yanked back in time to when he was in high school. But this time... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
J. Andrew Keitch ...
Brad Jenkins
Joan Lauckner ...
Julie Erwin
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Roland Davis
Nils Haaland ...
Terry
Kehry Anson Lane ...
Bill Dempson
Joel Egger ...
Dwayne Twillis
Virginia Smith ...
Doris Jenkins
Brad Buffum ...
Bob Jenkins
Mary Douglass ...
Louise Baker
Steve Balsarini ...
Halbert Baker
John Brennan ...
Mr. Thompson
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Steven Davis (as Adam Jefferis)
Katherine Nora Le Roy ...
Yolanda
Stan Brown ...
Mr. Fock
Eric Smith ...
Keith Stevens
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A gay man approaching a mid-life crisis is tired of being different because he is gay. He wants to be normal. Suddenly he is yanked back in time to when he was in high school. But this time, the world is gay and to be straight is considered deviant behavior. Then something else happens. He meets a girl. And suddenly normal becomes ...well almost normal. Written by Marc Moody

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No student hallway lockers have locks on them. During a school year they would all have locks. See more »

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Bill Dempson: Me and you stopped talkin'.
Brad: You stopped talkin' to me.
Bill Dempson: Well, what happened?
Brad: Well, I told you I was a fag.
Bill Dempson: Oh, yeah.
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Role Reversal or 'Walk a Mile in My Shoes'
6 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Marc Moody has written and directed a film that is so earnest and reaches so high for making a significant statement that it is difficult not to admire the result. ALMOST NORMAL is so obviously a gay version of 'Back to the Future' by its own admission that it becomes a bit tedious and silly, and when accompanied by low budget and tenuous production values it is a little squeaky in achieving its self-imposed high standards, it comes very close to being a forgettable effort. So why is it so popular? It has spirit! Brad (J. Andrew Keitch in a fine film debut) is a 40-year-old closeted gay college professor in Nebraska who lives in fear of derision and is frustrated he is unable to live his life in a happy relationship. His good friend Julie (Joan Lauckner) is supportive and encourages Brad to return home for his parent's wedding anniversary. Brad does so reluctantly, finds the usual homophobic atmosphere and in a moment of weakness, drinks too much and has an auto accident. Miraculously, when he awakens, he has the appearance of a handsome high school kid and when he wanders into the world he discovers that there has been a major reversal: now it is normal to be gay and grossly distasteful to be a straight breeder. Even his parents are gay with breeder hosts for procreation purposes. Brad sees reverse discrimination now, is sought after by the high school jock Roland (Tim Hammer), enjoys the freedom of being openly gay, but meets the now new Julie and is strangely attracted to her, having to hide his new 'straight alliance' in a new closet. And the resolution of this new dilemma is the message of the film.

Everything about the idea of the film makes the viewer want to love it, and it is a sweet little diversion of a film with some thinking material about prejudices. It is rough and hampered by many technical and casting and scripted errors, but it does give newcomer Marc Moody a strong grounding for making further films about gay life that seem to appear like seeds of ideas throughout this film. It needs polish but it is a good time and offers a wide audience a better perspective on what it feels like to live a life as an outsider. Grady Harp


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