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Consenting Adult (1985)

A young gay man tries to find acceptance from his shocked mother and disgusted father. Through this journey, he also learns to accept himself for who he is.


Gilbert Cates


Laura Z. Hobson (based on the novel by), John McGreevey (teleplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlo Thomas ... Tess Lynd
Martin Sheen ... Ken Lynd
Barry Tubb ... Jeff Lynd
Talia Balsam ... Margie
Ben Piazza ... Dr. Mark Waldo
John Terlesky ... Pete Roberts
Corinne Camacho ... Claire (as Corinne Michaels)
Matthew Laurance ... Nate
Joseph Adams ... Stu
Richard Sargent Richard Sargent ... Pat Malone
Thomas Peacocke Thomas Peacocke ... Dr. Daniels
Moira Walley-Beckett ... Sue Wister (as Moira Walley)
Jeff Irvine Jeff Irvine ... Hank
Dave Sayer Dave Sayer ... Counterman
Rebecca Staples Rebecca Staples ... Maribel


Young and shy Jeff discovers his attraction to men. After struggling with himself he comes out to his parents. His mum eventually listens to him and tries to understand his feelings, but his dad would rather die, leaving a mother, her son, and his friend to work out the things Jeff and his dad never had the courage to discuss. Written by Christian Fieres <chris@waldfee.psycho.de>

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In the novel, Jeff has two older siblings, a sister and a brother. In the film, he has only a sister, sensitively portrayed by Talia Balsam. Much of Tess and Ken's marital tension in the book stems from their very polar handling of the crisis based on their divergent upbringings (his Protestant, hers Jewish), which results in Ken's inability to break silence. The influence of ethnicity is not addressed in the film. See more »


[first lines]
Ken Lynd: All right Pat. Just one picture.
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This was a Good Coming Out Drama!
3 May 1999 | by TexGuySee all my reviews

I saw this movie back in 1985 when it premiered on television. Marlo Thomas plays Tess Lynd a mother whose son announces that he is gay. Tess' husband is not accepting of the son and a battle ensues. Tess is torn between the love of her son and her husband. Marlo Thomas gives a great performance!! I was a bit shocked though, parts of this film are pretty risque for the time and television! I can remember vividly how the viewer almost was part of the sexual activity the son was having, but it was done tastefully. I recommend this film!

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4 February 1985 (USA) See more »

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Con el consentimiento de los adultos See more »

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1.33 : 1
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