A miserable fat teenager secretly has a crush on the class beauty, ends up becoming the surprising participant to dance with her at a high school dance, meaning he's got to get his act together with the help of his best friend.
Angus is a large, pathetic 14-year-old whose thoughts are most often filled with the image of a schoolmate named Melissa Lefevre. He is shy and thinks that he has no chance of ever "getting" her. Being especially uncool, he is incredibly surprised (along with his schoolmates) that he is chosen to dance with her at the Winter Ball. The only one not surprised is the cool-kid who set him up to fail, but his best friend is going to help him win Melissa's heart by developing a new look for him.Written by
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The shots in front of the school and at the football game were shot at Owatonna High School in Owatonna, Minnesota. The marching band playing during the opening credits is the actual Owatonna High School Marching Band. See more »
After Angus drops Melissa at her house, they are talking. Every time the camera angle changes, his hair is in a different style. See more »
My mother named me after my father, Angus; a cow's name, which didn't help matters much, because I was a big kid. My mother was in labor with me for two days, but it was my father who died during child birth. He had a heart attack waiting for her to deliver, but this wasn't really my problem. In fact, I perceived my family situation as relatively normal, until I began to collect expert opinion around kindergarten.
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The cable television version on TNT contains many deleted scenes not shown on the theatrical version including:
Extended dialogue between Angus and Troy in the locker room.
Scene with Angus helping his grandfather move some of his stuff to April's house.
Scene with Angus talking with his grandfather and April at April's house. The scene also shows the grandfather's dance move "the irish swoon" which is described to Angus earlier in the film.
Extended scene where Angus goes to the dancing lesson, including Angus and Troy commenting on the teachers good looks.
Scene with Angus and his mom eating Hagandaas ice cream in the kitchen where they talk about the upcoming dance.
I caught this one zapping around during morning television. I saw a bunch of my favorite actors (George C. Scott, Kathy Bates) and decided to sit it out.
My conclusion, "Angus" is an overlooked gem.
One thing baffles me though: this movie is listed as comedy, but I found not much to laugh about.
"Angus" is in fact a rather painful movie to watch sometimes, because the strongest subject matter it deals with is bullying.
It deals some very real and emotional issues, about parents' frustration about their inability to protect their children all the time. The acting is superb, and to be honest, the comic relief was a tad out of place.
The movie contains some very good acting and some excellent scenes and dialogue. It also features a heart wrenching monologue by Angus (played by Charlie Talbert) when he confides in his grandfather (George C. Scott), who's about to be married.
So, see beyond the awkward comic elements and "Angus" is an enjoyable, "actor driven" movie that did not get the attention it deserved.
You'll probably enjoy the soundtrack as well. Whatever happened to the obviously talented Talbert anyway?
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