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Late Bloomers (1996)

High School basketball coach, Dinah Groshardt, falls for the school secretary, Carly Lumpkin, and upsets the entire school in the process.

Director:

Julia Dyer

Writer:

Gretchen Dyer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Connie Nelson Connie Nelson ... Dinah Groshardt
Dee Hennigan Dee Hennigan ... Carly Lumpkin
Gary Carter Gary Carter ... Ron Lumpkin
Jonah Lisa Dyer Jonah Lisa Dyer ... Val Lumpkin (as Lisa Peterson)
Esteban Powell ... Jamie Hooper
Joe Nemmers ... Rick Musso
Rene Moreno Rene Moreno ... Albert Echeverria
T.A. Taylor T.A. Taylor ... Bill Boardway
Molly Norton Molly Norton ... The Temp
Graham Skipper ... Avery Lumpkin
Tabitha Woods Tabitha Woods ... Miss Paul
Ivan Klousia Ivan Klousia ... Henry Vadeboncoeur
Lisa Lee Schmidt Lisa Lee Schmidt ... Salome Gumm
Katherine Owens Katherine Owens ... Cloris Luna-Dorflinger
Julie Mayfield Julie Mayfield ... Sheila Boardway
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Storyline

The story of two ordinary women in their mid years, who live deep in the bible belt, populated by square teachers, libidinous students and home to suburban monotony. Carly is a married woman with two kids, who works as the school secretary; Dinah is the single, lonely math teacher who coaches the girls' basketball team. Long time disinterest between the women perchance evolves in to a series of one-on-one basketball games, during which the two women grow closer physically and emotionally, until one heated game ends spontaneously in a kiss. The outcry from family, friends and the community as the relationship between these two women blooms, creates a timely story in which is woven the notion of family, of gay relationships and which raises the banner of gay marriage. Written by Strand Releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Late Bloomers ...lieber spät als nie See more »

Filming Locations:

Arlington, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,749, 29 June 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,891, 6 July 1997
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Company Credits

Production Co:

One Mind Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Avery Lumpkin: What's going on?
Val Lumpkin: Our Mom's a lesbian.
Carly Lumpkin: I guess you could put it that way.
Avery Lumpkin: What about Dad? Is he a lesbian too?
Val Lumpkin: You dolt! Lesbians are women who do it with other women.
Avery Lumpkin: Do what?
[Val glares at Avery with a stupid look for a few seconds; then his face lights up as he understands]
Avery Lumpkin: Oh...
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Soundtracks

The Truth About Love
Written by Ted Pine
Performed by Vocals by Sara Hickman
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Excellent Movie!
26 June 2006 | by siverlineSee all my reviews

While most movies show two model like hot woman in a love relationship, this one shows two ordinary women getting to know themselves and then each other.

Connie Nelson plays Dinah Groshardt (an unattached middle aged woman who is made fun off by her students for her lack of love life) , a trigonometry teacher at a high school where Carly Lumpkin (played by Dee Hennigan) works in the principal's office and her husband Ron Lumpkin (played by Gary Carter) teaches algebra.

Carly and Ron have two kids, rebel daughter Val (Jonah Marsh) & pleasing son Avery (Graham Skipper). There is no longer any love left in Carly and Ron's relationship and she has issues with her own body. One day in class Dinah confiscates a love note between Val & her boyfriend Jamie Hooper (Esteban Powell), a budding rock star. Later while Dinah comes to the Lumpkins for dinner, Carly goes through Dinah's purse while she is out playing ball with Ron. She mistakes the note for an affair between the two. Later when she realizes her mistake and confesses to Dinah it leads to friendship and much more.

The movie is thoroughly enjoyable and gives a realistic look at how a love relationship between two women, its effects on their personal and professional lives and a good anticipated ending.

While Connie Nelson looks like Jeremy Irons (ha!ha!, it is Dee Hennigan, who steals the show as Carly who wants to share her love between her new partner and her family. A little obese and petite, she is extremely attractive and looks like a million dollars. Watch out for her basketball scenes with Connie Nelson, one in the buff and one in their wedding dress. Gary Carter plays the unfortunate but understanding husband with great style.


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