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Edge of Seventeen (1998)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 April 2000 (Australia)
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A teenager copes with his sexuality on the last day of school in 1984. It shows him coping with being gay and being with friends.

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David Moreton

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Todd Stephens
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Stafford Chris Stafford ... Eric
Tina Holmes ... Maggie
Andersen Gabrych Andersen Gabrych ... Rod
Stephanie McVay ... Mom
Lea DeLaria ... Angie
John Eby John Eby ... Dad
Antonio Carriero Antonio Carriero ... Andy
Jason Lockhart ... Steve (as Jason Scheingross)
Tony Maietta Tony Maietta ... Gregg
Jeff Fryer ... Jonathan
Kevin Joseph Kelly Kevin Joseph Kelly ... Chuckie (as Kevin J. Kelly)
Mark Gates Mark Gates ... Foodtown
Stevie Reese Desmond ... Ruby Rogers
Barbie Marie Barbie Marie ... Frieda
Craig H. Shepherd ... Irate Customer (as Craig Shepherd)
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A gay teen finds out who he is and what he wants, who his friends are, and who loves him, in this autobiographical tale set in middle America in the 1980s. Growing up, learning about life, love, sex, friends, and lovers. Written by Matthew Fillmore <MFillmore@Pensive.Org>

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friend | gay | teenager | sex | 1980s | See All (133) »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Picture This! Entertainment

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Aos 17 Anos See more »

Filming Locations:

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,302, 2 May 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$870,751, 30 January 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Living on the EDGE
29 July 2000 | by NJMoonSee all my reviews

EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is by far the more realistic and enjoyable "coming of age/coming out" films to hit cinemas in a while. On a thematic par with the Brit import GET REAL, this film touches on the reality of coming of age in 1984 mid-America, though I suspect it is pretty much the same in any American suburb. The competition must discount Britain's BEAUTIFUL THING which is really an out and out romance. But it beats the cardboard contrivances of DEFYING GRAVITY, a collegiate scenario of similar ilk.

The awkward flirty moments building up to the first boy/boy coupling have an air of sexy familiarity. Film's presumption that "all some guys want is sex" is (unfortunately) dead on real. Chris Stafford plays the leading teen with immense charm. We'll see more from Stafford, surely. His studly co-star is suitably entrancing and is fine to look from the back during their love scenes. We certainly understand why our hero falls for this college-age cad.

Naturally there's a gal pal, too, who here is underplayed nicely but a little too Winona-like for comfort. Broadway uber-dyke Lea DeLaria is onboard for yuks but is just a little too odd and urban to blend in a Sandusky supermarket. Gay men will get teary as Stafford fesses up to Mom that he's queer. Film's only flaw is some obviously clipped editing. At least two scenes are confusing in continuity leading us to wonder whahappened???

But EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is a winner. Gay or straight, first love and coming of age are themes that hit home.


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