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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Emerson
... Rog
Rebecca Jenkins ... Kaya
... Don
... Ms. McPherson
Drew O'Hara ... Todd
Ryan Hartigan ... Jeff
Geordie Brown ... Buddy
... Denny
Jackie Torrens ... Claire
Lisa Lelliott ... Massage Guest
Leah Fassett ... Laura
Samantha Spencer ... Debra
Rebecca Regan ... Teri
Marguerite McNeil ... Don's Mother
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After years of being home schooled by hippie parents, Emerson is enrolled at his local high school. The intelligent and androgynous youth confounds his classmates and captures the attention of his English teacher. The teacher-student relationship leads to problems for everyone involved. Written by Anonymous

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CAD 750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,949, 6 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,445, 11 May 2007
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The film was written in two weeks then filmed in 15 days. See more »

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Rog: How often do you masturbate?
Emerson Thorsen: After every meal. I floss, too.
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Featured in Whole New Thing: Deleted Scenes (2007) See more »

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I Believe In the Good Of Life
Words and Music by Joel Gibb
Performed by The Hidden Cameras
Published by A Common Enemy
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Artless and touching
6 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a touching movie about Emerson, the 13-year-old son of hippies in rural Nova Scotia. He's been home-schooled; hoping to interest him more in academics, his mother decides to send him to the local school for the first time. As he becomes the target of bullies, more and more he develops a crush on his English teacher, Mr. Grant, who as it turns out is a closeted gay man who frequents the highway rest stop. His artless advances towards Mr. Grant scare the hell out of him, leaving Emerson hurt and confused. Meanwhile, his parents' marriage is in a crisis that they try unsuccessfully to camouflage from him.

There were a few thin spots (a few threads were left hanging ), but in general it's a sweet, reflective movie that compels us to identify with Emerson and invites us to think about the emotional reactions it raises in us. Another lovely Canadian (and specifically Maritime) queer film in the tradition of The Hanging Garden.


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