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This Is Normal (2013)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama | April 2013 (USA)
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A young woman named Gwen who takes what is essentially the medical version of a "magic pill" to go from totally deaf to completely hearing.


Justin Giddings, Ryan Patrick Welsh (as Ryan Welsh)


Justin Giddings (co-writer), Ryan Patrick Welsh (co-writer) (as Ryan Welsh)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryann Turner Ryann Turner ... Gwen
Russell Harvard ... Alex
Molly Burnett ... Katie
Lexi Marman Lexi Marman ... Jenny
Michael Anthony Spady ... Dan
Amy Lyndon ... Susan
Perry Thomas Perry Thomas ... Dr. Thomas
Jamie Elvey Jamie Elvey ... Dr. Kalil
Mikhail Roberts ... Barista Ben
Andrew Garrettson Andrew Garrettson ... Barista John
John Shartzer ... Barista Joe
Cliff Nunley Cliff Nunley ... Clumsy Cliff
Ira Heinichen Ira Heinichen ... Laughing Man
Elizabeth Ho ... Laughing Woman
John Frank Rosenblum ... Angry Man


THIS IS NORMAL is about a young Deaf woman named Gwen who undergoes an experimental medical procedure that is supposed to 'cure' her of her deafness and give her the ability to hear. Despite the controversy, Gwen risks her friends, culture, and identity to discover the answer to the question, 'Is it worth giving up who you've BEEN for the 'maybe' you could BECOME?' Written by Anonymous

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Short | Drama


Not Rated


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April 2013 (USA) See more »


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$35,000 (estimated)
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Written/performed by Sean Giddings
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Great Short Movie
3 April 2017 | by HAL1994See all my reviews

I easily connected to this short movie, since I'm almost deaf too - I know how hard it is to have a "normal" social life being almost unable to understand what people are saying near to you. I too went through a surgery to "hear better". I thought the script was well written, very mature and to- the-ground feel, the direction is very good, and the cast is superb, especially the main character played by Ryann.

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