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Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (2015)

Unrated | | Drama | 8 January 2016 (USA)
Preacher's kid Henry Gamble is turning 17 today. Bring your swimsuit.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Henry Gamble
... Gabe
Elizabeth Laidlaw ... Kat Gamble
... Bob Gamble
Nina Ganet ... Autumn Gamble
Daniel Kyri ... Logan
... Jon
... Keith Noble (as Travis Knight)
... Candice Noble
... Christine
... Heather
... Cooper
... Emily
... Cheyenne
... Larry Montgomery
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HENRY GAMBLE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY takes place over the course of 24 hours, at the 17th birthday pool party of preacher's kid Henry Gamble. As Henry treads through various sexual possibilities, seeking to come into his own, so too do the adults and teenagers of the party, all struggling to navigate the public and private, and their longing, despite themselves and their faith, for earthly love.

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Einen Freund zum Geburtstag  »

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Shot on location in Lake Forest, Illinois. See more »

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Kat Gamble: Something happened to me and I'm not sure what I'm becoming.
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For Amy, April, Brad, Diane and Tami. See more »

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References Kaboom (2010) See more »

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Getcha Good
Written and performed by Celine Neon
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Growing up gay in the south
10 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

If you grew up gay in the South at least semi-recently, this movie will probably resonate with you. I watched this movie on a whim while bored and looking for something a little more risqué, and though this movie certainly failed to fulfill on the latter, it more than captured my attention otherwise. The movie was visually intriguing, the music incredible, and the artful combination of the two left me feeling completely immersed in some beautiful, quasi-reminiscent experience. I'm actually quite stunned by how deftly the writer and director were able to echo my own experiences growing up in a family that both loves you and is in many ways disgusted by you as well.

It's intriguing that other reviewers find this movie dated or otherwise inaccurate. I'm not sure what churches they go to, but very few clergymen these days go without. We have pastors with million-dollar homes, with fleets of cars, heck there are more than a few pastors with private airplanes. Also, I'm only 32 and 17yo me would have felt perfectly at home in this movie.

This movie isn't for the average viewer these days that likes to be spoon-fed every single detail. On the contrary, I found that HGBD challenged the viewer to reexamine their subconscious biases regarding these stereotypes and perhaps give the 'other side' another look.

Great job!


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