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Freak Show (2017)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 January 2018 (USA)
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Follows the story of teenager Billy Bloom who, despite attending an ultra conservative high school, makes the decision to run for homecoming queen.

Director:

Trudie Styler

Writers:

Patrick J. Clifton (screenplay by), Beth Rigazio (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Lawther ... Billy (as Alex J. Lawther)
Ian Nelson ... Flip
AnnaSophia Robb ... Blah Blah Blah
Celia Weston ... Florence
Walden Hudson Walden Hudson ... Bib (as Walden Bryan Hudson)
Abigail Breslin ... Lynette
Daniel Bellomy ... Bo-Bo
Bette Midler ... Muv
Larry Pine ... William
Christopher Dylan White ... Bernard
Willa Fitzgerald ... Tiffany
Michael Park ... Principal Onnigan
John McEnroe ... Coach Carter
Mickey Sumner ... Dr. Veronica Vickers
Wally Dunn ... Mr. Reamer
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Storyline

In the vein of CLUELESS and NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, FREAK SHOW tells the moving, heartwarming, and hilarious story of Billy Bloom, a boldly confident, wildly eccentric teenager, who faces intolerance and persecution at his ultra conservative high school, and decides to fight back on behalf of all the misunderstood freaks of the world by running for the title of homecoming queen.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Before Trudie Styler took over as director, Lorraine Toussaint was supposed to be one of the co-stars of the film, along with Laverne Cox, who had previously co-starred in Orange Is the New Black (2013). When Styler and her producing partners approved the final casting, Toussaint was no longer a cast member. See more »

Quotes

William: I'm here.
Billy Bloom: I'm queer.
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Crazy Credits

AnnaSophia Robb is credited as Blah Blah Blah instead of Mary Jane. See more »

Connections

References Dancing with the Stars (2004) See more »

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Viva Las Vegas
Performed by Boy George
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Good acting - average teen movie
17 June 2018 | by Jack_BrockSee all my reviews

Alex Lawther's acting is the best thing about this movie. He breathed life into this movie that easily might have been worse.

Kudos to the writers for trying, but this movie suffers from what most teen movies do: one dimensional characters and weak scripts. Almost all of the characters are cardboard cut outs whose actions are predictable - The jock who hates being a jock, the bitchy cheerleader, clueless parents (including Bette Midler's overacted alcoholic mother), the secretly gay bully in love with the protagonist, etc...

There were some genuinely funny moments though.


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Country:

USA | UK | Sweden

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,809, 14 January 2018

Gross USA:

$19,696

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,657
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo | Dolby Digital (English Dolby Digital 5.1ch 48kHz)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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