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A closeted young man goes home for the holidays and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.

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Yen Tan

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Hutch (story by), Yen Tan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jamie Chung ... Carly
Virginia Madsen ... Eileen
Bill Heck ... Slow Dancer
Cory Michael Smith ... Adrian Lester
Michael Chiklis ... Dale Lester
Ryan Piers Williams ... Marc Peterson
Tina Parker ... Cashier
Aidan Langford ... Andrew Lester
Alex Nicole McConnell ... Airport Traveler / Church Goer
David Opegbemi ... Diner Patron
Bryan Massey Bryan Massey ... Pastor Jon
Marcus DeAnda ... Slow Dancer
Benjamin Hull ... Airport Traveler
Kendahl Cooper ... Church Attendee
Michael Darby ... Leo
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A closeted young man goes home for the holidays and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.

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English

Release Date:

9 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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Texas, USA

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1.66 : 1
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When Adrian takes Andrew to the movies, they eventually see A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985). This "Nightmare" became infamous after its initial release due to the homoerotic subtext of the film - protagonist Jesse (played by now openly gay actor Mark Patton) struggles the whole movie with being overwhelmed and manipulated by Freddy Krueger, which has been seen by many scholars and horror fans as how gay people struggle with accepting themselves in less than hospitable places, i.e. how Adrian is struggling with telling his family he's gay or has AIDS or how its suggested Andrew may be gay/bisexual as well. Also, when they're inside the theater watching the movie, the entire audience is made up of men, most of whom look to be discreet couples. See more »

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Adrian Lester: You're gonna have some tough days; days where you feel like everything sucks, and you don't wanna get out of bed; days when you gonna feel like you just don't belong. I've had a lot of those days. And I want you to know; you are not the only one that feels the way you do. There's a whole world out there for someone like you. I promise you are not as different as you think you are. And mom and dad that might not get it; all of your friends might not get it either, and some of them might say some...
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) See more »

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It wasn't easy to be gay in Forth Worth in 1985
13 October 2018 | by Red-125See all my reviews

1985 (2018) was written and directed by Yen Tan. It stars Cory Michael Smith as Adrian, a young gay man who is out of the closet in NYC, but still in the closet in Fort Worth. Adrian is handsome and athletic. He doesn't look or act like the stereotyped version of a gay man.

His parents are working class evangelicals. All they want is for Adrian to marry Carly, the girl friend he left behind. (Jamie Chung, a Korean-American portrays Carly. It's interesting that no one objects to Adrian marrying an Asian-American woman.) Virginia Madsen plays Eileen, Adrian's loving mother. Michael Chiklis portray's Adrian's father Dale, who fulfills the stereotyped image of a tough, blue-collar right-wing guy.

This movie could have been a simple coming-out story, but it isn't. There are complexities within each character, and there are unexpected moments of love and concern.

We saw this film at The Little Theatre, as part of ImageOut, the excellent Rochester LGBT Film Festival. It will work well on the small screen.

1985 carries a weak IMDb rating of 6.8. I think it's better than that.

P.S. In a brilliant piece of programming, ImageOut showed the movie "Buddies" on the same day as it showed 1985. Buddies was produced in 1985. It was the first movie that openly referred to the HIV/AIDS crisis. The year 1985 was a really bad year to be gay.


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