Weinstein Company, The | Release Date: October 7, 2011
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rkellytexOct 7, 2011
I went to a sneak peak of this movie at the Castro Theater in San Francisco and had not heard anything about it, so had no expectations. The movie is mediocre at best and after seeing the writer/director, Juno Temple, and a surpriseI went to a sneak peak of this movie at the Castro Theater in San Francisco and had not heard anything about it, so had no expectations. The movie is mediocre at best and after seeing the writer/director, Juno Temple, and a surprise appearance by Melissa Manchester at the Castro I wanted to like it more. The likely mostly gay crowd at the Castro hootted, guffawed and hissed, but it all felt forced. The comedy is way to broad and most of the characters are caricatures (the chubby gay boy, the hateful homophobic dad, the school bully). I too was a chubby (closeted) gay teen in the early 80's right across the Red River in Texas, so should have been able to relate, but the connection just wasn't there. Although some will find the flour-sack baby cloying, I didn't mind it and thought it could have worked in a better movie. The two saving graces I found were the 80's songs, some of which were obvious and others more subtle, and Juno Temple. There was one scene at the end between her and Tim McGraw that was truly beautiful and didn't fit in with the rest of the movie. I was kind of blown away when she came out and I learned that she is actually British. I went so far as to pull up IMDB after the show to see if I had sen her before (small parts in Atonement and Greenberg), but her work in this film, and especially that one scene, indicate the girl can act if she is given the right role. Expand
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EatToWatchApr 13, 2012
An interesting twist on your standard coming of age story, but that's all there is. I agree that many of the critic reviews seemed harsh. Did I enjoy this film? Yes, I did. It has some funny moments (not too many) and the characterAn interesting twist on your standard coming of age story, but that's all there is. I agree that many of the critic reviews seemed harsh. Did I enjoy this film? Yes, I did. It has some funny moments (not too many) and the character development, while cliched, is enjoyable to watch. I was not a big fan of the acting, not bad but nothing to write home about. Perhaps the worse element was the music. I love 80's music. I love New Wave. I didn't love the way this film seemingly used the same few 80's pop hits to repeatedly drive the point home the film took place in the 80's! Every time the sound cut out and and a rip-roaring 80's toon came on, I groaned. One little music montage would have been fine but this film goes way beyond that. Would I recommend this film? Not particularly. Unless someone said they had a passion for 80's music and coming of age stories. Expand
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