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  • Summary: When a precocious, homeschooled 13 year-old boy is sent to the local, rural school for the first time, it's going to be a whole new thing. For everyone. This is a beguiling and provocative comedy/drama about the discovery of sex and the longing for intimacy. (Picture This! Entertainment)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. 75
    Develops its story slowly and carefully, nearly always opting for the plausible over the sensational.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Interestingly, the real heart of the film is in the finely drawn adult characters.
  3. 75
    Like a Canadian "Six Feet Under," the indie dramedy Whole New Thing mixes characters (teen and adult, gay and straight, married and single) who seem both completely plausible and capable of anything.
  4. Reviewed by: Albert Williams
    The film features subtle, honest performances by Daniel MacIvor (who also cowrote the screenplay) as the perplexed prof and engaging newcomer Aaron Webber as the sensitive student.
  5. Slight Canadian coming-of-age drama.
  6. 50
    Whole New Thing comes unglued toward the end, spiraling into melodrama without ever escaping its whiny, indie-rock soundtrack.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Half-new at most, this "Running With Scissors"–type tale of a precocious, effeminate teen who gets hot for teacher while prepping for a life in the arts isn't evidently autobiographical. Neither is it funny--or poignant or insightful or remotely worth one's time.

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  1. JayH.
    Aug 22, 2008
    Simply made and very well written and acted. The direction by Amnon Buchbinder is very sensitive and quite well handled. I liked the score a lot, it fit the film well. Touchingly made. Expand