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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. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Interestingly, the real heart of the film is in the finely drawn adult characters.
  2. 75
    Develops its story slowly and carefully, nearly always opting for the plausible over the sensational.
  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. More satisfying than not, and it plays out credibly.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    "Thing" suffers the familiar curse of Canadian seriocomedy -- just nice enough in content and stylistically like a telepic.
  6. Slight Canadian coming-of-age drama.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    30
    The one lesson learned from watching this film is that Canadians can make movies just as badly as anyone else.

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  1. JayH.
    Aug 22, 2008
    7
    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 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. Collapse

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