Edge of Seventeen (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Edge of Seventeen (1999)



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David Moreton made his directorial debut with this gay teen comedy-drama. Working in 1984 at the Grub Wagon restaurant in an Ohio theme park, 16-year-old Eric (Chris Stafford) meets Ohio State hotel-management student Rod (Andersen Gabrych), and the encounter leads to Eric's first sexual experience. At home, Eric has a happy and normal family life and gets much support from his mother (Stephanie McVay). While a high-school senior, he begins hanging out at a local gay bar, the Fruit & Nut club, run by Grub Wagon manager Angie (Lea DeLaria). How can Eric break the news of his true sexual leanings to his admiring close friend Maggie (Tina Holmes)? The film features a jazz-oriented rendition of Blue Skies from ascending comedy performer Lea DeLaria, who was touring in Chicago when this film surfaced at the 1998 San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.more
Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Written By: Todd Stephens
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On DVD: Jul 11, 2000
Strand Releasing


Jeff Fryer
as Jonathan
Mark Gates
as Foodtown
Craig H. Shepherd
as Irate Customer
Doug Millon
as Security Guard
Justin Leach
as Tall Blond Guy
Jeffrey Abramson
as Dan McAllister
Jeff Abramson
as Dan McAllister
Don Mitri
as Teacher
Mike Roth
as Wrestling Jock
Adam Penton
as Joe Plonsky Jr.
Tal Ben-David
as Waitress
Dina Anderson
as Bitchy Girl
Karen Brooks
as Bitchy Girl
Edd Martin
as Drag Queen
Gregg Long
as Mr. Johnson
as Marlene Dicktrick
Dominic Carrion
as Miss Anita Mann
Jesse Adams
as Drag Atrocity
Joshua Elrod
as Rod's Roommate
Sally Law
as Grubber
as As Herself
Twiggy Lawson
as Marlene Dicktrick
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Critic Reviews for Edge of Seventeen

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (12)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 5, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | April 30, 1999
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | July 8, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Edge of Seventeen


I'm a huge fan of gay romance (no idea why, I can't stand straight romance), but I didn't particularly like it. The acting was fine, and there was awesome music (Yazoo, Bronski Beat etc = yay), but it was just boring.

Lauren Donis

Super Reviewer

I really thought I was gonna hate this movie but I actually thought it was pretty good. A lot of the criticisms I noticed has to do with stupid choices that the Eric character makes but maybe they don't remember what it's like to be 17. He's pretty much an innocent dork that gets caught up in what he believes to be love but is actually just sex. From there it's a lot of confusion for him. Maybe it's not groundbreaking but the acting was pretty good for a low-budget gay movie. B+

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

Nothing groundbreaking. The problem here is that the characters are so distasteful & one-dimentional, the viewer couldn't care less about them...

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