Get Real (1999)
Critic Consensus: An authentic portrayal of homosexuality in high school, Get Real is an engaging dramedy that doesn't sermonize its audience nor trivialize its characters.
Simon Shore manages the transition from television and documentary to feature filmmaking with great assurance in his debut, the captivating, gay comedy Get Real, based on Patrick Wilde's stage success, What's Wrong with Anger? Shore recounts an appealing tale of a teenaged schoolboy coming to grips with his emerging sexuality. Sixteen-year-old Steven is just another teenager: He listens to the latest music, plays computer games, hangs out with friends. But Steven has a secret: He's in love with the school's top athlete, the devastatingly handsome John Dixon. Not surprisingly, Dixon is dating a model and is the object of every girl's attention. Steven certainly can't tell his parents, and none of his friends know he's gay; he can only confide in his best pal, the overweight, feisty Linda, who wants a romance of her own. As if this weren't complicated enough, Steven discovers that one of the girls at school has developed a crush on him. And then Dixon notices Steven's attention. Shore and his cast of youngsters do a wonderful job of capturing the secret lives of his teenage characters. He penetrates the hearts and minds of people trying to understand their complex sexual yearnings, while compensating for the expectations of parents, friends, and society. Fresh, youthful, and invigorating, Get Real establishes its moving tone from the beginning and doesn't let go; it takes an incisive voyage into the world of a gay teenager trying to tell the world that there's nothing wrong with being in love. … More
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Critic Reviews for Get Real
The strength of this agreeable comedy, directed by Simon Shore from a screenplay by Patrick Wilde, is that it makes even the tiniest sexual encounters seem emotionally momentous.
An issue movie, a comedy, and a love story, this is pretty good at being all three.
The film is grounded in genuine emotions and its knowing humour serves it well. I laughed like a drain.
The movie bravely goes where too many other films have gone before.
Audience Reviews for Get Real
It's not perfect, but the film features an interesting plot and generally strong performances, especially from the lead character.
This is a coming of age and coming out story, even though it is set in the U.K., is still close to something I relate to. Well written and acted. There is no drama for drama sake. Very accurate for real life gay teen experience - even down to the chubby friend-girl! I even thing from the point of the parents is well told. Great movie, a lot of fun and very lovable characters!
Loved this film! It's hilarious.
This is on my sis's favorite movies list. Right, Wan!?
Get Real Quotes
|Kevin:||Oye, Carter! Not exactly an oil painting is she?|
|Linda:||No, she's cuddly. And until a few seconds ago, you assumed that because I'm a fat girl and instead of some slim oil painting that I'd be gagging for a quick on in the doorways of Toys R Us. I can just imagine sex with you. Pathetic fumbling to find the bra strap, the slobbery kisses, belching into some poor girl's mouth because you've had too much chile sauce on your kabob. And then the main event, which is either over in seconds or not at all because you're too fuckin pissed.|
|Linda:||He's sex on legs.|
|Jessica:||Which piece are you learning?|
|Wendy:||Romeo, Romeo. Cover me in honey and suck it off with a straw.|
|Wendy:||[Looking at John Dixon] God, he's perfect.|
|Jessica:||Fancy him, do you?|
|Wendy:||He can pass me his baton any day. [the rests of the girls giggles]|
|John Dixon:||What time your parents due back?|
|Steven Carter:||[from down stairs] Oh their back. They're down here with me.|
|John Dixon:||[fumbles to get his pants on] Shit! Shit! Shit ! Shit!|
|Steven Carter:||Mum says if you make an honest man out of me, she'll help me choose the curtains.|
|John Dixon:||[sighs in relief] Wanker! You wanker!|
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