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.

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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 … More

Rating: R (for language and sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy
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Written By: Patrick Wilde
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2000
Paramount Pictures

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as Steven Carter

as John Dixon

as Jessica

as Christina Lindmann

as Young Steve

as Young Mark

as Steven's Mother

as Steven's Father

as Glen

as Morgan Jones

as Linda's Brother

as English Teacher

as Cruising Man

as Glen's Wife

as Crying Baby

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as Aunt at Wedding

as Bridegroom

as Policeman

as John's Father

as John's Mother

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as Headmaster

as Roger McGregor
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Critic Reviews for Get Real

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (15)

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.

Full Review… | July 24, 2007
Top Critic

Fresh, funny and thoroughly engaging.

Full Review… | July 24, 2007
Top Critic

An issue movie, a comedy, and a love story, this is pretty good at being all three.

Full Review… | July 24, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film is grounded in genuine emotions and its knowing humour serves it well. I laughed like a drain.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie bravely goes where too many other films have gone before.

Full Review… | February 21, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Yes, we've heard the tale before, but somehow it just never gets stale: Welcome to another instalment of Romeo and Romeo.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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!

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


Loved this film! It's hilarious.

This is on my sis's favorite movies list. Right, Wan!?

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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