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Get Real (1999)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 10

An authentic portrayal of homosexuality in high school, Get Real is an engaging dramedy that doesn't sermonize its audience nor trivialize its characters.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 3

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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This gay coming-of-age drama from Britain was screened at many film festivals including Toronto, Edinburgh, and the 1999 Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema section). It tells the story of 16-year-old Steven (Ben Silverstone), a boy who can't tell anyone of his sexual preference except an overweight girl named Linda, who is also unlucky in love. Steven (and most of his school's female student body) have a crush on John, the school hunk, who dates a model. Before long, John and Steven finally


Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy

Patrick Wilde

Feb 22, 2000

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (10) | DVD (2)

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.

July 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Slate
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Fresh, funny and thoroughly engaging.

July 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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An issue movie, a comedy, and a love story, this is pretty good at being all three.

July 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The film is grounded in genuine emotions and its knowing humour serves it well. I laughed like a drain.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The movie bravely goes where too many other films have gone before.

February 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Yes, we've heard the tale before, but somehow it just never gets stale: Welcome to another instalment of Romeo and Romeo.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Simon Shore's feature directing debut displays considerable confidence and aplomb. But his fairly hackneyed sense of storytelling seems to value accessibility above complexity, so don't expect any surprises.

July 24, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Charming and romantic enough to get by.

June 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The performances are solid throughout, and the writing is straightforward and tight.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The rather unoriginal script, co-written by Shore and Patrick Wilde (who wrote the stage play upon which the film is based), has roughly an equal number of clever lines and embarrassing clunkers.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

succeeds in conveying the misery that always results when people try to hide their true selves to impress others.

September 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

It does a fair job and director Shore elicits a solid performance by Silverstone.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Anchored by a touching lead performance by Silverstone.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source:

above the usual mundane coming of age genre films

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Get Real is essentially a conventional tale of forbidden young love that derives its emotional appeal from heartfelt performances by its young cast, particularly the charming Mr. Silverstone.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

When the film's poised tone and occasional staginess threaten to intrude on the moving, sincere, recognizably true drama, the fact that the source material comes from a recent work, not some 400-year-old play, keeps it real.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

It allows its kids to be themselves and to simply 'be' without judgment. That's an empowering enough message for any movie.

April 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Celebrates the right of every person to put forward his or her true self every day without reservation or hesitation.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Película inteligente que trata sobre amor y no sobre sexo, que muestra un lado poco conocido de la comunidad gay

March 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

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.
December 23, 2012
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!
February 27, 2011

Super Reviewer

Loved this film! It's hilarious.

This is on my sis's favorite movies list. Right, Wan!?
April 11, 2007
Leo L

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    1. Kevin: Oye, Carter! Not exactly an oil painting is she?
    2. 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.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (21 months ago)
    1. Linda: He's sex on legs.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (21 months ago)
    1. Jessica: Which piece are you learning?
    2. Wendy: Romeo, Romeo. Cover me in honey and suck it off with a straw.
    3. Jessica: What?
    4. Wendy: [Looking at John Dixon] God, he's perfect.
    5. Jessica: Fancy him, do you?
    6. Wendy: He can pass me his baton any day. [the rests of the girls giggles]
    – Submitted by Nhia T (21 months ago)
    1. John Dixon: What time your parents due back?
    2. Steven Carter: [from down stairs] Oh their back. They're down here with me.
    3. John Dixon: [fumbles to get his pants on] Shit! Shit! Shit ! Shit!
    4. Steven Carter: Mum says if you make an honest man out of me, she'll help me choose the curtains.
    5. John Dixon: [sighs in relief] Wanker! You wanker!
    – Submitted by Nhia T (21 months ago)
    1. Linda: Kevin Granger, he thinks just because he's got a prick that he's God's gift to women-kind!
    – Submitted by Nhia T (21 months ago)
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