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Get Real (1999)

Get Real



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

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Ben Silverstone
as Steven Carter
Brad Gorton
as John Dixon
Stacy Hart
as Jessica
Louise J. Taylor
as Christina Lindmann
James Perkins
as Young Steve
Nicholas Hunter
as Young Mark
Jacquetta May
as Steven's Mother
David Lumsden
as Steven's Father
Linda's Brother
as Morgan Jones
Morgan Jones
as Linda's Brother
Richard Hawley
as English Teacher
Steven Mason
as Cruising Man
Charlotte Hanson
as Glen's Wife
Alina Hazeldine
as Crying Baby
Steven Elder
as Bob, the Driving Ins...
Leonie Thomas
as Aunt at Wedding
David Paul West
as Bridegroom
Andy Rashleigh
as Policeman
Ian Brimble
as John's Father
Judy Buxton
as John's Mother
Dorothy Clark
as Woman Driving Instru...
Martin Milman
as Headmaster
Andy Tungate
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

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.
– Submitted by Nhia T (3 years ago)
Linda: He's sex on legs.
– Submitted by Nhia T (3 years ago)
Jessica: Which piece are you learning?
Wendy: Romeo, Romeo. Cover me in honey and suck it off with a straw.
Jessica: What?
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]
– Submitted by Nhia T (3 years ago)
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!
– Submitted by Nhia T (3 years ago)

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