"Get Real" is a simple yet sweet tale of suppressed teenage love. 16-year-old Stephen (Ben Silverstone) has known he was gay since he was eleven, and satisfies his hidden urges by meeting men at a discreet park public toilet. However, after a misunderstanding of identity in the toilet cubicles, school sporting stud John (Brad Gorton) accidently reveals that he is curious about men. Stephen instantly falls for John, where as John is still confused and scared about his feeling and what they mean. Stephen helps John through the pain and they develop an intimate and secret relationship.
We witness Stephen's pain of wanting to be with John at all times while John wants to keeps their feelings under wraps and won't even look at Stephen at school.
Also this film is very domestic and low-key, it perfectly portrays to the audience the struggle that many teenagers feel when attempting to please your family and friends and lying to yourself simultaneously. Therefore I think many people will be able to relate to this film and perhaps gain some confidence from its messages.
Throughout the film we are reminded of the pressures of society to conform and to be "normal," with John calling Stephen "dodgy" when he finds out that he is gay; furthermore John's reaction to almost being caught kissing Stephen reveals just what teen etiquette expects. I feel this film slightly clings to the cliché of the supporting mother and distant and naive father; they should have made him more conscientious to add some originality to the mix. The climax of the film is extremely cathartic, and due to Silverstone's convincing performance we really feel the happiness of the truth being out, and also the fear of what the consequences may be.