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Late Bloomers (1997)

Late Bloomers




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Two women have a sudden and unexpected revelation about their sexuality -- and each other -- in this bittersweet comedy-drama. Dinah (Connie Nelson) is a math teacher and girl's basketball coach at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, a public school in a straight-laced Texas community. Dinah is in her early 40s and has settled comfortably, if grudgingly, into single life, while Carly (Dee Hennigan), who works as a secretary at the school, is about the same age and stuck in an unsatisfying relationship with Ron (Gary Carter), who is also on the school's staff as an algebra instructor. Dinah and Carly have known each other casually for some time and never gave each other much thought, until one day, when Carly hears a rumor that Dinah is having an affair with Ron. Carly confronts Dinah after basketball practice, and Dinah assures her that there's no truth to the gossip and then offers to teach her the fine points of the game. The two women sense something is in the air, and when they impulsively kiss, it finally dawns on them that they're attracted to each other. Before long, Carly decides to leave Ron, and she and Dinah go public with their romance. The reaction, however, is anything but charitable; both women become the subject of a wave of gossip and mean-spirited jokes, and after a highly contentious PTA meeting, they loose their jobs (which is bad news for the principle, since Dinah's team was on a winning streak). While Carly's young son is puzzled but accepting of his mother's decision, her teenage daughter Val (Lisa Peterson), still coming to terms with her feelings about boys, is confused and alienated by her mother's new lifestyle, and all the more upset when her boyfriend Jamie (Esteban Powell) breaks up with her in the wake of the flap over Carly's decision. Dinah, meanwhile, has to deal with the unwelcome attentions of male members of the faculty who want to "convert" her back to heterosexuality. Dee Hennigan has also appeared as a member of the stock company on the popular children's television show Wishbone.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Julia Dyer, Gretchen Dyer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 1, 2003
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Connie Nelson
as Dinah Groshardt
Dee Hennigan
as Carly Lumpkin
Gary Carter
as Rom Lumpkin
Esteban Powell
as Val's Boyfriend
Joe Nemmers
as Rick Musso
Ta Taylor
as Bill Boardway
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Critic Reviews for Late Bloomers

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

January 15, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

While it aims to be funny and charming in equal measure, this drama about coping with the inevitable restraints and realities of getting older, trips up on its good intentions

Full Review… | February 21, 2012
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Late Bloomers

Limning a love affair between two Middle American women and its impact on the high school where both work, "Late Bloomers" is an eager-to-please comedy longer on good intentions and indie chutzpah than originality or insight.

Dull, boring, lame, annoying. I didn't finish it because I just couldn't watch anymore.
*God, please make it stop!*

Sunny Sarah Di Angeli

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