Were the World Mine (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Were the World Mine (2008)



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A color drenched, winning musical film-fantasy of a struggling gay teen, Timothy, whose spirit soars when his eccentric teacher casts him as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. After magically discovering the play's love-potion, Timothy puckishly begins to turn his closed-minded town gay - including casting a love spell on the town's stunning jock - with hilarious and unexpected results. After he reluctantly restores the town's free will, he is amazed with the surprising results. If you could magically make someone love you, would you?more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By: ,
Written By: Thomas Gustafson, Tom Gustafson, Cory James Krueckeberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 9, 2009
Wolfe Releasing - Official Site


Tanner Cohen
as Timothy
Wendy Robie
as Ms. Tebbit
Christian Stolte
as Coach Driskill
David Darlow
as Dr. Bellinger
Peggy Roeder
as Cole's Mother
Ora Jones
as Mrs. Boyd
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Critic Reviews for Were the World Mine

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (15)

This high school reworking of A Midsummer Night's Dream never really takes flight, but neither is it the preening misfire the first half promises.

Full Review… | February 12, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Were the World Mine gets by on sheer charm -- and on Gustafson's inventive direction, Kira Kelly's elegant cinematography and co-screenwriter Cory James Krueckeberg's whimsical production design, which works wonders on a limited budget.

Full Review… | January 29, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Were the World Mine is seriously uneven. If it displays considerable imagination and creativity, it also lapses too often into smug, campy silliness.

Full Review… | December 12, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Editorial Review Writer-producer-director Tom Gustafson's musical fantasy Were the World Mine, based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is mostly delightful.

Full Review… | December 12, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

A diverting Chicago-made export, director and co-writer Tom Gustafson's gay fantasia on Shakespearean themes is set in a socially stratified private school ruled by the rugby jocks but about to be sent into a tizzy thanks to the magic of Shakespeare.

Full Review… | December 12, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

When the film narrows its focus from big questions addressed through overly broad strokes and instead zooms in on one-on-one interactions and the emotional power of a well-made musical sequence, it taps into a winning sweetness and poignancy.

Full Review… | December 11, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Were the World Mine


A production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Nights Dream" wakes a town from their prejudices! Tanner Cohen performs outstandingly! Too bad there is too much "art" for the closed-minded conservatives that would learn and benefit from this movie most! lol Fun movie!

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


Whimsical musical about a student who, inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, whips up a magical potion from a flower that causes people to fall in love as he does. Although it occasionally wanders into camp territory, film remains a memorable variation on the bard's classic. Earnest indie preaching acceptance, is underscored by a charismatic cast and lush musical numbers, beautifully sung. Together they highlight this original and frequently winning film.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

Different to say the least, musical modern updating of A Midsummer Night's Dream with a gay twist, is enjoyable in parts but tries too hard for whimsy instead of being naturally whimsical.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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