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Whole New Thing (2006)

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Critic Consensus: The tender little moments of adolescence are beautifully captured in this warm and modest coming-of-age drama.

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A precocious teenage genius is suddenly forced to adapt to the real world, while the real world around him is having some growing pains of its own in this independent comedy drama from Canada. Emerson Thorsen (Aaron Webber) is an exceptionally talented and intelligent 13-year-old who has been raised and educated by his free-thinking parents ,Rog (Robert Joy) and Kaya (Rebecca Jenkins). While Emerson is clever, witty, and has recently written his first novel, he doesn't seem to have very good socialization skills when he spends time with others, and as he enters adolescence, Rog and Kaya decide to enroll him in public school so he can learn how to function with others (as well as patching up some gaps in his education). While most of Emerson's teachers are happy to have him in class, his ambiguous sexuality and tart intellectualism make him an immediate target for bullies in his small Nova Scotia town. Emerson's English teacher, Don Grant (Daniel MacIvor), has a bigger problem than most with his new student -- Emerson becomes quite infatuated with Don, and isn't at all shy about expressing his attraction, while the closeted Don is torn between a desire to return his advances and the knowledge that he'd be throwing away his career in education if he even acknowledged them. Whole New Thing received its world premier at the 2004 Toronto Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Amnon Buchbinder, Daniel MacIvor
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 31, 2007
Runtime:
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Cast

Aaron Webber
as Emerson
Kathryn MacLellan
as Ms. McPherson
Lisa Lelliott
as Massage Guest
Marguerite McNeil
as Don's Mother
Linda Busby
as Mrs. Colley
Brian Heighton
as Office Man
Dylan Aucoin
as School Kid
Alexandra Ashley
as School Kid
Caleb Buchbinder
as School Kid
Leah Cunningham
as School Kid
Toni Grossett
as School Kid
Bruce Murphy
as School Kid
Branden O'Brien
as School Kid
Colin Rogers
as School Kid
Terry Coolen
as Washroom Man
Darcy Lindzon
as Washroom Man
Dennis Brown
as Teacher
Susan Bone
as Potluck Guest
Peter M. Davison
as Potluck Guest
Armand H. Grenier
as Potluck Guest
Don Himmelman
as Potluck Guest
Sally Lawrence
as Potluck Guest
Rob Moir
as Potluck Guest
Grace McKnight
as Potluck Guest
Paul Newton
as Potluck Guest
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Critic Reviews for Whole New Thing

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (12)

The movie is both amusing and disturbing as it explores Emerson's lurching efforts to bond with his teacher.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

These knots are all tied by the end, but not memorably so.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

This wry, tender 2005 Canadian comedy puts a fresh spin on the theme of adolescent sexual awakening.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A gentle, perceptive Canadian film.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

... promises slightly more than it delivers but still comes together nicely.

Full Review… | April 9, 2007
Newsday
Top Critic

... well-intentioned but underwhelming ...

Full Review… | April 7, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Whole New Thing

½

Messed up muddle of a film.

jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

I'm afraid that this didn't do much for me. The uber intelligent 13 year old dealing with angst etc. Seen it a million times before and this isn't one of the better stories to tell.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

A very touching coming-of-age story about a Canadian teenager who, having been raised by aging hippies, has no concept of real-world boundaries. When his parents take him out of home school and enroll him in a regular middle school, he becomes infatuated with his teacher and has trouble fitting in among the other students. It would seem as if this were cliche, but it manages to be something utterly new, and fits the title.

Fenris U.
Fenris Ulf

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