50 Ways of Saying Fabulous (2006)

50 Ways of Saying Fabulous (2006)




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A boy has to decide just how far he's willing to go to maintain a new friendship in this offbeat coming of age-drama. Billy (Andrew Paterson) is a 12-year-old boy growing up in a farming community in New Zealand in the '70s. Billy's slight weight problem, his flamboyant personality, and his fondness for costume play has made him a target for bullies at his one-room school, and his only friend is Lou (Harriet Beattie), his tomboy cousin who prefers to play football with the boys and is dreading the onset of adolescence. As Billy resigns himself to his status as an outcast, he's assigned a new deskmate -- a new arrival in town named Roy (Jay Collins). Roy is a few years older than Billy, and takes an immediate liking to him; however, while Billy is a bit fuzzy about the practicalities of being gay (something he's accused of on a regular basis), Roy seems to have a good bit of practical knowledge of the subject and seems keen on pursuing a physical relationship with his new pal. As Billy is torn between happiness at having a new friend and confusion about Roy's level of interest in him, he discovers Roy is also attracted to Jamie (Michael Dorman), who has just hired on to work at the farm owned by Billy's dad. 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous was given its North American premier at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival.
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Michelle O'Brien
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Critic Reviews for 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous

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Full Review… | May 20, 2008
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The movie's insistently playful tone and cheesy fantasy sequences ultimately work against its ambitions, undermining a story that seethes with abuse and sexual obsession.

June 23, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | September 8, 2005
Toronto Star
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The disconnect between comedy and grim reality hurts the film.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007

Handsomely photographed but painfully fey.

Full Review… | February 28, 2007
Film Journal International

...yet another coming-of-age story...

Full Review… | December 29, 2006
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Audience Reviews for 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous

It wasn't the worst gay movie I've seen. It's also not a completely cookie cutter plot, it has a few interesting additions to the typical gay coming of age story. They characters are all flawed which I like... I imagine it's hard for most people to like them. I think the young actors captured the awkwardness very well of these isolated country kids who are different. My biggest complaint is that towards the end I kept wondering when it was going to end... it seemed a little unfocused at times. I also had a bit of difficulty understanding some of the accents. Overall, better than average gay film. It's nice to see things come out of New Zealand.

Stephen Bowers
Stephen Bowers

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