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An engaging slice of life drama that happens to double as a gay coming-of-age story, Beautiful Thing captures its place and time with deceptive depth and skill. Read critic reviews

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Shy Jamie (Glen Berry) and athletic Ste (Scott Neal) are teen boys who live near each other in the London projects. Both boys think they could be gay, and finally explore their feelings when Ste is allowed to stay over at Jamie's place after an incident with his abusive father. There, the boys grow close and open themselves up to the idea of homosexuality, while Jamie's caring mother, Sandra (Linda Henry), and quirky teen neighbor, Leah (Tameka Empson), offer much needed emotional support.

Cast & Crew

Linda Henry
Sandra Gangel
Glen Berry
Jamie Gangel
Scott Neal
Ste Pearce
Tameka Empson
Leah Russell
Anna Karen
Marlene
John Benfield
Rodney Barr
Daniel Bowers
Trevor Pearce
Garry Cooper
Ronnie Pearce
Dave Lynn
Drag Performer
Jonathan Harvey
Screenwriter
Chris Seager
Cinematographer
John Altman
Original Music
Mark Stevenson
Production Design
Pam Tait
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Critic Reviews for Beautiful Thing

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Audience Reviews for Beautiful Thing

  • May 31, 2016
    An unusually realistic British comedy about the teenage love between the shy Jamie and troubled Ste, they also need to deal with Jamie's nosy mum and their dysfunctional neighbour. It's really cute and natural which is why I really like the film. It was also really hilarious, but it was kinda sad to see the state of London in the 90s.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2015
    I'm going to hold off on providing a higher rating for this film which probably deserves it solely for the touching nature of the two leads and how they interact with one another. What loses the film points is unlikelihood of the eventual acceptance of the couple and a plodding side story that adds nothing to the central picture other than minutes.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2013
    For those who think the movie contains explicit gay sex scene, you can chill, it doesn't. Beautiful Thing shares the same artsy taste with Brokeback Mountain, and tells a humane & heart-wrenching tale of a gay theme coming-age love story between two teenagers against the backdrop of South London. 8/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    Touching film with quite capable actors. As an American, however, I must say that it was often difficult to follow the dialogue due to the thick accents and use of unfamiliar British slang. Despite this difficulty, I would recommend this movie highly to an American looking for a well-done, meaningful LGBT film.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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