Edge of Seventeen (1999)



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The year is 1984. The music is Boy George and the Bronski Beat. Eric and his best friend, Maggie, are on the edge of seventeen and donning matching polyester uniforms for their summer amusement-park cafeteria jobs in small-town Sandusky, Ohio. They learn the fine art of dishing up rib-chick combos and tater logs from their brassy boss, Angie. Maggie develops a special twinkle in her eye for Eric. Everything hums along until Eric see Rod, a gorgeous hunk with dreamy blue eyes, bussing tables. No one knows Eric is gay. Not Maggie. Not his mother. Not even Eric himself, really. In this refreshingly honest and exceptionally crafted first feature, the conflicts and confusions of teenage sexuality are a perfect match for the equally conflicted and confused 1980s. With a distinct sense of place and amazing performances by Chris Stafford, Tina Holmes, and Lea DeLaria, Edge of Seventeen is a remarkable achievement: a coming-of-age story that is sentimental without being cutsie, a powerful portrait of a family dealing with undesirable change, and an uncompromising depiction of the complexities of sexual experience, ranging from the heady romance of a first kiss to the messy realities of adult sex. A musical score by Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins completes the film's dead-on portrait of the mideighties, complete with eyeliner, two-toned hair, and skinny ties. Edge of Seventeen is a must-see for all of us who survived the fashion disaster known as "the eighties."
R (adult situations)
Comedy , Drama
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Tina Holmes
as Maggie
Lea DeLaria
as Angie
John Eby
as Dad
Jeff Fryer
as Jonathan
Mark Gates
as Foodtown
Stevie Reese Desmond
as Ruby Rogers
Steve Reese Desmond
as Ruby Rogers
Barbie Marie
as Frieda
Craig H. Shepherd
as Irate Customer
Doug Millon
as Security Guard
Justin Leach
as Tall Blond Guy
Jeffrey Abramson
as Dan McAllister
Jeff Abramson
as Dan McAllister
Don Mitri
as Teacher
Mike Roth
as Wrestling Jock
Adam Penton
as Joe Plonsky Jr.
Tal Ben-David
as Waitress
Dina Anderson
as Bitchy Girl
Karen Brooks
as Bitchy Girl
Shannon Constantine
as Bitchy Girl
Edd Martin
as Drag Queen
Gregg Long
as Mr. Johnson
Ryan Florio
as Randy
as Marlene Dicktrick
Dominic Carrion
as Miss Anita Mann
Jesse Adams
as Drag Atrocity
Joshua Elrod
as Rod's Roommate
Sallyanne Law
as Grubber
Sally Law
as Grubber
as As Herself
Twiggy Lawson
as Marlene Dicktrick
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Critic Reviews for Edge of Seventeen

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

This film deals honestly with the difficulties of coming out in high school.

August 15, 2002

Has a winning empathy and observant sense of the Midwestern locale which bring freshness to a tale that's been told many a time before.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

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Entertainment Weekly
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June 29, 2005

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January 3, 2003
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Full Review… | April 5, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Edge of Seventeen


Edge of Seventeen is a heart-felt film that deals honestly with the "coming-out" process that millions of teens have had to bear through the years. A shining example of how to emphatically deal with gay/lesbian issues without cheapening them the way other gay dramas have done before.

Spencer E
Spencer E

This movie perfectly captured a more realistic coming out story. Unlike most gay dramas, were everything turns out perfect in the end, you see the truth behind what some people have to go through when coming out. Although the ending was abrupt and leaving questions unanswered, it was still an overall great movie.

Ryan Phipps
Ryan Phipps

I'm a huge fan of gay romance (no idea why, I can't stand straight romance), but I didn't particularly like it. The acting was fine, and there was awesome music (Yazoo, Bronski Beat etc = yay), but it was just boring.

Lauren Donis
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