Tru Loved (2008)

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Uprooted from her comfortable San Francisco home and transplanted to a generic Southern California suburb by her two well-meaning moms, open-minded high-school sophomore Tru despairs at being surrounded by close-minded football players and air-headed Paris Hilton wannabes until she gets the idea to combat small-town intolerance by co-founding a local chapter of the Gay-Straight Alliance. Life in her new town isn't easy, so in order to fend off boredom, Tru frequently escapes into fantasy. But whether she's retreating into a picture-perfect, Leave It to Beaver-style household with two mothers and two fathers or dancing in the streets West Side Story-style, Tru's depressive new surroundings always remain the same once she's snapped back to reality. When the star quarterback at her new high school begins paying special attention to Tru, her initial elation is soon tempered by the revelation that he's actually just another closet case in search of a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Though Tru is at first frustrated by the prospect of putting on a false front in order to protect the athlete's true sexuality, she decides to address the homophobic attitudes of her new classmates directly by opening a local chapter of the Gay-Straight Alliance. As the movement begins to gain steam, however, Tru is forced to reconcile her unguarded position on sexual orientation with the private pledge she has made to her closeted classmate.

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (11)

The world is not quite as nicely rainbow-hued as the film wishes it were at the end, but, if nothing else, Tru Loved makes us hope all the more that it can be one day.

Oct 31, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This plodding plea for tolerance would barely pass muster as an after-school special.

Oct 24, 2008

Too bad it's not better, because in many ways it's a coming-out movie with a difference.

Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/4

Content, bolstered by some solid performances, triumphs over form: The film is engaging, timely and courageous.

Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Worthless drivel for the gay-lesbian market.

Oct 20, 2008 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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An entertaining tolerance lesson targeted at teens.

Oct 18, 2008
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