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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.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Jake Abel
as Trevor
Tye Olson
as Walter
Jane Lynch
as Ms. Maple
Alec Mapa
as Mr. Bushnell
Jasmine Guy
as Cynthia
David Kopay
as Himself
Nichelle Nichols
as Lo's Grandmother
Bruce Vilanch
as Daniel
Marcia Wallace
as Mrs. Lewis
Elaine Hendrix
as Mrs. Muller
Ellie Gerber
as Rhonda
Vernon Wells
as Coach Wesley
Jenn Shagrin
as Adrienne
Shani Pride
as Tiffany
Jennifer Riker
as Nurse Bette
Tony Brown
as Principal Velasquez
Scott Presley
as Belle Aire
Bryan Erickson
as Roberto
Morgan Early
as Punk Girl
Jay Costelo
as Pierced Guy
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Critic Reviews for Tru Loved

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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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

October 24, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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

October 24, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Worthless drivel for the gay-lesbian market.

Full Review… | October 20, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An entertaining tolerance lesson targeted at teens.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tru Loved

½

Between a 4/10 and 5/10, the movie is crummy on several levels, yet its desire to help make the world more loving and tolerant is so pure-hearted that criticizing it seems almost mean-spirited.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Terrific movie! Just heard it's coming out on DVD - AT LAST (I've been waiting), 22 December 2009 10/10 Author: niki-masterson from United States I saw this a year or so ago and it was great. I've mentioned it to many friends and we've been watching for it in theaters or on DVD ever since. I understand it is coming out on DVD in January 2010. I wish it had been released before Christmas, I'd have given copies to my friends as gifts. Seeing it in the theater was great because the audience reaction was fun and infectious. There was so much out loud laughing and other reactions that it made it comfortable to do so myself. Everyone around me seemed to enjoy it as much as I did. It was funny and sad and instructive and - I think, an important movie for people to see; especially in these times. I recommend it highly. See it. You'll be glad you did.

niki m
niki m

I saw "Tru Loved" at Outfest, and the audience LOVED it. If you're looking for dark and edgy angst, you will NOT find it here, and that's one of the reasons I'm a big fan of this movie. It manages to be light-hearted even when handling serious subjects, and funny, too (funny enough I missed some of the dialogue because of all the laughter). I've heard it described as "High School, but with a happy ending" and that seems apt. The cast ROCKS this movie, especially the lead, Najarra Townsend -- I expect to see a lot more of her. And what fun to see Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek's Lt. Uhura) on the big screen! This film isn't for those who are determined cynics, as they're unlikely to be open-hearted enough to let this movie speak to them, but for everyone else -- those who enjoy knowing there's still a little idealism possible in the world -- the intelligence and hope and humor will leave you smiling.

Dena Harman
Dena Harman

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