Were the World Mine


Were the World Mine

Critics Consensus

Charming, endearing, and a little clunky, Were the World Mine is an entertaining, if somewhat unnecessary, musical adaptation.



Total Count: 23


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Movie Info

A color drenched, winning musical film-fantasy of a struggling gay teen, Timothy, whose spirit soars when his eccentric teacher casts him as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. After magically discovering the play's love-potion, Timothy puckishly begins to turn his closed-minded town gay - including casting a love spell on the town's stunning jock - with hilarious and unexpected results. After he reluctantly restores the town's free will, he is amazed with the surprising results. If you could magically make someone love you, would you?

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Critic Reviews for Were the World Mine

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (14)

  • Were the World Mine gets by on sheer charm -- and on Gustafson's inventive direction, Kira Kelly's elegant cinematography and co-screenwriter Cory James Krueckeberg's whimsical production design, which works wonders on a limited budget.

    Jan 29, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • Were the World Mine is seriously uneven. If it displays considerable imagination and creativity, it also lapses too often into smug, campy silliness.

    Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Editorial Review Writer-producer-director Tom Gustafson's musical fantasy Were the World Mine, based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is mostly delightful.

    Dec 12, 2008 | Full Review…
  • A diverting Chicago-made export, director and co-writer Tom Gustafson's gay fantasia on Shakespearean themes is set in a socially stratified private school ruled by the rugby jocks but about to be sent into a tizzy thanks to the magic of Shakespeare.

    Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • When the film narrows its focus from big questions addressed through overly broad strokes and instead zooms in on one-on-one interactions and the emotional power of a well-made musical sequence, it taps into a winning sweetness and poignancy.

    Dec 11, 2008 | Full Review…
  • There are times when it is safe to say that a labor of love is love's labor lost, and, reader, this is one of them.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Were the World Mine

  • May 21, 2012
    First of all, this is a really clever film, why wouldn't someone try to make a love potion? This is one of the sweetest independent film I've seen, the numbers were really good, sung by talented cast. Secondly, the acting by Wendy Robie saved the entire film, without her this would be another cheap looking film, but she really proved her acting ability. The gay guys couldn't act straight, that's I am saying. I am sure we've all learnt something today. Clap your hands if we'd be friends.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2011
    A production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Nights Dream" wakes a town from their prejudices! Tanner Cohen performs outstandingly! Too bad there is too much "art" for the closed-minded conservatives that would learn and benefit from this movie most! lol Fun movie!
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2009
    Kinda reminded me of a gayer version of A Dirty Shame but a little smarter and more enjoyable.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2009
    The lead guy (I forgot to check his name) is an excellent protagonist, very talented actor, and it's also fantastic to see Wendy Robie (without her eye-patch), the songs are good and its a very creative movie; I just hate how they have to make it look like the guy and his mother moved to the only town where no one has ever seen a gay guy because, of course, being a movie with a gay theme they have to treat like it was some Very Special Episode where everyone reacts to the news dramatically and then comes to terms with it by the end. I really hate that.
    Quinto W Super Reviewer

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