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.



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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

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  • 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
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Audience Reviews for Were the World Mine

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 Johnston
Thomas Johnston

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Whimsical musical about a student who, inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, whips up a magical potion from a flower that causes people to fall in love as he does. Although it occasionally wanders into camp territory, film remains a memorable variation on the bard's classic. Earnest indie preaching acceptance, is underscored by a charismatic cast and lush musical numbers, beautifully sung. Together they highlight this original and frequently winning film.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

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Different to say the least, musical modern updating of A Midsummer Night's Dream with a gay twist, is enjoyable in parts but tries too hard for whimsy instead of being naturally whimsical.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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A juvenile fantasy of mediocrity. William S would be ashamed However I did get to meet Wendy Robie from Twin Peaks at the premiere, so that was pretty cool.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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