Whole New Thing

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The tender little moments of adolescence are beautifully captured in this warm and modest coming-of-age drama.

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Socially isolated by his parents (Rebecca Jenkins, Robert Joy), an androgynous teen (Aaron Webber) enrolls in high school and develops a crush on his male teacher (Daniel MacIvor).

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Critic Reviews for Whole New Thing

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (9)

  • The movie is both amusing and disturbing as it explores Emerson's lurching efforts to bond with his teacher.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • These knots are all tied by the end, but not memorably so.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This wry, tender 2005 Canadian comedy puts a fresh spin on the theme of adolescent sexual awakening.

    May 4, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A gentle, perceptive Canadian film.

    May 4, 2007 | Full Review…
  • ... promises slightly more than it delivers but still comes together nicely.

    April 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • With its narcissistic, not-as- sharp-as- he-thinks- he-is juvenile hero and weird approach to bridging the generation gap, Whole New Thing plays a lot like Wes Anderson's Rushmore, only sober instead of whimsical.

    April 7, 2007 | Rating: B

Audience Reviews for Whole New Thing

  • Jan 09, 2013
    I'm afraid that this didn't do much for me. The uber intelligent 13 year old dealing with angst etc. Seen it a million times before and this isn't one of the better stories to tell.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2008
    Messed up muddle of a film.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2006
    Such a well-rounded cute film.
    Stevie S Super Reviewer

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