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Edge of Seventeen
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by Thom

"Reclaim the gay version of your adolesence"
5 stars

Eric (Chris Stafford) leaps out of the closet with panache. During the summer break before 12th grade, Chris works at a local amusement park and finds out that rollercoasters aren't the only thrill ride. Embarassingly accurate new wave rebellion color this gay coming of age tale.

It makes perfect sense to have a story about rebelling against social expectations set in the mid 1980's during the post-punk "new wave" period that generated so much of the "alternative" music scene and the posturing lollapalooza lifestyle of the 1990's.

Eric meets his first real gay boyfriend and slowly but surely Eric mutates from awkward suburban high-school naif to worldy-wise flamboyant gay male who still has to return to school for that last dreaded year in the fear factory. And he does it to spite everyone who wants to deny his sexuality.

This film gives many gay men what they never had. An adolesence of sexual exploration and validation unless you count the furtive few moments with your decidedly straight friends before 10th grade when everyone got girlfriends and you still quietly ached for your best friends touch.

Well ache no more, homo-boy. Its hard enough to be a grown man when you missed out on all the rituals and conditioning of heterosexuality during those early years. Let this movie take you back into your memory and reclaim your personal gay history.

Okay, so its not all that therapeutic, but what the hell, may as well get more of it than a stiffy.

Along with Eric's coming of age and coming out, he steps into the then subvervise gay underground club scene where all types mixed freely outside of the closed-minded and repressive atmosphere of the suburbs. This is the other side of the Top 40 mall world of America.

As if having a Bronski Beat record wasn't enough of a clue. Hello, Mother, I have something to tell you. Yes, I know you remember it too, doll.

Lea DeLaria, Lesbian comic, plays the mothering dyke with a heart of gold. You know you met her once and she understood all about what you were going through.

Edge of Seventeen is more than a sappy teen romance. Its a sappy teen GAY romance. John Hughes should have done us all a favor and made this movie when I was in high school in the 80's.

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6/12/18 nobuo810 This is the definitive coming out story film! One of my favorites! 5 stars
12/07/03 Cassandra Great movie! I've watched it numerous times. 5 stars
6/23/01 . . 5 stars
4/04/01 Taylor Donovan True-to-life, great depiction of coming out and all the follows it. 5 stars
2/20/01 will it was a great film never seen anything like it, i love it. Love Andesen Gabrych hottie 5 stars
10/18/00 Evie Wonderful, poignant, hilarious, satisfying 5 stars
9/09/00 neilb nice coming out/coming of age story. THe 8os sucked! 4 stars
9/27/99 Tracy Colavito Awesome movie. Totally loved it. 5 stars
9/25/99 J Wolf Realistic movie!!! 5 stars
8/18/99 Rodney Duke Can't Wait To Own It. Excellent 5 stars
8/14/99 Godot64 I came out in 1984, I was (yes) 17. I realy related. 4 stars
8/10/99 Renny Glover great cast ...very authentic 5 stars
6/23/99 Brenna Young I love this film 5 stars
6/12/99 Mr Showbiz The best gay coming-of-ager EVER. 5 stars
6/12/99 Daniel One of the Best since Beautiful Thing. Great Chris Stafford and a very good story 5 stars
5/29/99 Joe Outstanding film... BRAVO 5 stars
5/28/99 Aaron A good gay coming-of-age story 4 stars
5/26/99 Jason Made me wistful and sad and nostalgic and homesick in the best way. 5 stars
5/22/99 i love indi films!! loved it, heart warming 5 stars
5/19/99 Mr Newsgroup an exceptional film: honestly written, very well-acted, beautifully filmed. 4 stars
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Directed by
  David Moreton

Written by

  Chris Stafford
  Tina Holmes
  Andersen Gabrych
  Lea DeLaria
  John Eby

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