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Get Real (1999)



Critic Consensus: An authentic portrayal of homosexuality in high school, Get Real is an engaging dramedy that doesn't sermonize its audience nor trivialize its characters.

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Simon Shore manages the transition from television and documentary to feature filmmaking with great assurance in his debut, the captivating, gay comedy Get Real, based on Patrick Wilde's stage success, What's Wrong with Anger? Shore recounts an appealing tale of a teenaged schoolboy coming to grips with his emerging sexuality. Sixteen-year-old Steven is just another teenager: He listens to the latest music, plays computer games, hangs out with friends. But Steven has a secret: He's in love with the school's top athlete, the devastatingly handsome John Dixon. Not surprisingly, Dixon is dating a model and is the object of every girl's attention. Steven certainly can't tell his parents, and none of his friends know he's gay; he can only confide in his best pal, the overweight, feisty Linda, who wants a romance of her own. As if this weren't complicated enough, Steven discovers that one of the girls at school has developed a crush on him. And then Dixon notices Steven's attention. Shore and his cast of youngsters do a wonderful job of capturing the secret lives of his teenage characters. He penetrates the hearts and minds of people trying to understand their complex sexual yearnings, while compensating for the expectations of parents, friends, and society. Fresh, youthful, and invigorating, Get Real establishes its moving tone from the beginning and doesn't let go; it takes an incisive voyage into the world of a gay teenager trying to tell the world that there's nothing wrong with being in love.

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Ben Silverstone
as Steven Carter
Brad Gorton
as John Dixon
Stacy Hart
as Jessica
Louise J. Taylor
as Christina Lindmann
James Perkins
as Young Steve
Nicholas Hunter
as Young Mark
Jacquetta May
as Steven's Mother
David Lumsden
as Steven's Father
Linda's Brother
as Morgan Jones
Morgan Jones
as Linda's Brother
Richard Hawley
as English Teacher
Steven Mason
as Cruising Man
Charlotte Hanson
as Glen's Wife
Alina Hazeldine
as Crying Baby
Steven Elder
as Bob, the Driving Instructor
Leonie Thomas
as Aunt at Wedding
David Paul West
as Bridegroom
Andy Rashleigh
as Policeman
Ian Brimble
as John's Father
Judy Buxton
as John's Mother
Dorothy Clark
as Woman Driving Instructor
Martin Milman
as Headmaster
Andy Tungate
as Roger McGregor
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Critic Reviews for Get Real

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (17)

The strength of this agreeable comedy, directed by Simon Shore from a screenplay by Patrick Wilde, is that it makes even the tiniest sexual encounters seem emotionally momentous.

July 24, 2007 | Full Review…

Fresh, funny and thoroughly engaging.

July 24, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

An issue movie, a comedy, and a love story, this is pretty good at being all three.

July 24, 2007 | Full Review…

The film is grounded in genuine emotions and its knowing humour serves it well. I laughed like a drain.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

The movie bravely goes where too many other films have gone before.

February 21, 2004

When the film's poised tone and occasional staginess threaten to intrude on the moving, sincere, recognizably true drama, the fact that the source material comes from a recent work, not some 400-year-old play, keeps it real.

June 18, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Get Real


It's not perfect, but the film features an interesting plot and generally strong performances, especially from the lead character.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

This is a coming of age and coming out story, even though it is set in the U.K., is still close to something I relate to. Well written and acted. There is no drama for drama sake. Very accurate for real life gay teen experience - even down to the chubby friend-girl! I even thing from the point of the parents is well told. Great movie, a lot of fun and very lovable characters!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


Loved this film! It's hilarious. This is on my sis's favorite movies list. Right, Wan!?

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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