Great movie, punk and 80’s style runs rampant. An interesting note for those who may have heard of Cedar Point the amusement park near Sandusky, Ohio. The movie was partially filmed there, the teens have summer jobs in the park in the 80’s. Brought back wonderful memories to me, I grew up going there every summer. It was also an all around beautiful and touching movie showing the struggle of growing up knowing you are different. And not quite knowing how or why or where to go next until you meet someone also different. It gives the individuals inside us all encouragement to be well… an individual. It’s being able to be yourself.
I honestly did not think I would like this movie. Something about the fact that it was based in the eighties made me a little edgy about seeing it. But I was actually pleasantly surprised.Chris Stafford, who I would very much like to see in bigger roles, presented an incredible portrayal of a young man struggling with his sexuality in a very bias environment. Not only did I enjoy the way his character gradually came out of his shell and embraced this part about him that he had tried so hard to deny for so long but I was just so entranced and surprised by his performance throughout the film.Anderson Gabrych as Rod was equally amazing. I was a little put off by him at first and I was extremely wary of that stereotypical gay he seemed to be at first introduction but I really enjoyed his performance, as well. And Tina Holmes was wonderful as Eric’s best friend and her difficulty with the fact that the man she was in love with didn’t love her that way was incredibly believable.I enjoyed ea…
Brilliantly thought-out… I can tell you what any character is thinking at any point in the movie. Not that it’s so simple and obvious, in fact there are several things that I missed the first (and second) time through. What I’m getting at, is that the dialogue and the emotions are realistically written and perfectly performed.Shot on-location in Sandusky, this film gives plenty of opportunities for an Ohioan like me to say "I’ve been there!" and adds another dimension of realism. The only thing about the movie that disappointed me was that so many things were left uncertain at the end; but maybe the point is supposed to be that a "coming-of-age" story is never really finished.