(out of 5)
A lonely gay teenager at an all-boys’ prep school is encouraged by his enchanting English teacher to audition for their annual theatrical production and lands the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Art spills into real life when he creates his own magic love potion and sprinkles it on the eyes of the star jock with whom he has been smitten for some time. Then it gets out of control as he spreads the Spanish Fly on just about everyone in the town, creating a mad little hamlet of amorous lovers abandoning spouses and turning to same-sex adoration for each other before having their folly revealed at the actual performance of the play. This sweet helping of irony-free romantic comedy features a lovely musical score that creates some truly magical moments in between scenes of very well acted teen angst (except for that dreadful Alternative Rock interpretation of Pyramus And Thisbe in the conclusion, THAT has to go). Rather than concern itself with the typical plot of gay coming-out stories and the drama they create, it exists in a world of half-dream that is augmented by the lovely music. Wendy Robie is marvelous as the supervising teacher, while Judy McLane holds solid dramatic ground as our hero’s increasingly sympathetic mother.
Directed by Thomas Gustafson
Cinematography by Kira Kelly
Production Design by Cory Krueckeberg
Costume Design by Elizabeth Wislar
Film Editing by Jennifer Lilly