Edge Of Seventeen (1998)


(out of 5)

Touching and honest film about the coming-of-age of a teenager awakening to his sexuality. ‘s performance is the main attraction to this sometimes awkwardly produced indie as Eric, a restaurant employee at an amusement park over the summer who befriends and is gradually enamored of Rod, another boy working there. This proves somewhat awkward for Maggie, his best friend who is hoping at any moment to become his girlfriend. Eric has a brief fling with Rod, expecting to have a boyfriend but instead finding himself being catapulted into a new life as a gay man in the stark Midwest. He starts living up his hairstyle and wardrobe, hanging out in gay bars, and making new friends, but what he’s going to tell his loving but conservative parents is a real tough question. has a great supporting role as the lesbian mother-hen who comforts Eric after his scariest moments, but even she cannot keep him from undergoing some really painful experiences that will be excruciating for audience members who remember being that age.  also makes a wonderful screen debut as Eric’s loving but confused mother. This one’s raggediness might be a little off-putting for some, but it’s a worthy little heartwarmer all the same.

Blue Streak Films, Luna Pictures

USA, 1998

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by 

Film Editing by

Independent Spirit Awards 1999.


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