Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. United Kingdom, 1998. Arts Council of England, British Screen Productions, Distant Horizon, Graphite Film Production. Screenplay by Patrick Wilde, based on his play What’s Wrong With Angry. Cinematography by Alan Almond. Produced by Stephen Taylor. Music by John Lunn. Production Design by Bernd Lepel. Costume Design by Bernd Lepel. Film Editing by Barrie Vince. Toronto International Film Festival 1998.
Precious little British comedy about Stephen, a self-confident high schooler who is on the cusp of coming out to everybody. John, the boy he’s got a big crush on, is the high school sports star and not someone likely to be interested, until an accidental encounter while cottaging (look it up if you need to) has the two eventually hooking up and growing very attached to each other. Stephen isn’t afraid of his feelings for John, but will John be able to overcome his status as popular jock and his overly ambitious parents and stick it all out to be with Stephen? Growing pains are presented lovingly and with a healthy dollop of wisdom, plus a charming subplot involving Stephen’s best friend.