Edge of Seventeen (1998)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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A teenager copes with his sexuality on the last day of school in 1984. It shows him coping with being gay and being with friends.


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  • Andersen Gabrych and Chris Stafford in Edge of Seventeen (1998)
  • Andersen Gabrych and Chris Stafford in Edge of Seventeen (1998)
  • Andersen Gabrych and Chris Stafford in Edge of Seventeen (1998)
  • Edge of Seventeen (1998)
  • Andersen Gabrych and Chris Stafford in Edge of Seventeen (1998)
  • Andersen Gabrych and Chris Stafford in Edge of Seventeen (1998)

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29 July 2000 | NJMoon
Living on the EDGE
EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is by far the more realistic and enjoyable "coming of age/coming out" films to hit cinemas in a while. On a thematic par with the Brit import GET REAL, this film touches on the reality of coming of age in 1984 mid-America, though I suspect it is pretty much the same in any American suburb. The competition must discount Britain's BEAUTIFUL THING which is really an out and out romance. But it beats the cardboard contrivances of DEFYING GRAVITY, a collegiate scenario of similar ilk.

The awkward flirty moments building up to the first boy/boy coupling have an air of sexy familiarity. Film's presumption that "all some guys want is sex" is (unfortunately) dead on real. Chris Stafford plays the leading teen with immense charm. We'll see more from Stafford, surely. His studly co-star is suitably entrancing and is fine to look from the back during their love scenes. We certainly understand why our hero falls for this college-age cad.

Naturally there's a gal pal, too, who here is underplayed nicely but a little too Winona-like for comfort. Broadway uber-dyke Lea DeLaria is onboard for yuks but is just a little too odd and urban to blend in a Sandusky supermarket. Gay men will get teary as Stafford fesses up to Mom that he's queer. Film's only flaw is some obviously clipped editing. At least two scenes are confusing in continuity leading us to wonder whahappened???

But EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is a winner. Gay or straight, first love and coming of age are themes that hit home.

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Release Date:

20 April 2000

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,302 2 May 1999

Gross USA:

$871,759

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$871,759

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