Were the World Mine
Were the World Mine
| 24 June 2008 (USA)
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If you had a love-potion, who would you make fall madly in love with you? Timothy, prone to escaping his dismal high school reality through dazzling musical daydreams, gets to answer that question in a very real way. After his eccentric teacher casts him as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, he stumbles upon a recipe hidden within the script to create the play's magical, purple love-pansy.

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Stometer

Save your money for something good and enjoyable

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Maidexpl

Entertaining from beginning to end, it maintains the spirit of the franchise while establishing it's own seal with a fun cast

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Suman Roberson

It's a movie as timely as it is provocative and amazingly, for much of its running time, it is weirdly funny.

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Logan

By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.

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rgcustomer

I was looking forward to this film, and I did ultimately enjoy it (and the actors in it... yum) but it let me down.One nitpick I had was one of the key lines in the trailer: "if you could make anyone love you, would you?". It wasn't delivered properly, nearly burying the "would you" words, which should have had the emphasis.I think the film went too far in suggesting the entire town could be turned gay. Who is this guy, Santa Claus? Nobody has that much time, not to mention flower-aiming accuracy.I would have: * not made it based on Shakespeare, particularly texts that I do not believe actually exist in Shakespeare... (do they?) * eliminated the manic drama teacher ... she was just creepy and unnecessary * delved more into the personalities of the other students. I'm certain we don't even learn most of their names, regardless of what the credits say. * followed up with the true gay love, once acknowledged. The viewers have earned this. Dammit, when are we going to get a good gay romance film (in any genre)? * pushed the envelope a bit. Guys are guys, and whether they are gay, or potion-gay, some aren't going to be making lovey-dovey eyes at each other for very long before moving on to the first few bases, if not home plate. * gone full musical. This was a film with music, but not a musical. It could have been...I think I still prefer Get Real or Beautiful Thing.Anyway, still a 7/10 is not a bad score, and I do recommend this film. But it does continue a trend of excellent gay shorts turning into merely average-to-good gay films (Dare being another recent example).

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mg501

Usually I resent anything that stereotypes homosexuals. I resent it even more when gays stereotype gays. As gay as this movie definitely is (fairies... guys wearing wings... rugby players doing pirouettes), I am -surprisingly enough- completely enamored with it. I am glad that I watched it, then watched it again, and... watched it again.There is something about this movie that moves past being just a story about fairies - literal and otherwise. Cohen has a strong and beautiful voice. Both he and Becker play their characters way beyond stereotypes. It didn't hurt to have them both be such total hot-ties, either.It's really too bad that so many people will be put-off by anything to do with same sex relationships. (BTW: this movie is about more than just that.) They are missing a film that inspires the audience to have the courage to be oneself and the courage to let go of what you love, because of that love, at the risk of losing it. -- 12/08/09 Before Puck (Cohen) sings "Sleep Sound" there is a brief moment when the viewer sees Cole's mother obviously disgruntled by her son's apparent homosexuality. She breaks into a gargantuan smile when Cole return to his heterosexual self. Many gays and lesbians live their entire life knowing that, when all is said and done, our parent's continue to feel that we have failed them by not (at least) pretending to be heterosexuals. When it comes to sexuality, it is not uncommon to find our parent's and our friends' love to be very conditional.

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robby_nau

This movie is a breath of fresh air. I am so pleased that this movie is part of the gay community's body of work. The movie begins (somewhat predictably) with a young (and adorable) gay teen who struggles with being out at school and within his small town. To cope with the pressures he often escapes into a musical daydream world. To the movie's {and the actors} credit, the music is delightful. I purchased the soundtrack BEFORE the movie was even finished. The movie goes on to see the main character cast in the lead role of the school play by a supportive teacher who turns out to be more than she seems. The drama continues as the young lead character is torn while trying to decide how to best use his new found "Love Potion". If you are considering getting this movie, DON'T HESITATE. I will leave the rest of the spoilers out. While the movie has some predictable moments. And as it is the director's and several of the actor's first movie there are times where I think it cold have been done "A BIT" better. However, it still ranks up there with my all time favorite movies. It captured my imagination and left me in awe. It is TRUE to Shakespeare as well as if the story is EXACTLY what Shakespeare had in mind. Masterfully done and highly recommended. I can't wait to see what this director and the actors bring us next!

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PTCfromDE

Were the World Mine is set in an all male private school where the entire senior class is required to participate in the senior play, a production of "A Midsummer Nights Dream"---even the members of the rugby team.But the events in the town start to take on a surreal gay twist, as the interactions of all the folks in the town start to mirror those in Shakespeare's original script.As you may know---the comedy of the Shakespeare play centers around a device where a fairy named Puck can sprinkle a magic elixir into someone's eyes, causing that person to fall madly in love with the first person they lay eyes on.Timothy, who is picked on by all the members of rugby team, and is playing Puck in the play, manages to get his hands on the elixir for real. But as in Shakepeare's version, not everything goes as planned.Along the way, there are lots of shirtless hot rugby players, and amazing singing.I saw this at the Santa Barbara GLBTQ film-festival and was captivated. After seeing the film, now when I play the clips of the trailer I get goose-bumps. During the film I was so transported into the world of the characters that I didn't even notice all the amazing cinematography that I see now in the trailer. The film seems to move effortlessly between realistic scenes and those that are surreal and fantastic---in all senses of that word.The cast is terrific---and the music is transcendent. I highly recommend this film.

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