Likable enough teen flick that though clichéd throughout manages to look at closeted gay identity's effect on a young rugby player in private school while providing an eventual uplifting message akin to the genre. Not hard hitting by any stretch of the imagination but worth a look.
Seit Jahrzehnten wird dieses Versteckspiel-Problem nun schon verfilmt und immer noch gibt es so viele Gemeinschaften, in denen Männlichkeit ganz bestimmten Regeln folgen muß. Schade und gut also, daß das weiter thematisiert wird, vor allem auch nicht allzu arthousig.
2-2.5. It mostly looks good and sounds good, and it's novel in that it's about a friendship between two gay teens rather than a romance. That being said, it's kind of dogged by some of the cliches of gay cinema, including a blunt emphasis on being 'individual' vs being part of the group, alongside several utterances of 'it gets better'. Plus, the positives of sports are framed more in the light of 'representation'.
Butler's feelgood teen movie is infectiously likeable and manages to avoid the overt schematism common to many such films. O'Shea, Galitzine and the rest of the younger cast acquit themselves well but the adults–Scott, McElhatton and Dunford–are the real scene stealers. A funny, heartwarming film that also has rugby scenes that put Clint Eastwood's Invictus to shame.