I was ready to dismiss this as schmaltzy but Berlanti, his cast and source material unrelentingly charm and engage. Giving this a 4th * because there's going to be an LGBT+ film with teens that aren't attractive, have shitty taste in music and don't come home before curfew that will shock and it'll probably be funded because of this film. This is a really nice start.
Perhaps it's because the trailer was better than the actual film, perhaps it's because it felt like a small 13 Reasons Why cast reunion, perhaps it's because it didn't feel realistic... but happening to be a gay man and seeing this movie made me realize that Hollywood still gets "gay" totally and completely wrong. It wasn't a waste entirely; Robinson and Garner were standouts, but it just didn't fully click with me.
A lovely, warm, and refreshing coming-out story. If I were a teenager, it would have me feel like "Beautiful Thing" made me feel 18 years ago, when I watched it for the first time. Who am I kidding? It did make me feel almost the same! We may get old, but some things never change.