Monday, January 19, 2009

REVIEW: Get Real (1998)


This 1998 British gay coming of age film is probably one of the sweetest...

So here's the beef:

Remember when we were back in HS and everyone is a bit too amped up with the whole puberty thing... the lead character (Steven) finds himself dealing with his "secret identity" as an added drama to the whole complexity of teen life...

He goes to the park bathroom to "meet" other guys like him. Until he accidentally stumbles upon the campus jock (John) on the next stall... They tried to hook up. but John got all freaked out with being "gay"...

What ensues, of course is drama,,, they avoid each other... Steven's attempt at journalism goes to crap... his parents become disturbed by his behavior.. the usual symptoms of teen angst...


THEN comes prom night... Steven goes with his best friend/neighbor/fag hag Linda while John goes with a hot older woman.. This part has the best scenes:

1. When the stupid jock Kevin (desperate to get laid) hits on Linda. She's a bit fat and she knows it. she blows him off with real sassy-like saying: Just because I'm fat you think I'd be desperate to sleep with you, when you probably won't be able to get it up coz you're too pissed.. so NO, fuck off

2. When they all get to slow dance and Steven was with Linda and john was with his date and they end up looking at each other (the guys) instead of their girls (Steven ends up with a hard on. hahaha)

So, Linda and Steven goes home pissed at their fortunes and decided to have some late Mel Gibson marathon... while Steven was changing in his rom, he was surprised by John when he suddenly appeared on his doorway... and well, you know what happens next.


And thus begins their "secret relationship"... They meet discreetly which makes it all the more thrilling... This in turn lighten things up for both boys, their lives suddenly become more pleasant especially Steven...


Meanwhile, Steven is getting close to Stacey (?) his fellow staffer of the school magazine trying to play shoulder to cry on... Stacey, however made the mistake of falling for the dude and so drama ensues...

At the same time, John tries to put up a straight front and begins dating Christian (the hot older woman) He, however, kept this secret from his "lover" which, as one might predict, creates drama when the boy found out...

So Steven caught them right after a date when Christian dropped off John in his home... tears and hikbi galore, Steven gushes about how hard this is... and John responds (which REALLY made me kilig) "I really, really like her Steven...but... I love you..." (everybody now... awww....)

Thir relationship flourish after that and things become more happy... But of course it won;t be worth watching if it was that easy... Steven submits an "anonymous" article to the school magazine about growing up queer titled "Get Real". This spins off 2 ways;

1. Stacey finally wakes up and see that the boy likes other boys.. which also means that Steven will be a hot target aout the whole gay article (coz he's the only "weird" one in the staff)

2. Conflict ensues in the school coz the admin won't print it and the student body is soooo juiced up about it so it instantly becomes one of those "things you are not supposed to know but you'd know just the same because everyone will gossip about it"

This puts more tension to the 2 boys: While Steven is becoming more vocal about his being gay, John remains steadfast at being discreet and gives his lover a ultimatum: "Nobody has to know! Once anyone knows, it's off!!!" and yet they fall for each other all the more... haaay love!


Thing is Linda already knows about them AND Stacey has already figured it out on her own... Kevin, the stupid jock is also becoming suspicious so.. grrr...

It all boils down to the end of term finals which basically culminates in the athletic meet and scholastic awards...

The magazine is distributed and the school's a buzz with the identity of the brazen and newly outed gay student... John ans Steven are being a bit sloppy and they are beginning to get obvious... and don't forget the PARENTS... both their parents meet and the 2 guys haven't agreed on their alibi (John says they are not familiar, whil Steven says he spent the whole weekend at John's) so..,drama ensues...

The 2 boys took it to the locker room... Of course, LQ itey and may I dramatic walk out si John leaving Steven behind crying on his sweaty shirt... AND THEN Kevin the stupid jock walks in and see the crying scene... Steven was pinned to the lockers in a flinch! Thank god John came back for his stuff. He asked teh 2 to leave him and Steven and the 2 gays faked a beating...


OK na sana but then a teacher approached looking for Steven so Kevin walked in on them and SAW THEM being intimate (alam mo na, nose to nose na halos) so hat did John do? He shoved Steven and kicked him the gut...

CUT to the awards ceremony where John receives his medals and Steven is given the journalism award... ANd tru to being a drama queen, he sobbed his way through his speech and CAME OUT to the entire student body, the parents and the school!... to his surprise, he gets a standing ovation...

CUT to the scene afterwards where Steven is slumped on the bench Linda and Stacey with facial tissues (hilarity) then walks Kevin the dud and threatens Steven. The best part was when his Mom came and said "... and I am his MOTHER. and if you try to harm my son, I will ahve your bullocks for earrings!" (EYE LAV IT!)

Before going home, Steven paid his lover a visit who was smoking at the track... John was all mushy... which was really heartbreaking... seeing a beefy jock all broken down into tears and saying to another guy: "I have never felt like this for anyone... I love you, Steven.. I love you... but no one can know..." to which Steven replies: "Haven;t you understood what I did back there?" he stood up, pats the crying jock on he head and says "Be happy John" and leave shim sobbing on the bench..

TARAY!!! then comes Linda in her red top down with Aretha Franklin beltin "Think" on the stereo... what a snazzy ending....


Mahabang kuwento I know, but that's the only way I know how to talk about this movie... I like it.. it's a bit too melodramatic and overplayed in some parts but the emotions and circumstances are just sooo sincere and the fag hag Linda.. you gotta love how much SASS she brings into the movie...

And the ending... I love the ending... Steven leaving John... which is an indication that his character has grown... he has come out, he has overcome his fear and has won over his struggles and he figures how to love like a real man... don't stick to someone who can't be proud of you... coz it's just downright demeaning..

EYE LAV IT.. try to watch it.. it's a nice easy and light 2 hours

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