Edge of Seventeen

Edge of Seventeen

DVD - 2016
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Set in the summer of 1984 in Sandusky, Ohio, teenager Eric Hunter is terrified and exhilarated by his sexual attraction to Rod, a college student and co-worker at a local fast food joint. But Eric's sexual awakening is complicated by his new romance with his best friend Maggie.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Strand Releasing Home Video, ©2016.
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
video file, DVD video, rda
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digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda
Alternative Title: Edge of 17 [dvd]

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marvelboy888
Mar 06, 2014

In the pantheon of gay coming of age stories, Edge of Seventeen distinguishes itself as an uncommonly realistic entry. Where other films (not necessarily badly) often resort to high camp supporting characters, ironic humor, and contrived romances, Moreton's film underplays it all and goes for an understated naturalism. This approach adds a lot of believability to nearly every relationship, which all feel lived in, warm, and even fragile in their connections. The emphasis on adolescent sexuality is especially potent, and many scenes have an awkward, yet sensual first time feel to them. As solid as the two male leads are in their simple parts, it's the women who really shine, especially Tina Holmes as the main character's delicate best friend. Sure, as the film goes on it feels like it's leaking energy and the ending feels contradictory to central message but the virtues are still laudatory.

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