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Almost Normal (2004)

Cast: J. Andrew Keitch, Joan Lauckner, Joan Lauckner, more...
Director: Marc Moody, Marc Moody
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Studio: Wolfe Video
Genre: Comedies, Time Travel, Gay & Lesbian, Features
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: English
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A gay man with a growing sense of isolation gets a rare chance to view the world from an entirely new vantage point in this comedy that aims to show that you just can't help who you fall in love with. With his fortieth birthday just past and no love prospects in sight, Brad Jenkins (Andrew Keitch) is feeling especially lonesome. Though Brad's best friend Julie (Joan Lauckner) urges him to forgo his self-pity and attend the upcoming family reunion that he has been dreading for months, the ensuing overdose of suburban utopia at the family gathering drives Brad to have a few more drinks than he should before getting behind-the-wheel. When a violent crash sends Brad careening into the past and back to his high school days, the transported teenager soon discovers that in this parallel universe all of his former classmates are gay. Despite his joy at being asked out by former high school crush Roland (Tim Hammer), Brad once again finds himself faced with the prospect of becoming an outsider when a new student named Julie arrives at his school and Brad begins feeling an inexplicably heterosexual attraction to his pretty new classmate. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

What's Normal? by talltale November 18, 2005 - 3:37 PM PST
9 out of 10 members found this review helpful
Forget about the somewhat amateur acting, writing and direction that plague ALMOST NORMAL from the outset. Once the "plot" kicks in (after maybe fifteen minutes), the concept is so original and provocative that I swear you'll be hooked. This mirror-image idea of gay/straight turns clichés into shocks and will have you sitting open-mouthed, hanging between laughs and sadness, maybe even experiencing a surprising turn-on (among bi-sexually inclined viewers, at least).

The "shower scene" alone--it's classic--makes the movie worth watching. The less said here, the better, since surprise is so important. For gays, this film is a must watch; one hopes that some small part of the rest of America might discover it, too, and learn something in the process.

Though the acting ensemble is generally weak, J. Andrew Keitch in the lead role is surprisingly good as both the younger and older versions of himself; ditto the female lead, Joan Lauckner. Writer/director Marc Moody is to be congratulated for his smarts and gumption; I hope his moviemaking skills (and budgets) will increase as time goes by.

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