Geography Club~Movie Review

geo clubTitle: Geography Club
Cast: Justin Deeley, Cameron Deane Stewart, Alex Newell, Nikki Blonsky, Scott Bakula
Genre: LGBT RomComDram Feature Film
Length: 90 minutes
Studio: Breaking Glass Studios (March 25th 2014)
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: “Required viewing” — Entertainment Tonight
16-year old Russell is going on dates with girls while nurturing a secret relationship with star quarterback Kevin, who will do anything to prevent his teammates from finding out. Min and Terese tell everyone that they’re just best friends. And then there’s Ike, who can’t figure out who he is or who he wants to be. Finding the truth too hard to hide, they decide to form a Geography Club, thinking nobody else would want to join. However, their secrets may soon be discovered and they could have to face the choice of revealing who they really are.

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Review: This movie is equal parts Romantic Comedy and Drama, there is a little bit of both evident while viewing. Russell has lived 16 years without questioning his sexuality. That is until the quarterback of the football team kisses him in the rain. A flip is switched that leaves Russell desperate to figure out who he is. He’s invited to join the ‘Geography Club’ by the one person that saw that rainy day kiss, a club that is made up of other LGBTQ teenagers.

While Russell and his struggles with not only his sexuality, but his personality overall, are the core of this movie there are so many supporting characters that make the movie a huge success. Russell’s best friend Gunnar is borderline over weight and never had a girlfriend. He sort of uses his friendship with Russell to snag a date. These two have their ups and downs but their long lasting friendship preservers and keeps them both strong in the end.Kevin is a closet case, plain and simple, which baffles the mind since his parents are the most accepting of anyone in the group.

Min is the president of the club, wanting a safe space for herself, her girlfriend and other LGBTQ students to come, share and feel safe. Her girlfriend Terese is large and in charge, but unsure if she wants to come out, and this cause problems for them. Ike is just adorable and absolutely hysterical going from saying he’s only ten percent gay to finally admitting he’s just flat out gay by the end.

It can’t be all sunshine and roses though, now can it. The guys on the team ostracize Russell as soon as he is outed by snot nosed rich bitch that plasters posters of Russell pulling away from a kiss, with a girl, all over the school. She does it because he rejects her affections, partly because he is gay, but partly because this is the girl that his best friend Gunnar likes. Russell also has to decide if he is going to be out and proud while his “boyfriend” Kevin hides in his closet.

This movie was so much fun. While there were some dramatic moments and a brief scene of bullying, there was some budding romance and a lot of side splitting laughs, especially ‘Flo’s Gay Dads!’ You will have to watch the movie to understand that reference. The acting was good for actors of this age, and the storyline kept me engaged throughout the entire movie.

Fans of Shelter, Latter Days and White Frog will love this movie. It’s streaming on Netflix and available through Amazon instant video. And then if you LOVE it, as I did, you can buy it on DVD, as well.