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Almost Normal [Import]

J. Andrew Keitch , Joan Lauckner , Marc Moody    Unrated   DVD
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Almost Normal describes itself as "Back to the Future meets Peggy Sue Got Married," and that gives you a good idea of what this gay-themed comedy is all about. Like those earlier movies, it's good-natured, amusing, and conventionally mainstream in its storytelling... except, of course, for the fact that it's a low-budget contemporary fantasy intended (more or less exclusively) for a gay audience. It's also the kind of too-eager-to-please comedy (like My Big Fat Greek Wedding) that you'll either love or hate in the first 10 or 15 minutes, but if you make it that far you may find yourself enjoying the movie's low-key charm and easygoing appeal. Granted, some of the acting (by a cast of complete unknowns) is amateurish and some of the dialogue is so bad it's laughable, but the "what if?" scenario yields a few interesting situations, satisfying a fantasy notion that many gay viewers will instantly identify with: What if you could relive your painful high-school days, only this time, instead of being in the ostracized gay minority, you discover that almost everyone is gay, and it's the straight kids who are "abnormal"?! That's the surprise in store for Brad (Andrew Keitsch), a gay, perpetually single 40-year-old teacher who crashes his car, is knocked unconscious, and has a Wizard of Oz-like dream in which he's back in high school, in an all-gay society where same-sex couples have children via sex with "parental partners," gym showers are co-ed, and straight kids are outcasts. It seems like an ideal situation, but Almost Normal has a lesson to teach about growing comfortable and content with one's own sexual identity, regardless of societal expectations. The role-reversal fantasy is treated far too literally, and it's not all that clever to begin with, but writer-director Marc Moody gives it a light spin that's harmless and well-intentioned. Almost Normal is the kind of movie that is typically found on the fringes of lesser-known film festivals, but it's likely to find an appreciative audience on DVD. --Jeff Shannon

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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disapointing April 20 2014
By Ashton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie on the surface has a good premise: The main character of this story (a perpetually single, gay, 40 something year old drunk) has been thrust by circumstance into an alternate world, in the past where he is in high school and society has been reversed, gay is normal and straight is not.

He should be in heaven right? Wrong! You see the writer of this script appears to believe that being gay is a choice cause our main character isn't content with the world being a perfect utopia for him. Somehow he has flipped a switch because now he is suddenly straight, is sexually attracted to and loves a woman - so he can rebel against society again.

They had a great opportunity to make a feel good movie and I feel they ruined it.

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