Back in October Dono did a post about the Geography Club movie trailer and it peaked my interest. Not only was it starring two very handsome men, Cameron Deane Stewart (Pitch Perfect) and Justin Deeley (90210), but it also genuinely looked really good. I’m a bit of a gay movie junkie and love attending the VQFF every year so I’ve seen my fair share of tacky gay cinema. I’m happy to say that Geography Club was not your average cheesy bad gay movie.
Synopsis: At Goodkind High School, a group of students of varying sexual orientation form an after-school club as a discreet way to share their feelings and experiences.
The first two things I noticed was the quality of the filming and the fact that it didn’t feel like your stereotypical gay movie. Director Gary Entin may not have many credits to his name yet but he sure has a great eye for film quality. I really appreciate when a gay movie has big screen quality to it and doesn’t look like it was filmed with $10,000 and your best friends video camera. The next thing I noticed was that the teen angst feeling was perfectly captured by lead actor Stewart who plays Russell in the film. I felt he did a great job at playing the more masculine gay teen trying to deal with his sexuality while being put into those awkward teenager situations. The rest of the supporting cast was also well rounded and believable in their roles as high school students including our favorite young Glee gender bender Alex Newell. I did however feel like Deeley who plays Stewarts love interest Kevin felt a little underdeveloped as a character and not 100% believable as a gay. There was just a lack of emotional depth to his acting which may be due to his genuine sexuality? Maybe he did the role because playing “gay” is in these days in Hollywood and his agent thought it would be a good idea.
I’ve never read the book it’s based on of the same title by Brent Hartinger so I can’t speak to how closely it does of doesn’t stick to it. For the most part though I’m usually the type of person who watches a movie for its theatrical appeal and never compare the two because it’s just never going to be the same. Overall I really enjoyed the movie and would suggest it to anyone looking for a good teen angst flick about sexuality, coming out and finding your own voice in the world. Definitely perfect for a date movie or those of us who are just big giant romantics (guilty as charged) and love a good gay teen love story, they’re just so adorable!
If you’re interested in seeing the movie I suggest you wonder over and purchase it in iTunes.
Geography Club Movie Trailer