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Simon Shore directed this British teen comedy-drama set in Basingstoke, an upscale southern English town, where gay 16-year-old Steven (Ben Silverstone) lusts for wealthy jock Dixon (Brad Gorton), who dates blond model Christina (Louise J. Taylor). In a public toilet, an exchanged note brings Steven and Dixon together. Steven is elated, while Dixon is fearful that his cover has been blown. The story that unfolds pivots around exactly how Steven will come out and the possible reactions of his family, friends, and classmates. Shown at 1998 film fests (Edinburgh, Dinard, Toronto).
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The strength of this agreeable comedy, directed by Simon Shore from a screenplay by Patrick Wilde, is that it makes even the tiniest sexual encounters seem emotionally momentous."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"The film is grounded in genuine emotions and its knowing humour serves it well. I laughed like a drain."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Simon Shore's feature directing debut displays considerable confidence and aplomb. But his fairly hackneyed sense of storytelling seems to value accessibility above complexity, so don't expect any surprises."
‑ Sandra Contreras, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The rather unoriginal script, co-written by Shore and Patrick Wilde (who wrote the stage play upon which the film is based), has roughly an equal number of clever lines and embarrassing clunkers."
‑ Ilana Lindsey, Film Threat
"Anchored by a touching lead performance by Silverstone."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Fresh, funny and thoroughly engaging."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"The movie bravely goes where too many other films have gone before."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Charming and romantic enough to get by."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"succeeds in conveying the misery that always results when people try to hide their true selves to impress others."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"above the usual mundane coming of age genre films"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"An issue movie, a comedy, and a love story, this is pretty good at being all three."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Yes, we've heard the tale before, but somehow it just never gets stale: Welcome to another instalment of Romeo and Romeo."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The performances are solid throughout, and the writing is straightforward and tight."
‑ Allen White, Film Threat
"It does a fair job and director Shore elicits a solid performance by Silverstone."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Get Real is essentially a conventional tale of forbidden young love that derives its emotional appeal from heartfelt performances by its young cast, particularly the charming Mr. Silverstone."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
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