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This gay coming-of-age drama from Britain was screened at many film festivals including Toronto, Edinburgh, and the 1999 Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema section). It tells the story of 16-year-old Steven (Ben Silverstone), a boy who can't tell anyone of his sexual preference except an overweight girl named Linda, who is also unlucky in love. Steven (and most of his school's female student body) have a crush on John, the school hunk, who dates a model. Before long, John and Steven finally meet and start a private romantic tryst. The lies, secrets, and deceit build to a head at the… More
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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