Were the World Mine
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A color drenched, winning musical film-fantasy of a struggling gay teen, Timothy, whose spirit soars when his eccentric teacher casts him as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. After magically discovering the play's love-potion, Timothy puckishly begins to turn his closed-minded town gay - including casting a love spell on the town's stunning jock - with hilarious and unexpected results. After he reluctantly restores the town's free will, he is amazed with the surprising results. If you could magically make someone love you, would you?

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This high school reworking of A Midsummer Night's Dream never really takes flight, but neither is it the preening misfire the first half promises."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Editorial Review Writer-producer-director Tom Gustafson's musical fantasy Were the World Mine, based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is mostly delightful."
‑ Mike Mayo, Washington Post
"What could have been a charming and original endeavor becomes tacky and silly."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Were the World Mine is a charming picture with a very simple message: be who you are, let others be who they are, and we can all be happy. In fact, we might even be fabulous."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"So sincere, so earnest in it's desire that everything work out for the best for everyone, that one cannot help but give in to its earnestness and decide to like it, if not love it, despite its few failings."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"Were the World Mine gets by on sheer charm -- and on Gustafson's inventive direction, Kira Kelly's elegant cinematography and co-screenwriter Cory James Krueckeberg's whimsical production design, which works wonders on a limited budget."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A diverting Chicago-made export, director and co-writer Tom Gustafson's gay fantasia on Shakespearean themes is set in a socially stratified private school ruled by the rugby jocks but about to be sent into a tizzy thanks to the magic of Shakespeare."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The songs are bright and beautifully sung, the cast's naturalism works against the surreality of the concept, and ultimately, the pieces fit together like a dream."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Were the World Mine is an independent film that succeeds through the excellent work of a cast and crew whose imagination compensates for budgetary constraints."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The material has been playfully updated, made into a parable of gay desire and wish fulfillment, but its significance remains the same, right down to Timothy's understanding that free will must ultimately be restored."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Were the World Mine is seriously uneven. If it displays considerable imagination and creativity, it also lapses too often into smug, campy silliness."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"When the film narrows its focus from big questions addressed through overly broad strokes and instead zooms in on one-on-one interactions and the emotional power of a well-made musical sequence, it taps into a winning sweetness and poignancy."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"All teen comedies would be this divine were the world Gustafson's."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Tom Gustafson's musical fantasia is the gay indie of the year."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
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