Whole New Thing
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A precocious teenage genius is suddenly forced to adapt to the real world, while the real world around him is having some growing pains of its own in this independent comedy drama from Canada. Emerson Thorsen (Aaron Webber) is an exceptionally talented and intelligent 13-year-old who has been raised and educated by his free-thinking parents ,Rog (Robert Joy) and Kaya (Rebecca Jenkins). While Emerson is clever, witty, and has recently written his first novel, he doesn't seem to have very good socialization skills when he spends time with others, and as he enters adolescence, Rog and Kaya… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie is both amusing and disturbing as it explores Emerson's lurching efforts to bond with his teacher."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"A gentle, perceptive Canadian film."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"a small-scale film with big emotional payoffs."
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"But what's salutary about this effort is the canny intelligence and emotional understanding director Amnon Buchbinder has brought to the mostly well-wrought screenplay he wrote with MacIvor."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Buchbinder's direction creates a tremendous sense of location and adolescent awkwardness that blossoms beautifully during the picture."
‑ Brian Orndorf, eFilmCritic.com
"These knots are all tied by the end, but not memorably so."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"... promises slightly more than it delivers but still comes together nicely."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Toronto-based filmmaker Amnon Buchbinder tackles the sensitive subject of adolescent sexuality in this winning coming-of-age character study set in a wintry small town in Nova Scotia."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The dialogue has a sour, sitcom ring that grows tiresome and irritating before the second reel."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"[The film] shows respect for open communications and differing life styles and lets the audience in on diverse feelings and ways of acting them out."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"This wry, tender 2005 Canadian comedy puts a fresh spin on the theme of adolescent sexual awakening."
‑ Albert Williams, Chicago Reader
"... well-intentioned but underwhelming ..."
‑ Tom Beer, Time Out New York
"Buchbinder displays an original filmic eye, but mostly Whole New Thing is a few drafts short of an emotionally fulfillilng feature."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"The cast is uniformly excellent, but Webber in his first feature role is a stand out, delivering a subtle performance that offers a fully realized portrayal of a smart, sensitive, confused, and sometimes bratty and obnoxious youth."
‑ Pam Grady, Reel.com
"Evinces an Ed Zwickian dramatic tenor that would probably scan better on ABC."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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