50 Ways of Saying Fabulous
50 Ways of Saying Fabulous (2006)

A boy has to decide just how far he's willing to go to maintain a new friendship in this offbeat coming of age-drama. Billy (Andrew Paterson) is a 12-year-old boy growing up in a farming community in New Zealand in the '70s.… More

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Rated: G
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 2, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

The movie's insistently playful tone and cheesy fantasy sequences ultimately work against its ambitions, undermining a story that seethes with abuse and sexual obsession.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...yet another coming-of-age story...

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

New Zealand writer-director Stewart Main's adaptation of Graeme Aitken's 1995 novel is a cheery, at times fanciful tale of a chubby New Zealand farmer's son growing up in remote Central Otago and coming to terms with his feelings for other men.

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Don Willmott

The disconnect between comedy and grim reality hurts the film.

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Billy Manes
Orlando Weekly

Bumps along wide-eyed, like a queer Stand By Me from down under, blue-ing up its spacey nighttimes and redding out its heated days with lush cinematography.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Uneven in both script and performances, but there's plenty to enjoy along the way.

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Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

Handsomely photographed but painfully fey.

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Mark R. Leeper

Main tries to put messages into the film, lessons like to not believe in gender stereotypes. But his people seem to be taken more from wishful thinking than from the real world.

Adam Nayman

Young lead Andrew Paterson is so likeable that the film occasionally threatens to be affecting, but a series of strenuously melodramatic developments late in the game kept us detached and unimpressed.

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