Were the World Mine
Were the World Mine (2008)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 12, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Mike Mayo
Washington Post

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.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

What could have been a charming and original endeavor becomes tacky and silly.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Were the World Mine is seriously uneven. If it displays considerable imagination and creativity, it also lapses too often into smug, campy silliness.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

All teen comedies would be this divine were the world Gustafson's.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Thomas Johnston
A production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Nights Dream" wakes a town from their prejudices! Tanner Cohen performs outstandingly! Too bad there… More
Ken Stachnik
A juvenile fantasy of mediocrity. William S would be ashamed However I did get to meet Wendy Robie from Twin Peaks at the premiere, so that was pretty cool.
Mark Hobin
Whimsical musical about a student who, inspired by Shakespeare's <I>A Midsummer Night's Dream</I>, whips up a magical potion from a flower… More
Daniel Parsons
<i>"Shakespeare was queer, too!"</i> <p>An early episode of <i>Buffy The Vampire Slayer</i>, called "Bewitched,… More
jay nixon
Different to say the least, musical modern updating of A Midsummer Night's Dream with a gay twist, is enjoyable in parts but tries too hard for whimsy… More
Sylvester Kuo
First of all, this is a really clever film, why wouldn't someone try to make a love potion? This is one of the sweetest independent film I've seen,… More