the World Mine (USA; 95 min.)
directed by: Thomas Gustafson
starring: Tanner Cohen; Wendy Robie; Judy McLane; Nathaniel David Becker
Michael says: "Based on the short film FAIRIES (which was entered into the Chlotrudis Short Film Festival a few years ago) WERE THE WORLD MINE focuses on Timothy a young gay high school student who, after winning the role of Puck in the drama classes' production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," develops a potion to make people fall in love with the first person they see. It sure sounds fun and also like a dream come true for this put upon student in an all-boys' private school. Not only must he endure the taunts and jeers of his classmates and phys. ed. teacher, the conservative little town he lives in is pretty darn homophobic as well, as his single-mother knows and endures herself.
"I'm getting tired of films where the protagonist continues to make
bad choices that hurt others until they finally learn the lesson of the
film. I'm also really tired of seeing films with endless beautiful people.
Ironically I was chatting with a young film student at the festival, and
he only likes films with beautiful people in it (we were talking about
AMERICAN TEEN) so perhas it's a generational thing... and WERE THE WORLD
MINE is about high school kids, so maybe that audience needs everyone
to be beautiful. Wendy Robie (one-eyed Nadine from David Lynch's "Twin
Peaks") is pretty awesome as the Titania-like drama teacher, Ms.
Tebbt, and the young men are good singers for the most part... oh did
I mention that it's a musical? I usually love a good musical, and the
actors are certainly talented, but unfortunately this one just didn't
work for me. 2 cats"