The only way he could fit in was to stand out
DIRECTOR: Russell P. Marleau
Belgium /USA 2006 98min
A witty high school comedy may sound like an oxymoron, but here it is – set in the 1980s, the story of cute 16-year misfit Chance Marquis and his motley crew of friends at Brickland High as they negotiate the minefields of coolness, friends, boyfriends, family and a particularly nasty jock named Brad. To defeat Brad and make it to the battle of the bands, Chance calls on the talents of a extravagant drag queen, a soccer star, and his fellow oddballs – a shy photographer and an intimidating diva-in-training. The film sets itself apart from the recent spate of gay cumming-of-age flieks by being less about tart and more about heart, with some fine acting by the lead, a clutchbag full of memorable one-liners and a great 80s soundtrack.
Screens with James
- Seattle L&GFF 2006 – Jury Award, Best New Director
- Chicago G&LIFF 2007 – Best Dramatic Feature
- Nashville Independent FF 2007 – Best Music
- Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival 2007 – “Best of Fest”
- Reeling Chicago LGBT Int’l Film Festival – Best Narrative Feature
- Jury Award (Fairy Tales Gay/Lesbian Int’l. Film Festival – Calgary) – Best Narrative Feature
- Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In an early scene the vice-principal goes over Chance’s academic history in an interview with Chance and states that he is known to sometimes channel deceased torch singers such as Rosemary Clooney, Dionne Warwick, and Ethel Merman. However, as the movie takes place in the 1980s (never indicated which exact year), the only singer of the three that might have been deceased was Ethel Merman (d. 1984). Rosemary Clooney died in 2002. And, Ms. Warwick is still among the living in 2008.