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The Truth About Jane (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 7 August 2000
A high-school girl's first sexual experience is with another girl, and, along with her first broken heart, she must deal with her mother's reaction to her revelation that she is a lesbian and with ostracism at school.

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Lee Rose

Writer:

Lee Rose
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stockard Channing ... Janice
Ellen Muth ... Jane
Kelly Rowan ... Ms. Lynn Walcott
Jenny O'Hara ... Beth
RuPaul ... Jimmy (as RuPaul Charles)
Noah Fleiss ... Ned
James Naughton ... Robert
Alicia Lagano ... Taylor
Kacy Clark Kacy Clark ... Brad
Mark Siegel Mark Siegel ... Doctor
Erika Moore Erika Moore ... Jane, age 9
Tiffany Westlie ... Kate
Kenny McKeon Kenny McKeon ... Grant
Michelle Lane Michelle Lane ... Betsy
Amy Davidson ... Elizabeth
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Storyline

Jane, a teenager, tries to deal with the realization that she is a lesbian after an intense friendship with another girl leads to her first sexual experience. Jane's mother, Janice, struggles with the revelation of her only daughter's sexuality. Written by <pataygs@voicenet.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

One Mother's love...Her daughter's sexuality...and the truth they will face together.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Lifetime TV | Lifetime TV

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Verdade Sobre Jane See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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Technical Specs

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Color:

Color
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Trivia

This movie is dedicated to the memory of Matthew Shepard. Two years later, Stockard Channing also starred in the TV movie The Matthew Shepard Story. See more »

Goofs

When Jane sits in the living room doing her homework, her brother uses a Sega gamepad, but you hear the sound of a Nintendo and his mother tells him to "turn off the Nintendo". See more »

Quotes

Janice: You stay away from my daughter or I'm gonna have you fired!
Ms. Walcott: That would be a bit hard. I'm her teacher.
Janice: And you're also gay!
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Connections

References Mystery Men (1999) See more »

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Interesting look at the family within the conflict...
7 March 2004 | by EmAn1213See all my reviews

First, you have to go into this knowing that it's a made for TV movie, and therefor can't go as deeply into the issues that a regular movie could. That said, it's a pretty good movie which mainly focuses on Jane's family. It was really interesting to see Jane's liberal, open-minded mother react negatively to the news that her daughter was gay. Jane's family made a descent from a strong, caring unit into a torn apart mess. This descent happens gradually and was pretty believable. Towards the end of the movie, when the situation is at it's worse, Jane's father asks her mother, "How did we get here?" Unlike many Lifetime movies, where the teenagers seem to go crazy for no good reason, it was easy to see where the family's problems stemmed from and why they were so plagued with drama. The movie isn't perfect by any means, but the acting is strong, the relationships are touching (especially between Jane and her father) and the resolutions are uplifting but more realistic than what you'd be used to seeing on TV movies. Some good performances by Jane's mother, (Stockard Channing), Jane's father, (James Naughton) and Jane herself (Ellen Muth). With an altered "TV movie scale," I'd give it 4/5 stars.


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