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Wild About Harry (2009)

American Primitive (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Family | 2014 (USA)
In 1973 playing it straight can get a little twisted... Set in 1973 and inspired by true events, 'American Primitive' tells the story of the havoc that is wreaked in a teenage girl's life ... See full summary »

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Gwen Wynne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tate Donovan ... Harry
Adam Pascal ... Theo
Danielle Savre ... Madeline Goodhart
Skye McCole Bartusiak ... Daisy Goodhart
Josh Peck ... Spoke White
Corey Sevier ... Sam
Susan Anspach ... Martha
James Sikking ... William Cauldicott
Anne Ramsay ... Katrina. Brown
Stacey Dash ... Joy Crowley
Johanna Braddy ... Lucy Carmichael
Jordan-Claire Green ... Bridget Howard
Blythe Auffarth ... Eliza
Suzan Crowley ... Gertie
Geno Montiero Geno Montiero ... Michael
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In 1973 playing it straight can get a little twisted... Set in 1973 and inspired by true events, 'American Primitive' tells the story of the havoc that is wreaked in a teenage girl's life when she discovers her widowed father is gay. Alternately comic and tragic, the film captures the homophobia of the time set against a backdrop of small town America on Cape Cod. The film utilizes emblematic music expressing the artistic and experimental freedom of the early 70s. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual material and language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wild About Harry See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

Another Way Around
Written by John Harvey
Performed by Dave Hawkes
Under License from Imaginary Friends Music Partners
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Palm Springs International Film Festival
11 January 2009 | by rimac-1See all my reviews

I just saw this movie at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. It was the "world premier" - which I find odd since the film was shown in 2008 elsewhere. The film said copyright 2009 - so perhaps it was re-edited. Overall I liked the movie, though as a gay man, I realized right away that it was from the viewpoint of the straight daughter. The theme that families of all kinds are valid was the best part. I wish that there had been more understanding of the gay characters, particularly in the era that the film was set. The gay characters seemed dim-witted and incompetent of detailed conversation. Perhaps that's the way they were supposed to appear. I wish the daughter who was the poet had more lines. She was terrific. I do congratulate the producer for a great film on her first try.


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