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Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (2015)

Unrated | | Drama | 8 January 2016 (USA)
Preacher's kid Henry Gamble is turning 17 today. Bring your swimsuit.

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Stephen Cone

Writer:

Stephen Cone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cole Doman ... Henry Gamble
Joe Keery ... Gabe
Elizabeth Laidlaw ... Kat Gamble
Pat Healy ... Bob Gamble
Nina Ganet ... Autumn Gamble
Daniel Kyri ... Logan
Jack Ball ... Jon
Travis A. Knight Travis A. Knight ... Keith Noble (as Travis Knight)
Kelly O'Sullivan ... Candice Noble
Melanie Neilan ... Christine
Grace Melon ... Heather
Spencer Curnutt ... Cooper
Mia Hulen ... Emily
Zoe Tyson ... Cheyenne
Francis Guinan ... Larry Montgomery
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HENRY GAMBLE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY takes place over the course of 24 hours, at the 17th birthday pool party of preacher's kid Henry Gamble. As Henry treads through various sexual possibilities, seeking to come into his own, so too do the adults and teenagers of the party, all struggling to navigate the public and private, and their longing, despite themselves and their faith, for earthly love.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Einen Freund zum Geburtstag See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the gifts Henry Gamble receives on his birthday is a DVD of Gregg Araki's film Kaboom. See more »

Quotes

Jon: [homosexuality] It's not a good thing, that's for sure.
Cheyenne: Well, what do you think?
Candice Noble: Well... I mean, I think Christ teaches us to love everyone.
Jon: Yeah.
Jon: Whether they're addicts or criminals or gay people.
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For Amy, April, Brad, Diane and Tami. See more »

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Features The Red Balloon (1956) See more »

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Written and performed by YAWN
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Middle Class boy in coming out dilemma drama
21 December 2016 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

The plot is that Henry Gamble is going to be seventeen and his father – Preacher Bob – wants to throw a big pool party to celebrate. As he is a preacher everything is going to be done the way Jesus would have wanted – but no alcohol, provocative music or other stuff that they make up as they go along. Thing is Henry is gay – but he is still in the closet although right from the get go you can tell he is bursting to come out.

Then the party starts and as the guests turn up it seems that everyone has baggage and they are also all struggling with then inner conflicts that go with faith and desire.

Now this has been applauded and panned in equal measure and the reasons are both valid. Firstly this is all about sex and sexual.ity but it is all talk and, quite literally, no trousers. Personally I think that is OK but for the nay sayers they are right in saying it is setting its stall out to attract the wrong audience. Also it does not deal with nigh o all of the issues that are raised, from sexual identity, faith conflicts, mental health issues or alcohol.

The thing is this is really well made. Despite any real dénouement the characters and their problems are very believable. It is well acted with only a couple of times where a character seems to be stepping into 'cliché-ville'. So am slightly torn, I actually did enjoy this though – hence my rating but as I said if you want a film with any real exploration of the issues that it is based on, then this will probably not rock your world.


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