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Edge of Seventeen

Edge of Seventeen

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Director: David Moreton,

Cast: Chris Stafford, Tina Holmes, Andersen Gabrych


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A Eurythmics-obsessed, small-town Ohio youth comes to terms with his sexual identity and his New Wave fashion sense in this gentle coming-out drama, which is set in 1984. When closeted Sandusky teen Eric (Chris Stafford) and his best friend, Maggie (Tina Holmes), accept summer jobs in food service at the local amusement park, they befriend their lesbian manager, Angie


A Eurythmics-obsessed, small-town Ohio youth comes to terms with his sexual identity and his New Wave fashion sense in this gentle coming-out drama, which is set in 1984. When closeted Sandusky teen Eric (Chris Stafford) and his best friend, Maggie (Tina Holmes), accept summer jobs in food service at the local amusement park, they befriend their lesbian manager, Angie (Lea DeLaria), and a gay college student named Rod (Andersen Gabrych). Sparks fly between the two boys, even as Maggie waits patiently in the wings for Eric's affections. Rod eventually gives Chris the first-time experience he was looking for, then promptly heads back to Ohio State, leaving the younger guy to spend his entire senior year looking for love -- and the perfect bleach job. As Eric's outsider fashions raise eyebrows with his loving parents, he learns that his frustrated pianist mom (Stephanie McVay) is going to have to get a job to help send him to study music in New York. Meanwhile, Eric ventures out to the local gay disco, a hopping joint run by none other than his old boss, Maggie, who shows him the ropes and gives him just enough rope to hang himself. Stung by a meaningless sexual experience and pining away for the otherwise involved Rod, Eric decides to sleep with the saintly Maggie. But he's too open and sensitive to pull a fast one over on her; crestfallen at his rejection and his willingness to toy with her affections, she ends the friendship, leaving Eric to confide in his mother -- and find his place in the gay community. Written by Todd Stephens, directed by David Moreton, and produced by both, Edge of Seventeen was screened as part of the American Spectrum at Sundance in 1999. Stephens would return with the similarly themed Gypsy 83 in 2001.

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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it could have devolved into pointless '80s nostalgia à la The Wedding Singer or sunk into coming-out-of-the-closet platitudes, this low-budget indie successfully nails the nuances of both small-town alternateens and gay self-involvement. Most such films portray their queer protagonists as victims/heroes in a predictable moth-to-butterfly arc. But Edge of Seventeen's screenplay, by first-timer Todd Stephens, paints the coming-out process in appropriate shades of grey. Chris Stafford's gawky and reticent, yet sartorially flamboyant, Eric gets stepped on more than once as he comes to terms with his sexuality. But instead of bullies or unsympathetic parents, it's gay-bar man traps who rain on his pride parade. Along the way, Eric himself treats his eternally patient gal pal Maggie (played with tender economy by the wonderful Tina Holmes) like just another accessory, a prop with which to explore his own masculinity. Such ironies are too often lost in this type of film. The beneficent lesbian Angie and her trio of queenly helpers may seem like a convenient plot device, but Lea DeLaria invests the character with comic gusto. Stephanie McVay, meanwhile, plays a wonderful everymom, equal parts concern and compassion for her son and herself. Ane Crabtree's costumes would be a crime against fashion if they weren't such an uncannily accurate snapshot of rebellious suburbia. That Edge of Seventeen so deftly weaves its pop-culture backdrop into its plot is just another of the film's many and varied charms.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Stafford Eric
Tina Holmes Maggie
Andersen Gabrych Rod
Stephanie McVay Mom
Lea DeLaria Angie
John Eby Dad
Antonio Carriero Andy
Jason Sheingross Steve
Tony Maietta Gregg
Jeff Fryer Jonathan
Kevin Joseph Kelly Chuckie
Mark Gates Foodtown
Stevie Reese Desmond Ruby Rogers
Barbie Marie Frieda
Craig H. Shepherd Irate Customer
Doug Millon Security Guard
Clay Van Sickle Ed
Jason Griffiths Scott
Jimmy Mack Bartender
Justin Leach Tall Blond Guy
Jeffrey Abramson Dan McAllister
Don Mitri Teacher
Mike Roth Wrestling Jock
Adam Penton Joe Plonsky Jr.
Tal Ben-David Waitress
Dina Anderson Bitchy Girl
Karen Brooks Bitchy Girl
Shannon Constantine Bitchy Girl
Edd Martin Drag Queen
Gregg Long Mr. Johnson
Ryan Florio Randy
Twiggy Lawson Marlene Dicktrick
Dominic Carrion Miss Anita Mann
Jesse Adams Drag Atrocity
Joshua Elrod Rod's Roommate
Khalid Abdelrasoul Grubber
Sallyanne Law Grubber
Jarred J. Nichols Grubber
Mark Jay Warshak Grubber
Diva Herself

Technical Credits
David Moreton Director,Producer
Tom Bailey Score Composer
Tal Ben-David Editor
Ane Crabtree Costumes/Costume Designer
Gina DeGirolamo Cinematographer
Gerry Gershman Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Hsu Sound/Sound Designer
Karen Jaroneski Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Tim Kaltnecker Casting
Thomas O'Shea Sound Editor
Zakaela Rachel Othmer Cinematographer
Todd Stephens Producer,Screenwriter
Ivor Stilin Production Designer
Michele Vice Songwriter
Richard Whobrey Casting
Michael Wolfson Co-producer


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Edge of Seventeen 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film speaks to anyone who's ever felt out of place in a small town. Wonderful characters and smartly written. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Edge of Seventeen was an honest approach to the awakening of a young man to his own needs. He is not perfect and not always right, but he struggles. Unfortunately, there is little in character development and it doesn't explore the fullness of coming to terms with yourself as a gay youth. It is a sad story of a young man taken advantage of by an older college student who uses the youth for sex rather than opens the door to beauty. Not recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edge of Seventeen was a very good movie. Having experience in ''coming out,'' I could totally relate to the characters and the plot. ''Edge'' shows the reality of gay life... how the character has to kiss alot of frogs before finding his handsome prince. ''Edge'' shows that just because you are gay does not exclude you from seeking adjustment in society... having employment, friendships, parental love and support, and those things that all (male, female, black, white, gay, straight, etc) are entitled to. I recommend ''Edge of Seventeen'' highly; however, I don't feel it should be viewed by very young people because there are some graphic parts that could have been omitted. For a more mature audience, this movie tells my story of self-acceptance and ''coming out.''