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Almost Normal (2005)

A gay man approaching a mid-life crisis is tired of being different because he is gay. He wants to be normal. Suddenly he is yanked back in time to when he was in high school. But this time... See full summary »

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J. Andrew Keitch ...
Brad Jenkins
Joan Lauckner ...
Julie Erwin
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Roland Davis
Nils Haaland ...
Terry
Kehry Anson Lane ...
Bill Dempson
Joel Egger ...
Dwayne Twillis
Virginia Smith ...
Doris Jenkins
Brad Buffum ...
Bob Jenkins
Mary Douglass ...
Louise Baker
Steve Balsarini ...
Halbert Baker
John Brennan ...
Mr. Thompson
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Steven Davis (as Adam Jefferis)
Katherine Nora Le Roy ...
Yolanda
Stan Brown ...
Mr. Fock
Eric Smith ...
Keith Stevens
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A gay man approaching a mid-life crisis is tired of being different because he is gay. He wants to be normal. Suddenly he is yanked back in time to when he was in high school. But this time, the world is gay and to be straight is considered deviant behavior. Then something else happens. He meets a girl. And suddenly normal becomes ...well almost normal. Written by Marc Moody

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A train passing behind Brad and Roland when they are sitting at a train station has a Burlington Northern Santa Fe flag. The BNSF merger didn't occur until 1996, yet the time period is supposed to be 1985. See more »

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Terry: So let me get this straight: in your world, men like being with women?
Brad: That's what they say - until they drink a six-pack.
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Almost Amusing
2 January 2015 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

The concept is potentially interesting. It is openly attempting to use the Back to the Future idea to take a gay college professor back to his high school days in a world where what's considered "normal" and "abnormal" is reversed. Unfortunately the potential is never realized.

The actor playing the central character, Brad, is likable enough. He and the actors who play students do turn in reasonably good performances given the rather lame situations and dialogue they are forced to cope with. Conversely most of the actors playing adult characters seem to suffer from major aren't-we-being-too-silly over-acting syndrome and often sound like they're reading their lines from a teleprompter that isn't keeping up.

The story blurb states that Brad "is tired of being different because he is gay" and that when he is transported back in time he becomes "almost normal." Obviously that's not what happens at all. Taking that view would seem to imply that being straight will forever be the preferred norm in any context.

In the present day he, and many others, consider him to be different because he is gay. When he goes back to his high school days he becomes straight in a fantasy world where gay is normal. Once again he's different and regarded as "disgusting" & perverted and is the object of the same sort of bullying from his peers and negative reactions from adults that he experienced in the real world.

It might have been a more interesting premise if he had retained his sexual orientation and found himself in a world where he was a normal gay kid and the victimized minority in his school were the heterosexuals. Finding himself in the majority and not having to deal with all the guilt and grief dumped on him could have been a genuine role-reversal with real implications as he decided whether the fantasy experience or his real life was preferable.

In the end it's still mainly a mediocre high school coming-of-age drama. It's still the same normal kids and the same prejudiced community standards making life miserable for the minority, even if what defines normal and abnormal has changed.


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