Torn from the human interest headlines, John L'Ecuyer and Kent Staines'
docudrama takes a lighter tone than most true-life made-for-TV TV films.
Is it too much to ask to bring your boyfriend to the senior prom? It is when the prom is being held at a smalltown, Canadian Catholic highschool, and you're a gay teen like Marc Hall (Aaron Ashmore). Principal Warrick (Dave Foley) reiterates the school’s don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy about homosexual, but Marc's best friend, Carly (Tamara Hope), and her jock boyfriend launch a campaign to allow Marc to boogie with his chosen partner. They even threaten to boycott the whole affair. Despite the backing of the student body, Marc reaches an impasse with the hidebound administration, and coming out to his parents, Emily and Audy (Marie Tifo, Jean Pierre Bergeron) — they not only accept their son but support him at the next school board meeting -- proves less traumatic as persuading his
boyfriend, Jason (Mac Fyfe), to go public. With the adult community entrenched in its position, Audy finds an unlikely ally in his union representative, and then high-profile attorney Lonnie Winn (Scott Thompson) gets wind of
the controversy and grabs the case as a platform for his gay rights agenda. In the midst of the subsequent legal finagling and religious posturing, Marc’s simple wish gets buried. Prodded by Mr. Winn, Marc agrees to keep battling the status quo, and when he gets his day in court, he uses it as a forum for blasting the three-ring circus surrounding him.
Ashmore exudes enough boyish charm to make even biased viewers champion his character’s cause, and the filmmakers avoid taking a grandstanding approach to the issues in this quirky hybrid of Capra-esq moral fable and Afterschool
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- Released: 2004
- Review: Torn from the human interest headlines, John L'Ecuyer and Kent Staines' docudrama takes a lighter tone than most true-life made-for-TV TV films. Is it too much to ask to bring your boyfriend to the senior prom? It is when the prom is being held at a sm… (more)