Freak Show (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Trudie Styler|
|Based on||Freak Show|
by James St. James
|Music by||Dan Romer|
|Edited by||Sarah Flack|
|Distributed by||IFC Films|
Freak Show is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Trudie Styler and written by Patrick J. Clifton and Beth Rigazio, based on the novel of the same name by James St. James. The film stars Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson, Celia Weston, Laverne Cox and Bette Midler.
- Alex Lawther as Billy Bloom, a funny, good-hearted teenager and the new student at an ultra-conservative high school
- Eddie Schweighardt as young Billy Bloom
- Abigail Breslin as Lynette, the head cheerleader and high school queen bee, and Billy's rival
- Bette Midler as Muv, Billy's mother
- Larry Pine as Billy's father
- AnnaSophia Robb as Blah Blah Blah / Mary Jane
- Ian Nelson as Mark "Flip" Kelly, Billy's friend
- Lorraine Toussaint as Flossie, Billy's nanny
- Laverne Cox as Felicia, a reporter
- Willa Fitzgerald as Tiffany
- Celia Weston as Florence
- Walden Hudson as Bib Oberman
On October 2, 2015, it was announced that Trudie Styler would make her directorial debut with the young adult LGBT film Freak Show, based on the novel of same name by James St. James. Patrick J. Clifton and Beth Rigazio adapted the novel, while producers on the film would be Celine Rattray, Charlotte Ubben, and Styler through Maven Pictures along with Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen's Flower Films, and Jeffrey Coulter and Bryan Rabin.
The film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 13, 2017. Shortly after, IFC Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film. It was released on January 12, 2018.
As of June 2020[update], the film holds a 54% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 41 reviews with an average rating of 5.62/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Freak Show relies on engaging performances and obviously good intentions to cover for its clichéd story and uneven direction – and for some viewers, it may well be enough." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 54 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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- "Dan Romer Scoring Trudie Styler's 'Freak Show'". Film Music Reporter. January 31, 2017. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
- "Freak Show". 2017: Programme. Berlin International Film Festival. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
- Roxborough, Scott (January 13, 2017). "Berlin Film Festival Reveals Final Films in Generations Sidebars Aimed at Young Audiences". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
- Busch, Anita (May 19, 2017). "IFC Films Picks Up Trudie Styler's Feature Directing Debut 'Freak Show'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
- "Freak Show (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
- "Freak Show Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 6, 2018.