Geography Club (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gary Entin|
|Screenplay by||Edmund Entin|
|Based on||Geography Club|
by Brent Hartinger
|Music by||Lior Rosner|
|Edited by||William Yeh|
|Distributed by||Breaking Glass Pictures|
Geography Club is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by Gary Entin from a screenplay by Edmund Entin, based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Brent Hartinger. The film stars Cameron Deane Stewart, Justin Deeley, Meaghan Martin, Allie Gonino, Nikki Blonsky, Andrew Caldwell, Marin Hinkle, Ana Gasteyer, and Scott Bakula.
16-year-old Russell is still going on dates with girls while having a secret relationship with football quarterback Kevin, who will do anything to prevent his football teammates from finding out. Min and Therese tell everyone that they are just really good friends. And then there is Ike, who cannot figure out who he is or who he wants to be. Finding the truth too hard to hide, they all decide to form the Geography Club, thinking nobody else in their right mind would ever want to join. However, their secrets may soon be discovered and they could have to face the choice of revealing who they really are.
- Cameron Deane Stewart as Russell Middlebrook
- Justin Deeley as Kevin Land
- Andrew Caldwell as Gunnar
- Meaghan Martin as Trish
- Allie Gonino as Kimberly
- Ally Maki as Min
- Nikki Blonsky as Therese
- Alex Newell as Ike
- Teo Olivares as Brian Bund
- Dexter Darden as Jared Sharp
- Grant Harvey as Nolan Lockwood
- Marin Hinkle as Barbara Land
- Ana Gasteyer as Mrs. Toles
- Scott Bakula as Carl Land
- Wesley Eure as Mr. Kaplan
- Mike Muscat as a Deranged Homeless Man
Geography Club premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 27, 2013. The film received a limited theatrical release by Breaking Glass Pictures on November 15, 2013, and was also released digitally on iTunes, Amazon Video and VOD on the same day.
Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 64% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 11 reviews, with an average score of 5.25/10. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 based on reviews from critics, the film has a score of 57 based on 5 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Writing for the The Huffington Post, John Lopez describes the film as entertaining and praises the themes as "universal and relatable", as well as for trying to define a "new normal" where homosexuality is accepted as an everyday thing.
Entertainment Tonight hails Geography Club saying, "Every year sees the release of one film so culturally important it should be required viewing. This year, that film is Geography Club." The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) of the Philippine government gave the movie a PG rating and highly commends the film as a "sweet and sensitive coming out, coming of age movie based on the first novel of the young adult series/play of the same name."
Following is a list of awards that Geography Club or its cast have won or for which they have been nominated.
- L.A. Outfest
- Audience Award – Best Feature Film
- L.A. Outfest
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Meaghan Martin
- Outstanding Film – Limited Release
Breaking Glass Pictures released Geography Club on DVD on March 25, 2014.
A television series following the events of the Geography Club film is in production by JA&M Productions with filming set for fall 2017.
- "Geography Club (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
- "Geography Club". Metacritic. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
- John Lopez (April 30, 2013) "Newport Film Festival's 'The Geography Club' Depicts the New Normal of Gay Relationships" The Huffington Post. Retrieved on October 31, 2013
- "Movie on coming out is highly recommended by the MTRCB: 'Geography Club'". Inquirer Movies. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
- "Awards for Geography Club (2007)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- Official website
- Geography Club on IMDb
- Geography Club at Rotten Tomatoes
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