William Stevenson
May 23, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Beautiful Thing

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/09/96
performer
Glen Berry, Scott Neal, Linda Henry
director
Hettie Macdonald
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

If there were any justice at the video store, this sweet little English movie, Beautiful Thing, about gay teenagers would lure as big an audience as Ellen’s coming-out episode did. Jonathan Harvey’s script (based on his play) about working-class schoolmates Jamie and Ste (Glen Berry and Scott Neal) discovering their sexuality — and each other — doesn’t strike a false note until the uplifting but unlikely conclusion. With a fiery performance by Linda Henry as Jamie’s brassy mother and a bouncy soundtrack dominated by the Mamas and the Papas. A-

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