Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: What would it be like if being gay or lesbian were normal, and it’s straight people who are ostracized and ridiculed?
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Year: 2005
Duration: 90 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Marc Moody
Writer: Marc Moody
Starring: J. Andrew Keitch, Joan Lauckner, Tim Hammer, Nils Haaland, Kehry Anson Lane, Joel Egger, Virginia Smith, Brad Buffum, Mary Douglass, Steve Balsarini

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Almost NormalAlmost Normal starts out with a great concept – what would it be like if being gay or lesbian were normal, and it’s straight people who are ostracized and ridiculed? In a Back to the Future like story, Brad Jenkins (J. Andrew Keitch) gets to find out.

On his 40th birthday, perpetually single Brad travels to his hometown. With a mother who still won’t acknowledge that he is gay, he just wants to be normal and happy for once. That night, Brad wrecks his car … and when he wakes up, he’s gone back in time more than 20 years to be a high school student again.

But this time things are different. In the hallways at school, girls are kissing girls and boys are kissing boys. Mom (Virginia Smith) lives with her partner Louise (Mary Douglass), kissing her in front of Brad. Couples find parental partners to reproduce, but marriages are only between same sex couples. Straight people are called ‘breeders’ and ‘hole punchers,’ beat up outside of straight bars, and subject to anti-straight arguments and sentiments that throw the usual anti-gay statements on their heads. It produces some ‘wow’ moments to see life this way.

An odd plot move in the end of the film makes for message confusion, and some over the top acting is a problem. As long as your expectations are not too high though, this is a pleasant comedy that will likely make you smirk a little. (AB)