Judge Brett Cullum is tru valued.
Coming out, teen style.
Tru Loved is a likable dramatic comedy about the trouble with being a gay teenager in a small town told from an unlikely perspective. The main character Tru (Najarra Townsend, Seven Days) is a straight girl who seems to be surrounded by gays and lesbians no matter where she goes. She has the "fag hag" curse, and it's funny to see how she deals with it.
The plot centers around Tru, who is moved to small town California by her two moms. She starts up at a new school, and the kids find her strange and far too urban. Mysteriously, the star quarterback (Matthew Thompson, Mad World) begins to show interest in dating her, but not in any kind of romance. Turns out he's gay, and he tells her. Tru agrees to make his life easier and pose as his "Katie Holmes." But once Tru founds a Gay Straight Alliance the whole school gets in an uproar, and the quarterback is scared she will out him. Things get more and more complicated, and soon revelations are made all around.
Tru Loved works to a degree, it has a strong cast and some funny moments. There are a million cameos by famous gay icons and television stars such as Alec Mapa (gay comedian), Bruce Vilanch (gay writer), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek: The Original Series), Jasmine Guy (A Different World), Jane Lynch (Glee), Elaine Hendrix (Romy and Michele's High School Reunion), Marcia Wallace (The Bob Newhart Show), and Alexandra Paul (Baywatch). The only problem is the script goes everywhere, and it draws everything out to an unbearable length. It seems to have eight or nine endings before it finally hits a conclusion. Still, it's a cute movie in its own right. I can see it working really well with gay teens and anybody who wishes they were gay in a more forgiving time.
The DVD is a bare bones affair with the feature only, and no extras. The picture is clean and crisp with some nice color rendering. It's a sunny bright comedy, and the palette reflects that. The sound mix is centered around delivering dialogue, so no surprise that the front speakers do most of the work. It's all clear and clean.
Tru Loved fits nicely into a teen comedy for the GLBT crowd, and it's refreshing to see a heterosexual girl as the lead. I like the idea of watching a girl struggle with everybody else's gayness; a smart twist that pays off well. It's definitely fun to play "spot the TV star" in the cameos, and the film is fun enough to zip along. The only problem is it goes on a little too long never seeming to know where to stop. The DVD itself offers little other than the feature, so it might be tempting to see this as a rental rather than a purchase. Yet Tru Loved does work if you imagine it as a gay project that John Hughes should have directed with Molly Ringwald starring. It would have been Pretty in Pink where Ducky gets the guy instead of Molly.
Guilty of being fun but long winded, Tru Loved is a cute gay teen
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