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      Everybody's Talking About Jamie

      2021, Musical/Drama, 2h 1m

      105 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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      It may not be as effervescent as its title character, but Everybody's Talking About Jamie remains an infectiously enjoyable musical with an uplifting message. Read critic reviews

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      Inspired by true events, Everybody's Talking About Jamie follows Jamie New (Max Harwood), a teenager from Sheffield, who dreams of life on stage. While his classmates plan their livelihoods after they leave school, Jamie contemplates revealing his secret career ambition to become a fierce and proud drag queen. His best friend Pritti (Lauren Patel) and his loving mum (Sarah Lancashire) shower him with endless support, while local drag legend Miss Loco Chanelle (Richard E. Grant) mentors him toward his debut stage performance. But Jamie also has to contend with an unsupportive father (Ralph Ineson), an uninspired careers advisor (Sharon Horgan), and some ignorant school kids who attempt to rain on his sensational parade. In rousing and colorful musical numbers, Jamie and his community inspire one another to overcome prejudice, be more accepting, and to step out of the darkness into the spotlight.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Strong Language|Thematic Elements|Suggestive Material)

      • Genre: Musical, Drama, Lgbtq+

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Jonathan Butterell

      • Producer: Mark Herbert, Peter Carlton, Arnon Milchan

      • Writer: Tom MacRae

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Distributor: Amazon Studios

      • Production Co: Film4, New Regency, Warp Films

      • Sound Mix: Stereo, Dolby Digital

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Max Harwood
      Lauren Patel
      Adeel Akhtar
      Richard E. Grant
      Tom MacRae
      Yariv Milchan
      Michael Schaefer
      Daniel Battsek
      Ollie Madden
      Dan Gillespie Sells

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      • Sep 27, 2021

        What a jubilant, heartwarming, and celebratory musical to lift up your spirits and evoke a few happy tears, especially in the wake of trying to comprehend the mystifying ongoing appeal of another high-profile musical, Dear Evan Hansen. I wish every person chose to watch this Amazon Prime original movie versus that other musical that made me deeply uncomfortable and angry. This is based on the London stage show, and adapted and directed by the original creators, we follow the true-story of a 16-year-old Jamie (Max Harwood) who dreams of embracing his inner drag queen. His conservative father (Ralph Ineson) doesn't approve and has left him and his working-class mum (Sarah Lancashire) behind to start a new family. Jamie is working on finding his voice and confidence.  He comes under the tutelage of an aging former drag queen (Richard E. Grant) who encouraged and educates Jamie in the ways of showbiz and style ("A boy in a dress is someone that can be laughed at, but a drag queen is someone to be feared!"). Right away, I felt like this was what The Prom was aiming for, a big LGBTQ+ musical bursting with empathetic feeling and anthemic empowerment. The musical numbers are fun and frothy when they want to be, taking playful advantage of the expanded visual space of film. However, when the film wants you to feel emotions, it can hit you hard, and I was tearing up as Grant's character poignantly sings about the heyday of 80/90s drag scene with the AIDS crisis taking its tragic toll. I don't mean to keep harping on this, but I felt more genuine emotion in that one moment than throughout the entirety of Dear Evan Hansen. The movie is more considerate with its supporting players and finds moments of grace and compassion for just about every player, and with thrumming harmonies and feel-good lyrics. It's a charming, funny, and definitely worth remembering. Everybody should be talking about Everybody's Talking About Jamie. Nate's Grade: B+

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