Geography Club (SIFF 2013)

Russell is gay, but still unsure what that really means for him and his existence at Goodkind High School, where difference is ridiculed. He is pleasantly surprised when an anonymous online meet-up turns out to be good-looking jock Kevin, but when their first kiss is accidentally witnessed by classmate Min, they fear she will out them. Instead, she invites them both to an after school Geography Club, which was the most boring idea they could come up with as a cover for their secret gay student support group meetings. Though Kevin refuses the offer, Russell shows up and eventually finds friendship in the unlikeliest of places.

This sweet comedy has elements of romance and drama as well, providing an overall good balance and range of emotions. Every action is scrutinized and alliances are made and broken quick enough to cause whiplash, which is exactly what I would expect from high school students. The plot is mostly predictable without any astounding revelations or unexpected twists, but it is very good at what it is: a portrayal of the difficulties of the teen years (no matter of you are gay or straight) and the relief and joy that can be found in discovering a supportive peer group. Recommended.

Provided Film Synopsis
High school can be one of the most awkward experiences of our lives, and young love is never easy. Nerdy kid Russell (Cameron Stewart) is questioning his sexuality, and arranges online to meet up for a date with another guy in his high school. He ends up seeing a popular football player named Kevin (Justin Deeley). The date is a secret, but they are seen by Min (Ally Maki), who slips them both a note. Will she reveal their secret? Will Kevin's goofy best friend Gunnar (Andrew Caldwell) ever lose his virginity? Based on the popular novel by Brent Hartinger, this is a sweet and funny look at teenaged angst. Quirky characters and unusual plot twists help to lift this movie above its all-too-familiar setting, and SNL alum Ana Gasteyer appears as an offbeat teacher who knows her way around a cucumber. Come see why the Geography Club is so important to some kids, and experience the drama and laughter of high school again, at a safe distance.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Gary Entin
  • Cast Members:

    • Allie Gonino
    • Ally Maki
    • Ana Gasteyer
    • Andrew Caldwell
    • Cameron Stewart
    • Justin Deeley
    • Meaghan Martin
    • Scott Bakula
  • Countries:

    • USA
  • Languages:

    • English
  • Genres:

    • Comedy
    • Coming of Age
    • Drama
    • Gay/Lesbian
    • Romantic Comedy