Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

17 Sep, 2021
English
1 hr 55 mins
Biography Comedy Drama Musical
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
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‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ is a fun film that tackles a relevant and crucial subject in an entertaining way. Set in a small town of a first world country, it’s symbolic of the deep prejudice and struggle for those who seek acceptance and inclusivity – something that no one should have to fight for anymore.
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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Review : A flamboyant coming-of-age dramedy of a lovable prom queen

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STORY: Based on a 2017 West End Musical stage show that was in turn based on a 2011 documentary, ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ is a coming-of-age true story of a gay teenager, who aspires to become a raging drag queen against all odds.

REVIEW: Colourful, effervescent and headstrong – meet Jamie New, the 16-year-old boy, who is in own words, sometimes wants to be a girl. Set in a largely conservative town of Sheffield in England, Jamie’s story is pretty much what every LGBTQIA+ person goes through, but director Jonathan Butterell and his co-writers (Tom MacRae and Dan Gillespie Sells) ensure that it never slips into a deeply melodramatic and sad place of no return. Instead, Jamie’s character played superbly well by debutant Max Harwood exudes infectious energy and positive vibes of a promising young soul raring to live his dream of being on stage and turning up in a drag at the all-important school prom night. While doing so, he also gives us a sneak-peek into a life riddled with conflicts and choices that are forbidden in our society.

While the actual drag-show is kept to a minimum and the musical has songs that sound similar to each other, the narrative has its share of stereotypes and clichés that do no good to the film. There is a typical homophobic hater in Jamie’s class, who thinks of himself as a college heartthrob and a father, who is severely let down because his son hasn’t followed the accepted gender binary. Of course, we find such people all around us, but here Jamie’s feisty and firebrand attitude helps us root for him even more. Sarah Lancashire as his supportive single mother Margaret is totally lovable and just what every child needs to help to come into his/her own. Jamie’s BFF Pritti (Lauren Patel) does well too as the nerdy yet encouraging friend, who does what it takes to support him despite her own conservative lifestyle. Veteran actor Richard E Grant is all kinds of fun to watch as he transforms into Loco Chanelle – the local drag queen, who campaigned for queer rights back in the 80’s, giving Jamie the perspective on just how easy his life is, in comparison with what the ‘comrades’ before him endured. But the film belongs solely to Max Harwood, who shows immense promise, perfectly delivering the nuances Jamie’s internal and external conflict.

Musically, it fares decently well with all the song and dance sweetly carrying the story forward in a very Glee-ish way, without being a drag, no pun intended. Sometimes, it’s flamboyant while at times understated, but always capturing the essence of Jamie’s busy mind.

To conclude with, ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ is a fun film that tackles a relevant and crucial subject in an entertaining way. Set in a small town of a first world country, it’s symbolic of the deep prejudice and struggle for those who seek acceptance and inclusivity – something that no one should have to fight for anymore.

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