Director: Hettie Macdonald
Stars: Glen Berry, Linda Henry, Scott Neal, Tameka Empson
Jamie is a young unpopular kid living in the South-East London housing estate with his mother, Sandra. She works at a local pub with dreams of running a pub of her own. Ste is the only kid at school that is nice at all to Jamie that is mainly because they live next door to one another. He live with his father and older brother Trevor. They both are very physically abusive to Ste. After one night of been being roughed up by his brother, Ste is fought by Sandra to stay with her and Jamie for the night. The two start a tender sweet love for one another that starts from a kiss.
The best part of this movie is the character, Leah. A young slutty black girl that is obsessed with Cass Elliott. She was a side character, but those scenes with her are the ones that I remember the most. She loved Mamma Cass, drinking and partying, drugs and most men. She is the girl that you kind of really want to hang out with to have a good time, but you may get left somewhere. You still would have fun. The rest of the cast has their own odd appeal to them.
The main story of the movie is the budding relationship between Jamie and Ste. If you were this age and all of this happened to you, would you not be overboard with happiness. I mean the good stuff. They are both at such a young age and learning who they are and coming to terms with it. That is such a difficult time period, but if you find that person that is just right for you. That would be almost too much to handle. To be gay and that young and the boy next door is your first love. It is such a sweet and tender story. The way that they handled the boys scenes together set the mood and the tone. You could feel the nervousness between them, but the innocents was kept in the scene. There was nothing dirty or fifthly about it at all. It was so sweet to see them kiss and hold each other. Jamie was so harsh and blunt when speaking because of all of the anger that was built up inside, but when he was with Ste, all of those walls came down.
I just loved this movie. It is sweet and loving. The best part of the movie is the soundtrack which is filled with the music of Cass Elliott. What more could you want. If you have not seen this movie yet, then by all means watch it. It is streaming out there somewhere. Enjoy.
Beautiful Thing (1996) Trailer