Tim Curtright (Michael Brenton Gordon) lives in Kansas in a quiet town and has two good friends—Austin (Mark Avesh) and Laura (Sara Hammond). There is not a whole lot to do and Tim’s life is made up of school, dances and an occasional party. As he works on a project for school, Tim discovers that his father did not die in the Gulf War like he believed to be true and he decides to find out more. Of course, his mother is not in favor of this and the townsfolk also discourage it as well as a mysterious FBI agent who stands in the way of Tim’s investigation. Tim keeps going and he and his friends find lies and secrets everywhere as they try to find out what really happened to Tim’s dad.
Tim is not just determined—he is obsessive to find out what really happened and to say too much about the plot would ruin this wonderful film for those of you who want to see it. “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” plays a major role here as do other issues about gays in the military. Austin, who is gay, has a terrific scene and it is so refreshing to see two best friends, one straight and one gay, actually love each other as people.
Lee M. Whitman directed this film with great style and this is his first film. He pulls us into the world of Tim and we really care about the characters.
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