“The Wise Kids”
Young, Gay, Christian and Charlestonian
Director Stephen Cone gives us a very sweet coming-of-age drama about being gay and Baptist in the South. Set in Charleston, South Carolina, best friends Brea, Tim and Laura are busing getting ready for college. Tim is planning to go to NYU film school, Brea is worried if college will answer her questions about faith and Laura is headed to a religious school and this puts the friends at odds. The three have lived very protected lives and they are about to discover that there is a very big world out there. The kids have had no problems with the kind of lives they have led and they love their families. Tim is just beginning to deal with his sexuality and is getting ready to come out and when he does, the reactions that he gets are very different. But what there is not in this film is a loud crash or an explosion—the characters come to term with themselves in quiet ways. Here is a film that is perfect for helping to change the minds of some religious communities and it shows the value of youth.
“At its heart, the film examines the confusing and wondrous space between high school and college, youth and adulthood—when questions far surpass answers.”
- Posted in: GLBT Film