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Were the World Mine

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Tom Gustafson

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Plot Summary

If you could make someone love you, would you? Timothy, prone to escaping his dismal high school reality through dazzling musical daydreams, gets to answer that question in a very real way. After his eccentric teacher casts him as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, he stumbles upon a recipe hidden within the script to create the play's magical, purple love-pansy. Armed with the pansy, Timothy puckishly imposes a new reality by turning much of his narrow-minded town gay, beginning with the rugby-jock of his dreams. Ensnaring family, friends and enemies in this comic chaos, Timothy forces them to walk a mile in his musical shoes. The course of true love never did run smooth, but by the end of this moving musical comedy of errors based on director Tom Gustafson's prolific award-winning short film, Fairies, the bumpy ride comes to a heartfelt conclusion. With vibrant imagery, a first-rate ensemble cast and innovative music rivaling the best of pop/ rock and contemporary Broadway.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Were the World Mine, an indie alternative to Disney's High School Musical franchise, is a small, endearing film. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: The clunky script keeps pulling everything to an earthbound level well below the desired airy realm. – Jay Weissberg, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: This picture dares to summon the spirit of the Bard as well as the ghost of Arthur Freed and succeeds as a rousing, warm-hearted spectacle. – Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A diverting Chicago-made export, director and co-writer Tom Gustafson's gay fantasia on Shakespearean themes is set in a socially stratified private school ruled by the rugby jocks but about to be sent into a tizzy thanks to the magic of Shakespeare. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

a movie for the new generation

finally! a movie that speaks to us, and does so in a fresh way. SO WORTH THE WAIT and the money. Even after seeing it four times in theaters in two seperate states, meeting the director and actors, I still can't get enough.


This movie steps outside the stereotypes that plague gay movies and asks a bigger question of the audience: does walking in someone elses shoes change your outlook? While there are points in the movie where you see that the writers got a tad lazy, it's still worth watching and a fine effort by the cast.


i love this movie if i could just get my brother to watch it mabey hed think a little different about gays! i can argue for hours about gays they are amazing! and this movie just put a humungo smile on my face i recommend this movie to everyone!

Were the World Mine
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 2009

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