Were the World Mine

Were the World Mine

The classiest low budget musical you'll ever see,
plus lyrics by Shakespeare.

Description from The Advocate magazine's The Top 175 Essential Films of All Time for LGBT Viewers:

Were the World Mine (2008): If only there were a magic potion that lets you make your neighbors gay, then maybe they'd finally understand what it's like to be us. Scoring a hit at Outfest, filmmaker Thomas Gustafson makes that dream happen for a fictional homophobic town as one high school student discovers the power to turn people gay. While playing the mischevious Puck in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (naturally), he teaches the town about falling in love, without labels. -L.G.

Scott's Comments

The whole movie is a riff on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with the plot of the movie paralleling the play. Even the lyrics are Shakespeare's. Plus it has a wonderful mother-son story line, with each trying to understand and help the other through a difficult time for both. It was filmed in the Chicago suburbs with top Chicago actors. An absolute delight.

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New York Times review

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