Tru Loved
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Tru Loved

USA, 2007, 99 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Coming Out, Drama, Gay, Lesbian, Parenting / Family, Youth
Program: Showcases
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Stewart Wade

When her two moms uproot her from the comfortable trappings of a San Francisco upbringing for a generic Southern California suburb, high school sophomore Tru despairs. Surrounded by homophobic football players, Paris and Nicole wannabes and a doting but closeted English teacher, Tru escapes into fantasy: She daydreams of living in a 1950s black-and-white Leave It to Beaver-like household (with two moms and two dads, no less) and imagines herself as a benevolent Maria in a Jets-versus-Sharks dance sequence.
Astonished to win the attention of the town’s star quarterback, Tru soon realizes that her new “boyfriend” is simply another closet case. While protecting her appearance-wary friend by putting on a public front, Tru finds an outlet for her frustrations with her homogeneous high school peers by co-founding a chapter of the Gay-Straight Alliance. But now she must reconcile her very public positions on sexual orientation with her private “gentleman’s agreement.”
Tru Loved is an examination of one adolescent’s courageous ability to counter small-town small-mindedness, broaching tough issues — interracial dating, gay parenting, school-sanctioned homophobia — that the average after-school special eschews. And, in the end, Tru actually finds true love. (Extra bonus: This family-friendly film features appearances by Bruce Vilanch, Alec Mapa, A Different World’s Jasmine Guy, Best in Show’s Jane Lynch and David Kopay — the first openly gay professional athlete!) — JENN PREISSEL

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