Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing is a romantic drama that was written by Jonathan Harvey. Directed by Hettie Macdonald, the movie features Glen Berry, Meera Syal and Linda Henry. The story follows Londoner Jamie (played by Glen Berry), an infatuated teen with classmate, Ste (played by Scott Neal). His single mother Sandra (played by Linda Henry) has ambitious plans to operate a pub. She also has a revolving door of lovers including Tony (played by Ben Daniels), an old hippie.

Sandra is also having issues with Leah (played by Tameka Empson) who is a rude neighbor and does drugs, expelled from school. Jamie’s homosexuality remains secret, but his introverted nature and distaste of football have become enough of a reason for kids to bully him every chance they get.

Ste lives with his abusive, alcoholic father and drug dealing brother next door. His brother beats him up so badly one night that Sandra lets him sleep at their house. Since they have no extra bed, Ste sleeps opposite Jamie in the same bed. On the second night they share a massage, conversation and Jamie plants a kiss on Ste for the first time.

Ste panics the next morning and leaves before Jamie has a chance to wake up. Then he avoids him for several days. Jamie gets up the nerve to take a Gay Times newspaper. He begins to accept his own sexuality and the fact that he is very attracted to Ste.

Finally, Jamie sees Ste at a party nearby and decides to confront him. They leave the party together, which winds up ending very badly. Sandra takes revenge upon Leah for her continual gossiping. She then threatens to tell what she knows about Jaime and Ste. She then confesses about covering up for Ste with his brother and father. Ste cannot handle the situation and rejects and runs from Jamie. In the end, the boys do get back together, accepting that they care for each other with the other's approval.

| 1996 | 1 hr 29 min | 7.6/10
Linda Henry, Glen Berry, Scott Neal, Tameka Empson
Hettie MacDonald
Beautiful Thing
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