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‘You did something straight guys don’t do’: New movie shows the trials of finding yourself

Josh Wiggins as Franky in the movie Giant Little Ones

Giant Little Ones, a new movie from writer-director Keith Behrman, explores the age-old story of the trials and tribulations as you figure out your identity.

In the upcoming flick, Franky Winter (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas Kohl (Darren Mann) are best friends since childhood. They’re also high school royalty — ‘handsome, stars of the swim team and popular with girls’.

On the night of Franky’s 17th birthday party, something happens between the two young men that sets off a tumultuous chain of events.

As one character in the trailer (below) states: ‘You and Ballas did something that straight guys don’t normally do.’

What follows is a test of friendship and beyond.

With a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, reviewers are describing it as a ‘tender but untimid drama’.

Dennis Harvey of Variety wrote of it: ‘Polished and lively, with just enough fresh angles to avoid feeling like a rote recycling of gay cinema tropes.’

Many are also praising Wiggins’ performance as open and sincere.

Teen coming-of-age stories have been told time and time again, both with queer characters and not. There is a universality about them, speaking to both teen audiences and adults remembering their own days of youth.

Last year alone gave us both Love, Simon and Alex Strangelove. Based on the trailer, Giant Little Ones strikes a different tone than either of those, seeming both tender and sharp all at once.

Giant Little Ones comes out on 8 March across cities in the US.

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Author: Anya Crittenton