Everybody's Talking About Jamie

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6.41 h 56 min2021X-RayHDRUHDPG-13
Despite obstacles, 16-year-old Jamie has the courage to fabulously follow his unconventional dream in this inspiring true story turned musical sensation.
Directors
Jonathan Butterell
Starring
Max HarwoodSarah LancashireLauren Patel
Genres
DramaYoung Adult AudienceLGBTQArts, Entertainment, and CultureComedy
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Supporting actors
Shobna GulatiRalph InesonAdeel AkhtarSharon HorganRichard E. Grant
Producers
Mark HerbertPeter CarltonArnon Milchan
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Amazon Studios
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Violencesexual contentalcohol usefoul language
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4.3 out of 5 stars

971 global ratings

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M.BraveReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Film Deserves Detailed Description
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This production is Amazon Studio’s film version of London’s stage musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (“The best British musical since Billy Elliot”- Amazon reviewer), by director Jonathan Butterell, screenplay and lyrics writer Tom MacRae, and songs composer Dan Gillespie Sells. The book (script and lyrics) and music CD (original West End cast recording CD and MP3 digital, as well as the concept album on CD) are available here on Amazon.
In the film, Jamie is played by Max Harwood, an impressively talented, truly beautiful androgynous-appearing blonde whom we’ll again have the pleasure of viewing as lead in an independent feature film, The Loneliest Boy In The World, Future Artists Entertainment, US Release Date 2022.
Sarah Lancashire as Jamie’s ever-loving mama gives him as his 16th birthday gift the ruby red glitter ultra-high heels he’s been saving for, and by minute 16 of the film I’m all in when Jamie begins his solo, “Wall In My Head.” Jamie’s dad, a key figure with a small role, pronounces his son “disgusting.” Fascinatingly illuminating early childhood flashback scenes (with angelic Noah Leggott portraying a wordless young Jamie) are revisited and revealed incrementally throughout the almost two-hour film.
Lauren Patel as Pritti epitomizes the best friend/brilliant high school girl planning to become a doctor. She tells him that if he were Pakistani or Middle Eastern his name would be Jamil, singing her solo, “It Means Beautiful,” bringing chills as her pure voice and lyrics juxtapose against the delicate damaged visual memory of his father’s ugliness. “If I don’t say it enough, you’re the best friend that a boy who sometimes wants to be a girl could ever wish for.”
Richard E. Grant plays Jamie’s mentor, an aging drag queen who shows Jamie home VHS footage of AIDS events in the 1980s and 90s, including protest marches and Princess Diana visiting with AIDS patients. Afterward, Jamie tells Pritti about it.
Jamie: You know, some of them died. Like, literally, they died. And the rest of them still kept on fighting.
Pritti: What do you think they were fighting for, Jamie? For the future. And that's you.
Sharon Horgan plays a teacher with such reality she could be a clone of a colleague at the gifted high school where I worked for ten years, down to her tone of voice, vocabulary, physical expressions, and fashion choices. She sharpens some marvelous ensemble acting in the school and prom scenes.
It appears that a large cadre of Amazon subscribers may have pooled their numbers together here to lower the percentage points on the rating of this film, perhaps as a protest vote against the current US political administration. This would be sad if it were to cause many Americans to miss this opportunity to see, for free, a “REALLY GOOD SHOW” (Ed Sullivan, first to introduce the Beatles to US viewing audiences) from across the Atlantic, presented professionally with heart, soul and history. They would miss the gifts entirely.
A side-by-side comparison shows higher ratings for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie than those of the Amazon Studios 2021 Cinderella musical film starring the lovely Camila Cabello with Fabulous (male fairy) Godmother Billy Porter.
Jamie (PG 13) 6.2% Cinderella (PG) 4.2%
This Sheffield, South Yorkshire-born story first aired in England as the 2011 television documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, directed by Jenny Popplewell, starring Jamie and Margaret Campbell. 56 min. Firecracker Films Ltd, producer Jes Wilkins. The documentary is available on Amazon.
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KtReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect
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The top negative review says "Stop pushing political agendas."

This movie is about the coming of age of a boy who wants to be a drag queen. It superbly presents the pain of a boy like this whose father has disowned him because of it.

How is this political? This is reality. These are issues that real people have to go through. This is NOT something that happens BECAUSE of films like this. It happens regardless. Just like the movie mentioned, there were drag queens WAY before this came out. Coming out in a culture where it was MUCH less accepted.

And frankly, it is a miracle that our culture is finally starting to be better at embracing and encouraging towards people who want to bend gender lines. Just the fact that this movie exists shows that we are making progress.

Political? This is about Freedom. And if you are in fact American, you should embrace this bipartisan ideal. This ideal of Freedom.

And anyone wanting to give this a 1 star review needs to think long and hard about what message they're sending. In fact, I'd recommend watching this movie and trying for one second to imagine the pain that Jaime went through. And imagine the other human beings who you are directly hurting by protesting this movie with your 1 star brigading.

Have we made progress? We've still got work to do after looking at these reviews. So yes, we DO need more movies like this. Despite your complaining that we don't. We obviously do.

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The movie was brilliantly cast. I especially loved Priya. She had an angelic face, voice, and heart. The music was also perfect. Instead of a boring generic song, the lyrics talked about what was actually going on. I liked that and kept it interesting to listen to the songs.

**mild spoiler**

While the plot is pretty predictable on paper, the acting and writing was so good that it completely made up for it. I really appreciated the backstory on the older drag queens. I also appreciated showing how the "villain" in the story (the school bully) also experienced pain themselves and had reasons to be the way they were.

While I wished there was also some redemption for the father figure, I actually think it was okay that there wasn't. It did teach the hard truth that sometimes we have to let go of hoping that a parent is going to change. Perhaps there could be a part 2 with a happier ending. Maybe with Jaime in college. But as it is, I think the movie is okay as it was.

This movie was a lot more moving than I thought it would be. It looks mostly light hearted with all the dancing, but the emotional scenes hit hard. You really got a feeling of how people who are trans feel a pain inside and a nagging feeling that there is something wrong with them. Jaime portrayed this beautifully. I hope we can turn things around and convince the rest of society to have a more open heart. So that people like Jaime don't have to deal with this kind of pain at all.

Overall, I think it was a wonderful inspirational movie that sends a great message.
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James WhiteReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
[Trigger Warning ] If Cis-Gay-Drag is your thing...
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...then you'll probably find this movie fun and funny and touching!

AND... if you are a transgender person trying to figure why the world hates you, then this show probably has some answers for you, as well. I guess in Britain, cis-gay men-in-a-dress (how many times does Jamie say 'boy-in-a-dress'?) are still struggling to find a place in the media, so shows like this keep getting made. In the U.S., however, we've moved on a little bit (not much) and the media has turned our attention to absolutely hating transgender people. Here, the cis-gay-drag image is the thing everyone is thinking when they come across an actual transgender person. Frankly, it's what societies around the world think a transgender person is.

For those of you who don't know, a transgender person is most likely NOT EVER presenting as a hyper-feminine, overly flamboyant, makeup-caked, 2' tall wig-wearing "show-girl". In the large majority of cases, a transgender person only hopes to quietly "pass" -- that means to go UN-noticed and to simply be accepted as the gender they were meant to be.

In other words, because "drag" is so over-the-top, it's a perfect money maker for the media and therefore it gets a lot of attention from cis-gender heteronormative people who then go and make it their life's work to call out, hate, and murder trans-folks.

Transgender people don't have a chance when they are *ALWAYS* associated, in the collective mind of society, with the drag circus. While a show like this is fun, and might be inspiring to cis-gay people (you GO!), it must be understood as continuing a long history of training cis-het people to think of trans people as part of this circus: never to be taken seriously as their gender; always to be seen and pointed out as a clown; someone it is okay to abuse; etc.

What can you do to stop the hatred and psychological/physical violence? You can reach out to media companies and ask them to stop making it hard for trans people to exist. You can stop purchasing and consuming content that teaches you to see people as "the other", to be feared and hated, or at best, laughed at. You can turn off the feedbag and look around at the peaceful life you could have if you weren't always "connected".

You could do these things... just imagine for a moment.
jacintaReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyed it, but lacked some heart
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So, I wanted SO badly to give this a 5 star review. I have seen both the documentary this was based on and several clips from the stage show on youtube so I had been looking forward to this for roughly a year... has it been that long?

Things to know: Yes the plot is embellished a bit in comparison to the documentary it was inspired by, but at the heart of it its very much the same story, right down to how his classmates react in the end. I'm not getting into details simply because I don't want to spoil it. Yes its a fairly predictable plot, but its also a very real one. I'm not going to fault the movie for that.

The music: There are a few REALLY catchy songs in this but there are choice moments in the film that take away from some of the entertainment value that you would have gotten on the stage version. (Example I much more enjoy the "And you dont even know it" stage performance. Check it out on youtube if you are curious. The korean version is particularly fabulous).

Acting: Jamie feels just a bit more fabulous in general with the original west end cast though John McCrea left some pretty big heels to fill so no disrespect to Max Harwood. The movie wasn't badly acted as people say but it does fall flat a few times. I think we are missing some power houses and and I can't tell if its the director's fault or simply chemistry between actors but very few parts of the movie really tugged at my heart strings.

To those who say its not family friendly: Beyond dropping the F bomb once and the use of a few slurs by a bully, the movie is well suited for a PG rating. Anyone who says its not acceptable for younger audiences, and as the synopsis makes it very clear this is a story of a drag queen anyone who has issue with that is well enough aware of what its going to be about that they can easily avoid it.

Final Rating: Four Stars, though I give Five to the original west end show. There is always something that seems to get lost when musicals are adapted for the screen with VERY few exceptions so IMO I think 4 stars is generous.
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AmyReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Adorable coming of age in the era of RuPaul's Drag Race
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A heartwarming coming out/of age story. While the movie is ostensibly about Jamie's journey to becoming a drag queen, it is really a film is his relationship with his amazing mom. I love how their relationship is the heart of the film. The actors are uniformly lovely, and the songs are catchy. I liked that they through a little a LGBTQ history into the mix, I wish there was more. Other than that, lovely all around.
luckyfoxReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
I wanted to love it... But I didn't hate it.
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First of all... I didn't mind the acting. I thought their casting selections were more than adequate, and there were times in this film that interactions felt convincingly authentic and well acted. That part, I really enjoyed... So kudos to those that acted it. However, my real critique is; It was truly impossible to ignore how painfully fake some of the writing in this was. I don't know if that's because I am from this community, or if I'm just expecting too much from this particular production. Either way I just couldn't bring myself to love it as much as I really wanted to, because it just felt too often like the writing was so fake that they wanted to make it a campy type of funny movie. But this wasn't intended to be a funny, campy movie, it was intended to be a genuine and raw movie about a person growing into themselves, and that's exactly what I came for and absolutely not what I got.

Some examples include the teacher, who was a key component but was completely undeveloped in any way, making every interaction with her feel dull and lifeless. And yet she was a main character at the movie's pinnacle moment outside of prom?

Then (for example) the comment on a dozen likes, from a pictures another student took of Jamie in his dress that night? It just felt so ridiculously fake. It wasn't necessary, and they added the completely unnecessary detail, and it just really gave an incredibly cheap and lazy writing feel to that entire scene. Why are they all suddenly not "okay" with Jamie, but demanding he be allowed in? Acceptance is one thing, and that scene had great potential for a more realistic and enjoyable exchange, and in yet another way they made it just feel so ludicrously fake with no real good reason for having to do so.

Let's not forget the famous words of Coco Chanel; "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off". And it's because most often, less really is more.
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ClayReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining and enlightening
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Characters great, sound mix very, very bad. Not the music chosen, just the mixing. Dialogue was so faint I had to turn up the volume to hear it and then get blasted out of the room when they broke into song. This is a recurring theme with Amazon movies. Just bad sound mixing.
linda galellaReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Much more than a gay coming out film
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Jamie is already out and contemplating what he wants to be after graduation. He’s grown up in a small, blue collar town where most kids are looking at joining the business of their parents. His best friend is the only Muslim in class and she wants to be a doctor. They’ve banded together for protection against the bullies and hecklers. His parents are split, Mom has a girlfriend, Dad is remarried and is embarrassed by him but Jamie is oblivious to that fact, as well as others. Once he decides to actively pursue his dream to become a drag queen, the movie takes off.

Much of the film is told by way of song and it’s done well. Many of the tunes are reworked from the stage version done in 2017. Max Harwood and Sarah Lancashire are good as mother and son and Lauren Patel is exceptional as the feisty best friend.

Singing, dancing, acting - it’s all reminiscent of Billy Elliot and earlier feel good musicals from MGM, except for the subject. There’s not a bunch of political wokeness being hammered repeatedly. Attention is more focused on relationships between people that are supposed to love, care and accept each other and how to get thru when that system breaks down.

In the end, this is a feel good movie that runs the full gamut of emotions from broken to victorious 🍿
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