Central Florida Overheard: A film for “family”

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“Love, Simon,” which opened in theaters March 16, is a teen dramedy about a high school kid named Simon coming to terms with being gay after starting an email conversation with another closeted gay teen from his school. The film is based on the novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli. It is also the first major studio release of a film that focuses on a teen gay romance, which is why celebrities across the country have been buying out screenings of the film and giving away tickets to anyone, particularly young LGBTQers, who want to see it.

Local celeb Sacha Kljestan, a midfielder for the Orlando City Soccer Club, and his wife bought out a screening at the Regal Winter Park Village for March 29 and packed the theater with kids from the Zebra Coalition. “The movie spreads the message of tolerance, acceptance and equality. We were inspired by other people who did this, so we just want to pay it forward and help spread the love to the people of Orlando,” Kljestan wrote on his Twitter. Kljestan is now a part of an impressive list of celebrities including Neil Patrick Harris, Matt Bomer and Kristen Bell who are spreading the word of love and acceptance through this amazing film.

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Orlando City SC player buys out Orlando screening of ‘Love, Simon’

By : Jeremy Williams
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Sacha Kljestan

ORLANDO | Sacha Kljestan, a midfielder for the Orlando City Soccer Club, and his wife bought out the 8:00 p.m. screening of the LGBTQ youth film “Love, Simon” at the Regal Winter Park Village for Thursday, March 29 so fans can see the movie for free.

“We saw ‘Love, Simon’ opening weekend and absolutely loved it. The movie spreads the message of tolerance, acceptance and equality. We were inspired by other people who did this, so we just want to pay it forward and help spread the love to the people of Orlando,” Kljestan wrote on Twitter.

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Screened Out – The Boss

By : Stephen Miller
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Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kristen Schaal, Kathy Bates

Obnoxious lead character: check.
Bland, put-upon sidekick: check.
Terrible script that follows a formula that fails more often than it works: check.
A few physical gags that are actually surprisingly funny: check.
An easily dismissible, idiot villain: check.

I could halt the review there. The Boss fits in with the worst works by Will Farrell, Adam Sandler, Kevin Hart, and their ilk. I think it’s important, though, to discuss why and how these unfunny comedies keep getting made.

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Screened Out – Frozen

By : Stephen Miller
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Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana

There were high hopes that, when John Lassiter took over Disney Animation, he’d bring some Pixar originality to the studio. He has had some success (Wreck-It Ralph). Frozen, though often very beautiful, misses that magical creativity that birthed Toy Story and Finding Nemo.

Instead, it’s just Disney’s maniacal marketing of princess paraphernalia – costumes, stuffed toys, and other cheap flotsam overpriced and sold at theme parks and stores. Any chance of making a timeless tale was supplanted by the lust to haul in more cash.

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