by Jeff Walsh
Whole New Thing is a fun Canadian movie about a boy named Emerson, who starts middle school to raise his math scores after being home-schooled by his hippie parents all of his life. More accustomed to taking a naked sauna with his parents than socializing with kids his own age, Emerson encounters trouble when he gets to the new school.
Right off the bat, he questions the English's teacher's choice in literature, which gets him noticed by some kids after class. They start by commenting on his long hair.
Bully: So, are you a boy or a girl?
Emerson: Do I have to choose?
Bully: Most of us don't choose. We know.
Emerson: That's boring.
Bully: Are you insulting me?
Emerson: Not at all. I think you're cute.
Bully hits Emerson.
The other snag is that Emerson develops a crush on his English teacher, while insisting he's not gay.
The movie just explores Emerson's crush and his interactions with other students and his parents in a way that isn't overly preachy or precious. The soundtrack by openly gay band The Hidden Cameras also contains some great tunes.
Just a nice, refreshing movie about first crushes and how powerful they can be. Worth a look.