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Kissing Drew

October 10, 2018

A dreary school day in 1992: Cool kid Drew is James’ sexual fantasy, but Drew is also James’ bully. In a single moment, James faces off against both Drew the bully and Drew the fantasy, but is it enough to reclaim his dignity?

Philip J. Connel uses the tropes of high school bullying to deliver a funny, cute, sexy and moving portrait of sexual awakening. Suffice to say that James daydreams about his bully. Drew, and that his sexual fantasies occur in the least suitable moments. By the time we reach the surprising climax, which is nothing you expect, you realize the symbolic, life-affirming meaning behind James’ bold move. This is what every short film should be: tight and straight to the point, making the most of the brief running time to tell a fulfilling and entertaining story. Kisisng Drew has it all and more, including a cast of promising young actors and a great use of music and editing.

Picked upon James is secretly in love with the boy whose daily task is to make his life a misery. Yet such hasn’t prevented James from fantasizing about the way it could have been, had they both been playing on the same team. Nor has it stopped him from sticking up for himself; punches at the ready fashion. Yet why get into a fight, when lips can do so much more?

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