Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party

 (170)6.11 h 26 min2015NR
Henry Gamble, a 17-year-old preacher’s son, wrestles with sexuality, alcoholism and faith during his birthday party.
Directors
Stephen Cone
Starring
Cole DomanPat HealyElizabeth Laidlaw
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DramaRomanceLGBTQ
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Nina GanetTyler RossFrancis GuinanHanna DworkinDarci NalepaPatrick AndrewsMeg ThalkenKelly O'SullivanTravis KnightDaniel KyriJoe KeeryMia HulenJack BallMelanie NeilanGrace MelonSpencer CurnuttZoe Tyson
Producers
Stephen ConeBryan HartLaura KleinMichael A. LeppenShane Simmons
Studio
Wolfe Video
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3.8 out of 5 stars

170 global ratings

  1. 49% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 21% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 7% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 10% of reviews have 1 stars
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MichaelReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Very disappointed. A bunch of Christian bigots. Build a stroy around that. Depressing
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Henry was the only bright light in this film. He is a good young actor. In general, the cast was terrible. BUT...I do understand this is not a big budget movie. The premise of a Birthday Pool Party for a 17 yo boy is a good one.
Someone could write a good story around that....but not here. The writer's agenda seemed to be a message of
bigoted Christians. Well, he drove that home well enough. I don't entirely disagree with some of it, but what he wrote was a little over the top....Okay, a lot over the top. There are some excellent gay themed movies, but they are
hard to find. Most of them are B movies. This movie was rated high. I'm sorry I spent the $3.99 to watch it.
If I had known, I wonldn't watch it for free.
I know movies. I watch approx 75 movies a month. My family has been in the film industry for many years;
cinematography, sound mixing and crew management.
5 people found this helpful
Russell SReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sensational story you will love and get involved with.
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May I say....holy moley. This was not the movie that I had expected and I am so pleased about that. First off Cole Doman.....sensational actor. The supporting cast sensational. The direction and story, sensational. The dialog and characterization also sensational. Please don't think that this is a gay movie because it is so much more and that is only a very small part of this film. This is a story (pure story) about a pastor and his wife and they are throwing a birthday party for their son, who is coming into his own, mom knows dad not so much. the story involves all the guests, all evangelicals with secrets of their own and there is the story. Not just about Henry but about his friends and his church friends and his parents church friends. They want to drink, they want to show themselves and they have affairs and pre-marital sex. Sensational movie and I recommend it to EVERYONE.
11 people found this helpful
JD FairReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Solid writing & story, but not timeless masterpiece
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I would recommend the film for Prime. It is very 2016 and earlier--but from that lens, it works very well. The storyline is well done, if not a bit over dramatic for the setting and laughs, but it is a very interesting ride to center the story around a birthday party. The "coming of age" or "gay trauma" component is a bit pastiche at this point and not explored deeply enough to match the intensity of what we are shown; in particular, the concepts of self-harm and the responsibility of parents for the self-shaming/internalized homophobia. The writing is consistently strong, and at some times exceptional--almost unexpectedly so. The performances are worth more than this budget had to offer, and in that regard, it is a gem. Overall, a meaningful work of art.
CollinReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
No continuity - terrible plot
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This movie was a total waste of time. There was no singular plot line to tie together the movie. It was filled with tons of mini side dramas that made no sense and didn't relate. The pace was slow and boring. Basically, it was a film created to allow the writer the opportunity to bash the hypocrisy in religious institutions.
2 people found this helpful
The Texas ReviewReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must Watch!
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Amazing film full of people who are lost, hurting and trying to find their way in life. Then you have the hypocrites, with their minds that are stuck because they are too busy doing the work of the Lord by judging others instead of looking inside themselves. But what all of the characters in this movie forgot is that Jesus is love and he wants us to love one another and not tear each other down, that God made each of us in his own image, and that God knows all about you and can guide you through life's problems, if you give Him a chance.
2 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Party I ever attended.
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This movie was an absolutely wonderful coming of age movie for everyone. You could feel Henry's conflicting feelings between his church and his homosexuality. Being a Christian who attends a church with a homosexual pastor it was interesting to hear and feel all the different attitudes of the party guests, and to be honest I feel that they were so hung up on the idea of someone being different that they all turned their backs on a person that was literally going around begging to talk to someone, to the point he hurt himself. Then the best statement of the movie was made, I think it was the defining moment of the movie. An older man said to himself we are doing this all wrong and then looked at one of the teens in the pool and said you, your gay and that's fine because God made you that way. Not an exact quote and to me all the tension that had been building up went away. Just my perspective, you might get a different view but you have to watch it to form opinion, so stop reading all the great reviews and watch the darn movie.
8 people found this helpful
Lawrence Of Arabia.Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not Satisfying As A Gay Movie
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There is a lot of complex stuff going on between the birthday party goers. And there is a lot of Christian guilt and generational conflict, Jesus stuff, infidelity, and wine drinking. There is one interesting scene between Henry and a straight sleepover friend. But at the end of the movie, the scene between Henry and Logan, his Black sleepover gay friend, falls very short with a question about kissing and that's the end of the movie. WTF ??? Wish I hadn't bought the movie!! What a letdown!
TimothyReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the better ones.
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Lots of eye candy in this and a fun, unexpected ending. I almost turned it off about half way through; way too much Christianity, references to Jesus, religion, etc which I'm sick of; I don't care for that kind of thing making its way into gay movies. The last 1/3 of the movie made up for it however as did the ending. I would see it again just knowing how it ends.
10 people found this helpful
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