Samuel Goldwyn Acquires David Freyne’s LGBTQ+ Teen Comedy ‘Dating Amber’

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Amazon Prime Review: ‘Dating Amber’ proves an absolute delight

Both Eddie and Amber are in the closet. Eddie, on the other hand, is in complete denial. Weary of their peers constantly jeering at them, Amber and Eddie stage a relationship to halt the speculation they have to endure. Amber and Eddie are both outcasts and loners. Whilst Amber secretly rents out a caravan to horny teenagers wanting some alone time so that she can save enough money to move to London.

Petticrew and O’Shea are undoubtedly the standout element of Dating Amber. Petticrew as Amber is a forceful presence, she speaks as though.

Dating Amber has a pretty compelling hook. Eddie and Amber are both gay teenagers growing up in rural Ireland during the mid-nineties. The country has just decriminalised sodomy, and finds itself in the midst of a highly divisive and contentious referendum on divorce. Against this backdrop, Amber hits on a clever idea to avoid the scrutiny of her classmates.

She and Eddie will pretend to be a couple, so that they can both present as heterosexual long enough for Amber to escape this suffocating environment. It evokes the set-up of something like Easy A , tapping into the youthful anxieties of teenage life, and combines it with the increasingly progressive and diverse entries into the genre like Love Simon or Handsome Devil.

The film lacks the delicate tonal balance that is necessary to elevate a teenage coming of age story from a charming affair to a classic of the genre, swerving too dramatically from its playful and cheeky opening premise to an overly earnest and sincere final stretch. It allows suffers slightly from a heavy reliance on formula, hitting most of the marks expected of a story like this, but never really finding a way to push past those conventions into something more profound or insightful. However, Dating Amber is an appealing and engaging entry into the genre.

Dating Amber captures a certain experience of growing up in an appealing heightened way.

Dating Amber, Reviewed

Eddie and Amber decide to stage a relationship in order to stop everyone speculating about their sexuality. Eddie is keen to follow his dad into the military, while Amber dreams of moving to the liberal hub of London. Tilted Pictures Altitude Film Entertainment. Loving this trend of queer coming off age movies focusing on friendship instead of romance storylines.

A quintessential-feeling Pride Month coming-of-age feature, Dating Amber nails the nuances of surviving a queer adolescence, no matter the cost, in both gently funny and deeply sad ways.

The unusual relationship between two Irish teens is the subject of David Frayne’s Dating Amber. In an attempt to halt speculation surrounding.

On Fridays 2 days after an episode has aired, the spoiler policy is lifted and all posts are fair game. Criticism of cast members’ actions is allowed, but bullying is not. Calling out shitty behavior is fine, but mocking physical traits or unchangeable characteristics earns a ban. Take your hate speech somewhere else and don’t come back. Max Amber dating self. Based on Twitter it seems like they are together.

Max tweets about a festival and amber says max would rather party that be with her. I was sad that Jax is done but realized they must not have cared that much for each other if they can move on so fast. For all we know, nobody stayed together. Personally, I think they do a good job at hiding who is dating whom, but you can definitely tell who is friends with whom.

Amber deserves someone who will treat her like the queen she is.

Dating Amber review — sweet and convincing fake-relationship rom‑com

Skip to Content. Characters grow to become proud of themselves through courage, teamwork, and friendship. Some bullying including of a homophobic nature. Their mothers are empathetic, understanding, and supportive.

Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland funded Dating Amber, which was produced by Rachael O’Kane and John Keville.

Well, for the first half anyway. According to personal preference, you may consider that a serious weakness or strength in what might otherwise come across as yet one more frothy tale of bigotry and coming out in Ireland in the 90s. The set-up is recognisable from other recent comedy offerings that deal with growing up and being true to yourself, including Sing Street , Sex Education Netflix and Normal People.

Eddie, by contrast, dreams of conformity. He wants to join the army, thereby following in the footsteps of his dad, who is a career soldier and officer. Even a dangerous transgression. Every single classmate, boy and girl alike, is obsessed not only with doing it, but doing it in the most performative way possible.

David Freyne’s ‘Dating Amber’ to debut on Amazon Prime Video in June

Amber revealed it was because they both find relationships difficult, and putting their feelings into a song was difficult. Funny story about that song, the producer Gen, who is my singing coach and basically my mentor for everything, he actually wrote this song in or and he said he was going to trash it. We actually had to change the song three to four times before it is what it is today.

Everyone thinks we sound so good together.

Amber and Vito dated in They began dating in May that year before first went public with their romance in July at the Wimbledon Championships in London.

Eddie is frequently mocked for his lack of success with the opposite sex and Amber is ridiculed for her indifference to the status quo. They appear as polar opposites — Eddie wants to join the Irish Army to create a new family tradition and Amber wants to move to London to live an anti-establishment life. To prevent their secret becoming public knowledge in school, they pretend to be a couple and they must navigate their new status together.

There is lots to enjoy in Dating Amber, especially the acting. More importantly, Freyne setting this film in carries socio-political relevance. With Ireland only legalising homosexuality in , these two characters are still nervous to accept and embrace their sexualities. Eddie is determined to follow his father in joining the army and the masculine archetype he chooses means his internal homophobia is more volatile.

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Peer pressure. Being a teenager is hard enough already without having to also conceal who you truly are — amidst the chaotic environment of school. How are you? Congratulations on Dating Amber — the concept is so brilliant. I love the alternative arc on a rom-com — what first attracted you to the script?

Dating Amber review – witty Irish coming-of-age yarn. A lesbian teen and her gay friend couple up for cover in s Kildare in David Freyne’s.

It’s set only two years after homosexuality became legal, and the newspapers and television screens are filled with debate about the impending referendum on whether divorce should be made legal. Coming out on Amazon Prime, the film has the blessing of starring Fionn O’Shea , who has become something of a sensation following his starring turn in the BBC television phenomenon Normal People. O’Shea is the bright spark here, playing Eddie, who desperately wants to fit in. He pretends to like girls at school and is training with the cadets, as he wants to please his dad by joining the army.

The story is loosely based on Freyne’s own experience while growing up in the military barracks area in Kildare. While there is definitely an aim to give his female counterpart, Amber Lola Petticrew , an equal share of the story, it’s perhaps unavoidable, given his own experience, that Freyne has more empathy with Eddie, and gives him a more complex storyline. Eddie is filled with angst and is in complete denial about his sexuality, whereas Amber is more matter-of-fact, accepting her situation and making plans to escape.

In tone, it is more reminiscent of s American adolescent tales, especially in the quirky storytelling style, which is happy to be hyper-realistic and embrace surrealistic elements, especially when dishing out jokes. One particular moment of hilarity comes as the class watch a sex-education video told from the perspective of a Catholic nun.

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See the gallery. Two school friends decide to start a pretend straight relationship in an effort to fit in. This is quite a refreshingly clever coming-of age story with Fionn O’Shea “Eddie” and Lola Petticrew “Amber” as two gay teenagers who hit upon the perfect ploy to make sure they are left in peace by their classmates: they decide to date each other! Their cunning plan deceives all their mates and even engenders quite a bit of jealousy from some of his pals whilst giving them a perfect cover.

DATING AMBER is a hilarious coming-of-age comedy set in Ireland in the mid-​90s. Things begin to unravel when two closeted teens – Eddie and Amber, decide​.

I liked this. Quietly slipped onto the Amazon Prime Video service over the weekend, Dating Amber has the constituent ingredients of a romcom, but not that much intent of following the recipe to the letter. What we have instead is a sweet, moving, witty and moving coming of age tale, in romcom-ish clothing. The sex education video involves a nun and some rather odd hand gestures. The playground is a cauldron of bravado and homophobia. In fact, the first part of the film is frontloaded with plenty of laughs.

Dating Amber: A Breath of Fresh Air… Mostly.

At first they bicker, but they soon get together. They reach a deeper understanding. There is a crisis in the final act that risks dissolution and triggers a metaphorical race to the departure gate. You know how it goes.

f(x)’s Amber talks about her mixtape “Rogue Rouge” and how the tracks “Right Now” and “Get It Out” relate to her past relationships and love.

It feels natural to us. She said: “Marriage and children, I take marriage very seriously. We are not talking about that in any way! As a woman, I want to say that I hope this guy is actually a good guy and maybe something can come from it. We want to get in relationships to see if something comes from it. On Teen Mom OG , Amber and Dimitri, 39, appeared to have a whirlwind relationship, but Amber explained that the two actually took it slow after her relationship with the father of her son James, 1, ended in July I have been talking to him for almost eight months.

With reality television, you only have so many episodes you can put things together. After my relationship ended last summer, I was pretty broken and not looking for anything. Once I realized it was definitely over, I became more open to the idea of meeting someone. Amber explained how he met her daughter Leah, 11, with ex Gary Shirley a month after he came to America. That was the biggest concern that I had.

I really respected that and respected what she had to say and what my family had to say.

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