Everybody's Talking About Jamie has been receiving its first reviews with critics finding it 'dazzling' and 'joyful'.
Based on the hit West End musical of the same name, Everybody's Talking About Jamie tells the story of a 16-year-old teenager as he overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness to become a drag queen.
Featuring the acting talents of Richard E Grant (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley), Adeel Akhtar (Utopia), Ralph Ineson (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) and newcomer Max Harwood in the title role, the movie was previously announced to be skipping theatres for a digital-only release on Amazon Prime next month.
However, Everybody's Talking About Jamie has already premiered at OutFest in Los Angeles last week, which means the first reviews are in and are calling the movie 'dazzling' and 'joyful'.
"There's abundant joy, spirited resilience and sweet humor on tap that should be especially infectious for young LGBTQ audiences, or anyone with experience of outsider stigmatization," wrote The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, Screen Daily said: "The film radiates such positivity that the fate of the titular young man's quest hardly seems in question – it's merely a matter of how long it will take for the school bully and the uptight teacher to get with the program."
And while over at Deadline they are "not exactly sure everyone will be talking about Everybody's Talking About Jamie," they said the cast is "perfectly chosen to make this indie charmer something to see".
In particular, they said of Harwood – who never acted before landing this gig – that "he is thoroughly engaging, confident in his singing and fledgling showmanship and clearly understanding the core of this kid."
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is coming out on September 17 on Amazon Prime Video.
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