A quirky little New Zealand film about one boy’s journey to becoming a “Poofter”. Those New Zealanders know how to make a great fun-filled movie.
It’s awkward at times as Billy learns to fit into his skin. He and his cousin (Louise) who tucks her pigtail into shirt, bandages her emerging breasts down and goes by the name of Brad as she and Billy (as Lana) save the universe in their imaginary games.
Filled with beautiful, if drought stricken scenery, “50 Ways of Saying Fabulous” is a warm-hearted and well meaning coming of age and coming out story.
Billy finds a kindred spirit in Roy another boy who moves to the small town and is referred to as “the freak”. Roy and Billy form a tenuious relationship which all comes a croppa when the gorgeous Jamie shows up to help around the farm.
If you bother to count, I’m sure you’ll find the word “fabulous” is used 50 times, but the best line is left right till the end when Billy exclaims;
“Being a poofter wasn’t meant to be fabulous, but EVERYTHING blows up in your face when you are one; even though you’re just being yourself”