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Gypsy 83

Two misfits flee small-town Ohio for New York City and find self-acceptance along the way in this 2001 debut feature by Todd Stephens. Gypsy (Sara Rue), a big gal who wants to become a singer like Stevie Nicks, and Clive (Kett Turton), a goth kid who's a closeted homosexual, forge a bond against conformity and boredom, and despite Rue's tendency to showboat, Stephens creates a nice give-and-take between the two vulnerable souls. Unfortunately the story lurches like the characters' beat-up T-bird, with long pit stops at a roadside cafe (where amateur night is hosted by karaoke chanteuse Karen Black) and a public washroom (where both Gypsy and Clive have trysts with unlikely partners), and the film's rebellious attitude wears thin long before its sentimental denouement. With John Doe as Gypsy's father, a failed rock musician. 95 min.

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