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Dating Amber (2020)Dating Amber (2020)

Dating Amber (2020)

An Irish comedy-romance with a smart twist

Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6

movie

Ireland, Ireland UK USA Belgium

English, French

Easy, Feel-Good, Funny

2020

David Freyne

Ally Ni Chiarain, Anastasia Blake, Arian Nik

92 min

Synopsis

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. The plan seems solid, but as their arrangement begins to fall apart, Eddie’s denial gets deeper as Amber realizes that a perilous future awaits her best friend unless she intervenes.

Our Take

7.6
The Staff

This lovely comedy-romance from Ireland is about a closeted gay teen and his lesbian schoolmate who pretend to be in a relationship to avoid being bullied at their school.

This premise makes Dating Amber an original story in a genre in which that’s increasingly rare. This is added to the setting, in 1995 rural Ireland, which is executed to gorgeous perfection in everything from the clothes to the music. 

Dating Amber ends up being more coming-of-age than a comedy-romance. It’s a tale of friendship and self-acceptance.

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