Being Different (film #6 on Campy Classroom Classics, Vol. 6 (Something Weird, 2001)). [Category: Educational]

George spends the summer butterfly hunting with a local scientist and has a great time. Unfortunately, he makes the fatal mistake of writing about it in his requisite "What I Did This Summer" school composition and his teacher reads it in front of the whole class. You can imagine how well this goes over among the other boys. George's "best friend" spends the rest of the film trying to convince him that only "creeps" hunt butterflies. The film ends inconclusively, for class discussion purposes, no doubt. There's something strangely "off" about this film. The kids have strange accents and the world they inhabit seems familiar yet alien at the same time. I puzzled over this for some time, then I finally figured it out––it's Canadian! Shows you how conscious the average American is of our neighbors to the north (OK, I'm far from average, but you get the idea). You think collecting film ephemera is strange––at least I'm not a creep who hunts butterflies! Actually, though, I'm on George's side all the way, as probably most of you readers are, I'll warrant. Creeps unite!

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.

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