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A touching tale of evolving identity and self-discovery that feels both familiar and utterly original.

Precocious teen Gil (P.J. Verhoest) loves summer vacations at the beach with his beloved grandma (Emmy winner Polly Bergen), but this year Grandma’s failing health requires a live-in caregiver. When a gay Danish male nurse, Jan (Charles Busch) arrives on the scene, Gil and Jan gradually develop a unique and poignant parent-child bond that helps them both experience personal growth.

A Very Serious Person marks the dramatic debut of legendary Charles Busch (Die, Mommie, Die, Psycho Beach Party and The Lady in Question is Charles Busch). Leaving his drag attire behind, Busch will delight fans as the efficient and protective male nurse Jan, who isn’t particularly fond of kids, but becomes attached to Gil when he realizes the boy may be gay, and is about to face a huge loss in his life.

The movie also features Julie Halston and Dana Ivey – both familiar to Sex and the City and Addams Family addicts. Newcomer Carl Andress rounds out the cast as the gay hairdresser who, to Jan’s annoyance, encourages Gil’s flamboyant tendencies.

Awards & Quotes

“Sweet . . . Busch, in direction and performance, deftly evokes the nostalgia resort-like atmosphere of Rockaway in the summer.” – Variety
“A sweet-natured coming of age tale.” – Tribeca Film Festival
(5 Stars out of 5)  Busch has crafted a film that is heartfelt, entertaining and purposeful. . . Polly Bergen is a pleasure to watch! ” – MetroWeekly
“Emotionally touching!” – Closet Cinema, Albuquerque Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
“One of the best . . . worth a look!” – FilmFestivalToday.com

Product Features


  • Commentary by Charles Busch and Carl Andress
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Closed Captioning for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
  • Bonus Short Film
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby 2.0