What the Critics Say

American Primitive (aka Wild About Harry) is the 'why' that drove early activists like Harvey Milk and the Stonewall demonstrators to demand equality. It's a film about the struggle to redefine a peaceful, safe home against hatred, misunderstanding and family law at the time when homosexuality was classified as mental illness.

Set in 1973, this indie gem personalizes the mistrust, alienation, and prejudice that same-sex families still fight against today. “ -- THE HUFFINGTON POST

“American Primitive is a beautifully crafted, character driven film inspired by true events... 'Harry,' flawlessly played by Tate Donovan... featuring a brilliant cast, that includes teen favorite Josh Peck, Susan Anspach... this is a powerful, vibrant film...”

It is an important piece of work that will help shed light on one of the preeminent issues of our time: the place of family and same-sex relationships in our culture.”


“With powerful performances that are alternately comic and moving, American Primitive underscores the complex emotions surrounding an issue that was once shrouded in silence and shame.” --SEATTLE.BSIDE

“Director Gwen Wynne brings a novel perspective to her feature film debut... the byplay between the two sisters (Danielle Savre, Skye McCole Bartusiak) is fresh and funny. {Josh} Peck brings a lot of energy and heart to his portrayal.”


“American Primitive... Director Gwendolyn Wynne helms this autobiographical tale, of a widower for whom, being with the man he loves, comes with the very real risk, at that time and in many places still today, of losing his children. Told from the perspective of teenage daughter 'Madeline,' American Primitive eschews clichés, looks beautiful, and features remarkable performances by nearly all the cast members.

With stars like Tate Donovan (Damages) and Adam Pascal (Rent), not to mention a surprisingly adept dramatic turn from Stacey Dash (Clueless), American Primitive is certain to be a popular film and a likely candidate for a theatrical distribution...film’s real standout is 20-year-old star Danielle Savre, who should find more film work in her future.” -- THE ADVOCATE