The only thing anyone seems to know about Sumida is what they project onto him. But this is a comedy and to me it totally served it's purpose and kept me entertained and amused throughout. To the delight of his father, who always waited for normal 'teen rebellion' and knavish womanizing, Peter now rushes trough phases of 'growing up' sexually, with the benefits of adult body and income but without normal experience, confusing him, his crushes and his male friends. Written by The Late Bloomer made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. When his doctors discover a pituitary tumor that has delayed his onset of puberty for 15 years, Pete undergoes what would normally be years of puberty in a matter of weeks. Will a kiss from one or the other get the heart orchid to finally bloom? Botanist, Jenny Taft, has traveled all over the world with her boyfriend, Owen, in search of the rare heart orchid. Didn't find his love interest particularly appealing.
Maybe I just have a penchant for pre-pubescent 30 year old's because I actually found myself having a crush on Johnny Simmons which made his angsty teenage strops particularly amusing to me. Nobuko seems open to flirtation with Sumida, but unfortunately Sumida mistakes her playful behavior for true affection rather than the superficial conversation that it really is. Occasionally, Sumida will venture out to one of Take's hardcore metal shows, but even then meeting strangers is nearly impossible due to the fact that he speaks through a voicebox and can barely be understood through the shrieking guitars and deafening feedback. Mood swings, voice changes, acne and, of course, near uncontrollable erections greet Pete as he tries to navigate life as both a horny 15 year-old kid and a 30 year-old desperate to be a complete man and get the girl of his dreams. Sumida is an enigma, a wheelchair-bound cripple who has little human contact outside of getting drunk with his health-care attendant, Take. As luck would have it, Jenny bumps into her high-school crush Shane, now a teacher at their alma mater.
In hopes of making amends for the mean prom night prank he played on her so many years ago, he now asks Jenny to accompany him to the prom he's chaperoning. Pete Newmans Johnny Simmons is a successful sex therapist whose practice is devoted to helping people re-channel their sexual impulses. Sumida acts as a mirror to the world around him, his own image hopelessly obscured by the reflections that people see when they stare at him. Then he's diagnosed with and operated for a rare, non-aggressive brain tumor, which suppressed his pituitary gland, the hormonal trigger of puberty. . I'm surprised by the negative reviews. I don't care, I loved it! One day, a young college student named Nobuko arrives to take care of Sumida as research for a school paper she's working on.
There's a myth that states that the rare flower will only bloom when a couple finds true love, but Jenny doesn't buy into it. Jenny finds herself torn between her relationship with Owen and re-kindled feelings for Shane. Perfect gentleman and psychiatric therapist Peter Newmans is assumed gay by his doting patients, female neighbors and profiteering male playmates who envy his slick way with women. Maybe that's because I'm spectacularly childish being as all the humour was of the awkward sexual kind. When Sumida proposes to Nobuko and Nobuko responds by spending more time with Take, the rage that has been building in Sumida all these years finally takes over. When Jenny heads out to California to assist her mother Eileen with the sale of her childhood home, Jenny is flooded with memories of the cruel treatment she received as a teenager. If the world that Sumida was born into cannot accept him for who he is, then he will use every ounce of his being to ensure that nothing beautiful is left in that world.
Loved his parents characters, loved his two sidekicks. . . . . . .
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