Angus is a 1995 comedydrama film directed by Patrick Read Johnson and written by Jill Gordon. The majority of it was filmed in Owatonna, Minnesota at the Owatonna Senior High School. It stars Charlie Talbert and James Van Der Beek in their first film roles, as well as Chris Owen, Ariana Richards, and Academy Award winners George C. Scott, Kathy Bates, and Rita Moreno. The film is based on the short story A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune by Chris Crutcher, which is collected in his book Athletic Shorts Six Short Stories.
To get ready for the dance, Angus gets help not only from Troy, but also his mother, Meg Bates, and his narcoleptic grandfather, Ivan Scott. Ivan tells him about a dance move called the Irish Swoon that he claims is a guaranteed ladypleaser, but Angus fears that his largeness makes him an inept dancer and would embarrass both him and Melissa. To fix this, Ivan takes him to Madame Rulenska Moreno, where despite his best efforts, he comes out worse than before and injures her in the process. Later on, despite his request for a black tuxedo and wanting to be normal, Ivan purchases him a plum one and tells him that he can be normal and an individual at the same time. He tells him that running away to another school will not solve anything and that he needs to stand up against Rick while he still can. He also mentions that he doesnt let anyone tell him that his relationship with April Anna Thompson is a mistake because she isyears younger than him and they see each other as perfect. One day after football practice, Angus opens his locker and sees that his favorite pair of boxers is missing. He and Troy later learn with their own eyes that Rick hoisted them up the flagpole for the school to see, which then fly squarely onto Melissas face as she passes by. Angus storms home in anger, but Rick and company quickly kidnap Troy. Outside the school, they ask him for anything that would embarrass Angus at the Winter Ball. He refuses their request and tries to escape, only to break his arm as he trips to the floor while Rick gives him an ultimatum. At home, Meg tells Ivan that having Angus transfer to a magnet school would be for the best. She hates seeing him suffer another day with humiliation and does not think Ivan has the right answers. He tells her that letting Angus run away from his bullies to another school is a mistake and that he needs to stop fearing humiliation by standing up for himself. He admits he never let her run away from her problems and admires how stro