While at first their relationship is just for show, they soon become inseparable as they finally have a friend they can truly be themselves with.
For Amber this allows her to start exploring her sexuality more openly but Eddie becomes even more scared of his family and classmates finding out.
In a small Irish town in 1995, Eddie (Fionn O’Shea) and Amber (Lola Petticrew) face a barrage of homophobic taunts at school because of their lack of interest in the opposite sex.
When Amber realises that Eddie, like herself, is hiding the fact that he really is gay, she suggests they pretend to date each other, just until school is over.
Amber dreams of running away to London and opening an anarchist bookshop while Eddie is determined to join the army to make his officer father Ian (Barry Ward) proud.
Camera IconEddie and Amber pretend to date in Dating Amber. Credit: Supplied
In the vein of TV shows like Derry Girls and Moone Boy, Dating Amber utilises the Irish dry dark sense of humour to hilarious effect.
A fantastic cast, including Catastrophe star Sharon Horgan as Eddie’s mum Hannah, show off their range as broad comedy morphs into something much darker and emotional.
The film focuses on the internalised homophobia felt by Eddie who reacts violently to feelings he does not want to have.
Contrasting this with the way Amber embraces her sexuality shows how varied the experience of coming out can be.
The film is based on the personal experience of writer director David Freyne, yet at times the script leans into the cliché, particularly towards the end.
At heart Dating Amber is a platonic love story, a celebration of friendship and finding the person who lets you be your authentic self.
Dating Amber (MA)
Director: David Freyne
Starring: Fionn O’Shea, Lola Petticrew, Sharon Horgan
Three and a half stars