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Shelter (II) (2007)

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When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.



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Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach spends his days working a dead-end job and helping his needy sister care for her son. In his free time he surfs, draws and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe, who lives on the wealthy side of town. When Gabe's older brother, Shaun, returns home, he is drawn to Zach's selflessness and talent. Zach falls in love with Shaun while struggling to reconcile his own desires with the needs of his family. Written by bill stephens

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 April 2009 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

De repente, Califórnia  »

Box Office

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$3,464 (USA) (21 March 2008)


$142,666 (USA) (20 June 2008)

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Trevor Wright, Ross Thomas and Albert Reed already knew how to surf before the filming of this movie. See more »


When Shaun walks past Zach in the back of Zach's truck ("Just leave it, dude"), Shaun is carrying his long board. When he is running to the surf and first meets Cody, he is carrying a different, shorter board. This is only time in the film that Shaun uses anything other than a long board. See more »


Zach: I can't just take whatever I want. My life is not like that. You'll never get what you want unless you take it.
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The anti-Brokeback?
16 June 2007 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of Brokeback Mt., but I saw a screening of this film at the SF Gay and Lesbian Film Festival tonight and loved it as much as BBM and in some ways appreciated it more. At the Q & A after the screening the producer mentioned that the production company exec who green-lighted the project said he wanted to make "the anti-Brokeback," and in this I think they have succeeded magnificently. This is a genuine, heartfelt story about gay love minus all the tragedy and shattered lives. Which isn't to say there's no drama... Let's just say that some characters in the story have some problems, but mostly they're not a direct result of the love story at the film's core. For my money the acting (with avowed heterosexuals playing the gay roles, as in BBM) was more convincing, the kissing more natural, the sex scenes extremely sexy and moving; another milestone in the realistic portrayal of gay love and sex. The family setting provided a context that allowed one man's coming out story to be just one among many changes all families go through together while simultaneously putting some evil homophobic stereotypes to bed, you should pardon the expression, rather than dwelling on them as in BBM. Bravo to the filmmakers and excellent cast, and I hope you get a chance to see it soon if you weren't lucky enough to be among the 1400 people at the Castro theater tonight. Oh, and the lead actors are drop dead gorgeous and playing surfers. Enough said.

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