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Dog Tags (2008)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 10 April 2008 (USA)
Abandoned by his father and raised by a single mother, Nate Merritt joins the Marines to support his soon-to-be fiancée. While on leave in Palm Springs, Nate meets a seemingly free spirited... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Preiss ...
Nate Merritt
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Trish Huddle
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Deb Merritt
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Gene
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Recruiter (as Bobby Trey)
Bart Fletcher ...
Andy Forte
Chris Carlisle ...
Chris
Tanner Max Eflinger ...
Party Guest #1
Bobby Zelsdorf ...
Party Guest #2
John Koons ...
Party Guest #3
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Boy at Bar #2
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Alan
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Alan's Friend
Josh Payne ...
Pool Boy #1
Daniel Wilcox ...
Pool Boy #2
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Abandoned by his father and raised by a single mother, Nate Merritt joins the Marines to support his soon-to-be fiancée. While on leave in Palm Springs, Nate meets a seemingly free spirited young gay man, who leads him on a path of discovery--and to the surprising identity of the father he never knew. Written by From Yahoo Movies

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Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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Drama | Romance

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First film role for Paul Preiss, who portrays Nate Merritt, the lead character. See more »

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Nate discusses possibly going "AWOL". He's a Marine, so the correct term is UA, for unauthorized absence. See more »

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Deb Merritt: How am I supposed to know she'd be whoring around with everyone?
Nate: With everyone?
Deb Merritt: Yeah, she closed the bar every night since you been gone. They even named a drink after her on the happy hour menu called The Whore Bride.
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References Diff'rent Strokes (1978) See more »

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Chain Parade
Mark Kranjcec, Bryan Wagstaff, Reid Miller, Jeremy Pollack
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Too Many Problems
21 November 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This films has some very good and very competent actors. Unfortunately, the script, directing and editing don't match the caliber of acting. There was never any connection between the main characters and those around them. They just popped in and out of the story. Sure, we know how they're related to each character. But we are never shown any reason for them being in the script. Some expositional dialog only makes it worse.

The story moves way too slowly. Too many moments are built up, only to be let down by an unfulfilled scene climax. For instance (being very general so as not to give anything away) a soldier comes back from boot camp to discover something that should send him way over the top. Instead, the script has him easily dismissing this situation with nothing more than a sigh. What?????

There are too many cross shots that really don't do anything to impact the story. Such as a shot of an abandoned drive-in screen to a shot of a garage door. There's no significance to it. This is just one example. The cross shots seem to be nothing than an exercise you'd do in college while trying to discover your vision and voice as a director.

And lastly, if you're going to have a stand-in for the intimate man-on-man sex scene, at least find somebody who actually looks like your star! That guy had longer hair, long sideburns, a different profile and different body shape! It was glaringly visible that he was a mis-matched stand-in.

I would have rated this film a "1" except that the acting kept me from doing so. The actors were the only reason I watched the entire film ... over 3 nights. There's no way I could have done it at just one sitting. There are some real stand outs in this film.


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