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Make the Yuletide Gay (2009)

 -  Comedy  -  28 May 2009 (USA)
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Olaf "Gunn" Gunnunderson, an out-and-proud gay college student, crawls back into the closet to survive the holidays with his family. He keeps his cool as his quirky Midwestern-hearted ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Jordan ...
Olaf 'Gunn' Gunnunderson
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Thomas
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Professor Daniel Van Devere
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Anya Gunnunderson
Jim Wharton ...
Man in Bathroom
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Peter Stanford
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Martha Stanford
Derek Long ...
Sven Gunnunderson
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Heather Mancuso
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Diego
Kevin F. Sherry ...
Bad Sweater Guy
Jessica Degase ...
College Students
Meagen Johnson ...
College Students
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Olaf "Gunn" Gunnunderson, an out-and-proud gay college student, crawls back into the closet to survive the holidays with his family. He keeps his cool as his quirky Midwestern-hearted parents try to set him up with his high school sweetheart, Abby. But when his boyfriend, Nathan, shows up at their doorstep unannounced, Gunn must put on a charade to keep the relationship a secret. With pressure mounting from all sides, will Gunn come out before the truth does? Written by Anonymous

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PRODUCER CAMEO: Matthew Montgomery piano player at party. See more »

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When Abby is talking to Nathan in the back yard porch swing, her hands jump from being behind her back, tucked into her lap, and fists placed on hips within split seconds, then back again. See more »

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Olaf 'Gunn' Gunnunderson: Wanna go find the other young people? Maybe they're all playing spin the bottle somewhere.
Nathan Stanford: Oooh, my favorite sport.
Olaf 'Gunn' Gunnunderson: Yeah, like you ever kissed a girl before!
Nathan Stanford: Yeah, Frieda Belluci, fifth grade.
Olaf 'Gunn' Gunnunderson: Really?
Nathan Stanford: Yup.
Olaf 'Gunn' Gunnunderson: What was that like?
Nathan Stanford: Well... you know...
[whispers]
Nathan Stanford: made me gay.
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A great film worth seeing
24 December 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I knew upon viewing the film's trailer it would be a worthwhile watch. Fortunately, the film stayed true to my expectations and even exceeded them.

It's a straightforward story in some respects as a young gay couple struggles to come to terms with one partner not yet out to family. But that aside, it's a story well told and with plenty of humor along the way.

The lead characters are strong and well-rounded and the script flows nicely too. Gunn's mother is a scene stealer on many occasions. Her wicked laugh and affection makes for plenty of interesting scenes.

Make the Yuletide Gay is not pretending to be some deep exploration of any particular issue, but instead a funny examination of the struggles some couples must face when coming out to family. It's humorous yet delicate and touching when needed.

The jokes are mostly sharp and effective. A few of the gay jokes feel a little forced at times, almost obligatory, but this is picking for holes and easily forgiven.

This film is a celebration. A celebration of Christmas and being with family while a celebration of love and being true to yourself.

The film is frothy and fluffy but that is what gives it charm and makes for a fun journey.


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