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Make the Yuletide Gay (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 28 May 2009 (USA)
A gay student who is "out" at college but not to his family receives an unexpected visit from his boyfriend while at home during the holidays.

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Olaf 'Gunn' Gunnunderson
Wyatt Fenner ...
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
Massimo Quagliano ...
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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Trivia

In four out of his five credited acting roles, Kevin F. Sherry played an identically named character, "Bad Sweater Guy." Also, those same four out of five acting roles, in Role/Play (2010), Make the Yuletide Gay (2009), Back Soon (2007), and Long-Term Relationship (2006), were movies which were written, produced, and directed by Rob Williams. See more »

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Olaf is home for Christmas in Wisconsin, but in just about every outdoor scene, there is green grass and leaves on all the trees, something you'd never see in Wisconsin in December. Wrongfully considered a mistake: Actually Anya explains how they moved to warmer climate to avoid the harsh Wisconsin winters. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Featured in Make the Yuletide Gay: Deleted Scenes (2009) See more »

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Good King Wenceslaus
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Arranged by Austin Wintory
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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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