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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Keith Jordan ... Olaf 'Gunn' Gunnunderson

Adamo Ruggiero ... Nathan Stanford

Hallee Hirsh ... Abby Mancuso

Kelly Keaton ... Anya Gunnunderson

Derek Long ... Sven Gunnunderson

Alison Arngrim ... Heather Mancuso

Ian Buchanan ... Peter Stanford

Gates McFadden ... Martha Stanford

Steve Callahan ... Professor Van Devere

Wyatt Fenner ... Thomas

Massimo Quagliano ... Diego
Kevin F. Sherry ... Bad Sweater Guy
Jim Wharton ... Man in Bathroom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doug Prinzivalli ... Party Guest
Austin Wintory ... Party guest

Matthew Montgomery ... Piano Player at Party (uncredited)
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Directed by
Rob Williams 
 
Writing credits
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Rob Williams  written by

Produced by
Rodney Johnson .... producer
Matthew Montgomery .... producer
Rob Williams .... producer
 
Original Music by
Austin Wintory 
 
Cinematography by
Ian McGlocklin 
 
Film Editing by
Denise Howard 
 
Casting by
Judy Cook 
 
Set Decoration by
J.T. Tepnapa 
 
Makeup Department
Ricky Flores .... key makeup artist
Jae Lee .... assistant makeup artist
Julie Mueller .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Drobinski .... assistant director
Erald Sejdini .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Scott Simmons .... product placement coordinator
Brian Winkeler .... graphic design
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rob Berrey .... key grip
Nicholas Davidoff .... steadicam operator
Josh Day .... gaffer
Jeff Fry .... additional gaffer
Paul D. Hart .... assistant camera
David Isern .... steadicam operator
Owen Jones .... best boy electric
Jaxon Woods .... first assistant camera
 
Music Department
Patrick Henthorn .... christmas carol consultant
Jake Monaco .... original songs
Austin Wintory .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Andrew Bluestone .... pre-production intern
Craig Darr .... production assistant
Mike Justice .... production assistant
Ruben Jason Layvas .... craft service
Anthony Palato .... production assistant
Aprill Winney .... script supervisor
 

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Anya Gunnunderson's parting line to Heather Mancuso, "So Long. And thanks for all the fish" is a tribute to Doug Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The last book in that series was "So Long. And Thanks for All the Fish."See more »
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Factual errors: 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:[about Abby] We dated four years ago, in High School! We're totally different people now. She's a beautician, and I'm...
Sven Gunnunderson:You're what?
Olaf 'Gunn' Gunnunderson:*Not* a beautician.
Anya Gunnunderson:[Runs fingers through Gunn's hair] You're telling me! Have Abbey give you a cut and a blow sometime, you'll be happier for it.
Olaf 'Gunn' Gunnunderson:I don't need Abbey to blow me to be happy.
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24 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Everything You Want from Gay Themed (PG-Rated) Holiday Film!, 9 August 2009
Author: adam_world from Canada

Make the Yuletide Gay is not a great piece of art. This is not a film that will open on a ton of screens worldwide and earn millions of box office dollars. This is a small budget gay themed holiday film. If you go into it expecting anything more than a bunch of corny jokes and a formulaic plot, you'll be disappointed.

College student Gustav "Gun" Gunderson (Keith Jordan) is out and proud at school but is secretly not out to his eccentric Midwestern parents (Derek Long and Kelly Keaton). During the Christmas holidays he struggles to find the right time to finally tell his parents the truth. When his boyfriend Nathan's holiday plans fall through, Nathan (Adamo Ruggiero) surprises Gustav by showing up on the Gunderson home to spend the holidays. Comedy ensues.

This film explores familiar territory but it's a fun ride. Some of the jokes you see coming, but generally the script is quite clever. There are a few awkward transitions and the editing could have been a lot tighter. The camera particularly overplays Keaton as mom Anya Gunderson, lingering on her a few moments too long after each punch line. Often removing a few beats here and there would have made a lot of difference.

Keith Jordan does a fantastic job. Despite the fact this is a comedy and everything will probably turn out for the best, Jordan manages to make the "what if" fears seem real.

Degrassi-The Next Generation's Adamo Ruggiero seemed oddly uncomfortable in front of the camera during the early scenes. Initially I had trouble believing he and costar Jordan were in a long-term relationship. Ruggiero's acting steadily improves as the film progresses and eventually delivers a good performance, but he was obviously chosen to draw in an audience.

Make the Yuletide Gay is fun and light-hearted with a few good laughs. It won't become a mandatory Holiday viewing, but it is perfect for what it is. In other words, you get what you pay for.

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