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Jeffrey (1995)

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Jeffrey, a young gay man in New York, decides that sex is too much and decides to become celibate. He immediately meets the man of his dreams and must decide whether or not love is worth ... See full summary »

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Christopher Ashley

Writers:

Paul Rudnick (play), Paul Rudnick (screenplay)
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1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Weber ... Jeffrey
Peter Jacobson ... Man #1
Tom Cayler Tom Cayler ... Man #2
David Thornton ... Man #3
Lee Mark Nelson Lee Mark Nelson ... Crying Guy
John Ganun John Ganun ... Tourist
Michael T. Weiss ... Steve Howard
Joe Dain ... Movie Theatre Guy #1 (as Joseph Dain)
Jeffrey Ross ... Movie Theatre Guy #2
Irma St. Paule ... Mother Teresa
Patrick Stewart ... Sterling
Nicky Paraiso Nicky Paraiso ... Salesman
K. Todd Freeman ... Barney's Waiter
Robert Klein ... Skip Winkley
Patti Ann O'Connell Patti Ann O'Connell ... Cheryl the Showgirl
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Jeffrey, a young gay man in New York, decides that sex is too much and decides to become celibate. He immediately meets the man of his dreams and must decide whether or not love is worth the danger of a boyfriend dying. Written by Trena Cormier <tc691278@condor.bcm.tmc.edu>

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It's Just Sex! (Germany only) See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Bryan Batt was in the Broadway musical "Cats", which is an in-joke during the movie (his character is also in the musical as well.) See more »

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When Steve shows up at Sterling and Darius' apartment, Sterling is wearing walking shoes whereas in the scenes immediately before and after, he is wearing black slip-ons. See more »

Quotes

Church Lady #1: How dare you give up sex when there are children in Europe who can't get a date?
Church Lady #2: There is only one real blasphemy - the refusal of joy! Of a corsage and a kiss!
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References Funny Girl (1968) See more »

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On the Way to Your Heart
Written by Stephen Endelman & Bob Russell
Performed by Ross Hill, Richard Hilton, Jared Barkan & Andrew Rathbun
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A funny little gem
24 January 1999 | by Teach-7See all my reviews

Contrary to most viewers, I found "Jeffrey" to be a singularly pleasant experience all the way through. It sags a bit in the middle, but then, please name a movie that doesn't?

It starts off like a protracted confessional; gay waiter Jeffrey (Steven Weber) waxing neurotic (in some telling vignettes) about the danger of having sex in the age of AIDS. He decides to work out instead. Meeting Mr. Exactly Right in the gym gives him pause, though. Especially when the guy is the delectable Steve (Michael T.Weiss), all muscle and chiseled grin. Jeffrey's friends advise him to reconsider his celibacy, and give it a go. It takes Jeffrey around 1 hour and 20 minutes of screen-time to do so. Had he succumbed to Steve right away, there would have been no movie! There is a sitcom-like feel to this story; obstructions and cracks are neatly wall-papered over in the name of light-hearted comedy. Darius' angelic reappearance towards the end smacks of opting for the easy way out. How else would Jeffrey have seen the error of his ways? It's the least convincing scene in the movie. Still, everything else is both funny and touching. The fantasy game-show is nice, the "Hoe- Down for AIDS" is a scathingly funny piss-take on charity-events, while Sterling's banter and relentless quips are wonderful:

"Martha Stewart says that as long as you can make a nice, dried flower arrangement - nothing else matters!!

Darius is a believable character, Steve is the hunk of the year, and although Steven Weber doesn't set the room on fire as Jeffrey, I found him to be exactly in character. After all, Jeffrey is SUPPOSED to be a rather ordinary guy. Why Steve would go for him, though, is a bit of a mystery. Their subsequent affair would make for an interesting sequel. It would probably all turn sour in the end. Then again...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1995 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$185,909, 6 August 1995

Gross USA:

$3,487,767

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,487,767
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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