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All the Rage (1997)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 11 September 1998 (USA)
ALL THE RAGE takes a satirical and poignant look at one gay man's obsessive pursuit of physical, sexual, and romantic perfection. Christopher Bedford is everyone's fantasy. He's gorgeous, ... See full summary »

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Roland Tec

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Roland Tec (based on the stage play "A Better Boy"), Roland Tec (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Cook Will Cook ... Shower Guy #2
Ben Robbins Ben Robbins ... Shower Guy #1
Daniel Olsen ... Shower Guy #4
Josh Hutnak Josh Hutnak ... Shower Guy #5
Timothy Steiner Timothy Steiner ... Shower Guy #3
John-Michael Lander John-Michael Lander ... Christopher Bedford
Kate Kelly Kate Kelly ... Lori, Larry's Secretary
Jay Corcoran ... Larry
Molly Purves Molly Purves ... Francine, Christopher's secretary
Peter Bubriski Peter Bubriski ... Tom
Paul Outlaw Paul Outlaw ... Dave
David Vincent David Vincent ... Stewart
Merle Perkins Merle Perkins ... Susan
Monica Tosches Monica Tosches ... Realtor #1
Diane W. Saunders Diane W. Saunders ... Realtor #2
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ALL THE RAGE takes a satirical and poignant look at one gay man's obsessive pursuit of physical, sexual, and romantic perfection. Christopher Bedford is everyone's fantasy. He's gorgeous, young, clever, rich, and above all, totally buffed and every boy in Boston seems to want him. At thirty-one, he's gliding through life, celebrating himself as the 90's gay playboy ideal, without ever realizing what a mess he's become. Written by Kelly Lawman

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated
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USA

Language:

English

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11 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Solteirão See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,508, 18 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$97,433, 1 November 1998
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1.66 : 1
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See it, but know that it has problems
2 November 1998 | by iago-6See all my reviews

This movie IS poorly acted and put together, but it's unique in its subject matter, and I think that makes it worth seeing.

This is supposedly a satire of the shallowness of certain types of gays (they're called "twinks," "Gym Bunnies" and "Chelsea Boys" where I am) who are rich, overly groomed and superficial. It follows one guy, a shallow heartbreaker, as he falls in love with someone not of his "class."

A HUGE problem is the acting. I felt that a lot of the lines would have been funny if the actors could have sold them well. With a satire like this, the actors need to go at lines like "Are you telling me you dated someone who doesn't work out?" with absolutre sincerity, but what we get is a sort of "I'm just an actor, I'm not really like this, see" kind of irony. It kills the entire script. Lines that were funny when I read them in a review are absolutely flat on screen. One gets the impression the director asked his friends to be in the movie, and the result is the slightly embarrassed feeling of watching community theater.

Thematically, the movie is VERY tame. It doesn't really go far in satirizing its characters, and ends up in some ways reinforcing their viewpoints. A character who is not rich and doesn't work out is seen as SO DIFFERENT it's SHOCKING that our main character would even BE SEEN with him! So much for embracing diversity, huh? Near the end our protagonist is upbraided for not calling a guy when he said he would and basically being a playboy. Since when is this a crime in gay circles? Did he say he was a virgin and that they would be married? The effect one leaves the theater with is oe of those superficial types saying (and we've all heard it) "Oh I'm so superficial, it's awful" when you know they don't really mean it and won't change. I was curious to see WHO would go to see this movie, and was disappointed to see it's the very audience the movie pretends to criticize. They seemed absolutely unfazed.

But the fact that this movie DOES examine these attitudes at all I think makes it worth a viewing. It's one of those that's better to talk about than to sit through. And, if you're attracted to those kinds of hairless chiseled body types, there is ample chest on display... though if you're seeing the film for that reason, anything it has to say, I suspect, would be irrelevant to you.

--- Check out website devoted to bad, cheesy and gay movies: www.cinemademerde.com


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