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Griff wants to maintain just a superficial relationship with his all-gay boyfriend, who gets seriously wounded in a gay bashing.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Chilson Daniel Chilson ... John 'Griff' Griffith
Niklaus Lange Niklaus Lange ... Todd Bentley
Don Handfield ... Pete Bradley
Linna Carter ... Denetra Washington
Seabass Diamond Seabass Diamond ... Matthew 'Doogie' McDougal
Lesley Pedersen ... Heather (as Lesley Tesh)
Ryan Tucker Ryan Tucker ... Gary Buchanan
Nicki Aycox ... Gretchen (as Nicki Lynn Aycox)
Laura Fox Laura Fox ... Mrs. Bradley
Kevin Patrick Wright Kevin Patrick Wright ... Mr. Bradley (as Kevin P. Wright)
Matt Steveley Matt Steveley ... Stewart 'Stewy' Hanson
David Tuchman David Tuchman ... Logan Franklin
Nick Spano Nick Spano ... Bozzy (as Nick Fortunato Spano)
Jess Martell Jess Martell ... Scotty
Katrina Holden Bronson Katrina Holden Bronson ... Rachel


Griff wants to maintain just a superficial relationship with his all-gay boyfriend, who gets seriously wounded in a gay bashing.

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Release Date:

9 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desafiando la gravedad See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Boom Pictures Inc. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Several scenes that were filmed ended up on the cutting room floor. The news clip report of Todd's bashing that was viewed by the fraternity originally included an interview with Sam, the coffeehouse "community action patrol" activist clad in pink. The scene would have identified and established the name of the character with audiences. As it ended up, Sam is never addressed by name. See more »


When Griff leaves Pete's house at the beginning of the movie, he opens the front door in bare feet, then comes out of the front door in white socks. See more »


John 'Griff' Griffith: Because you didn't know she felt the same way about you... or if she did, for some reason it wasn't okay... thought that people wouldn't like it. And one day, after months, years, it's just another day, nothing special, just the two of you. For some reason everyone's out of the house. You can't turn back, you can't let go, you can't stop - as if you were one person, defying gravity, together.
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »


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24 May 2004 | by majikstlSee all my reviews

Griff's a frat boy. So is Pete. Griff and Pete are lovers. Griff still wants to be seen as straight; so does Pete, though Pete is on the verge of coming out. Griff doesn't like being pressured. But when Pete is injured in a gay bashing, Griff is forced to decide on which side of the fence he must ultimately stand.

DEFYING GRAVITY is like one of those moralistic religious shows they used to show on Sunday mornings, mini-soap operas like "Insight" where average people found themselves facing difficult choices. Only in GRAVITY, religion is avoided and gay sex has been added. It is sincere. It is sweetly, naively philosophical in its morality. It is likable, but it is simplistic. It is about a man who wants to do the right thing, but has to muster up the moral courage to sacrifice his comfortable life in order to do it. DEFYING GRAVITY is vanilla, both sexually and dramatically. As Griff and Pete, Daniel Chilson and Don Handfield are boy-next-door handsome and kid brother cute. Their sex is PG rated. They are given a mutual best friend (Niklaus Lange) who is unmistakably straight to let us know that it is all right to be gay friendly. Griff's coming to terms with his sexuality is aided by a lesbian acquaintance (Linna Carter) who is black, to better identify being gay with being marginalized. It is all a bit too predictable.

Yet, the film is sincere and it is well acted, especially by Chilson who underplays his part with the right amount of repressed, middle-class indecisiveness. And the film's most honest revelation is noting that most great changes in life come after slow deliberation and soul searching.

DEFYING GRAVITY is feather weight, though it hardly defies gravity. But as it comfortably sets there taking up space, it is pleasant and inoffensive and delivers it message with utmost politeness. That may make it seem inconsequential, but since most gay films wallow in angry ranting or outrageous camp, GRAVITY's low-key thoughtfulness makes it a little bit different and a little bit special.

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