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Adam & Steve (2005)

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Follows two New York city couples -- one heterosexual and one gay who explore the peaks and the valleys of their respective relationships.

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Craig Chester

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Craig Chester
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm Gets ... Steve Hicks
Cary Curran Cary Curran ... Cary / Cherry Dazzle
Craig Chester ... Adam Bernstein
Parker Posey ... Rhonda
Noah Segan ... Twink
Sally Kirkland ... Mary
Jackie Beat Jackie Beat ... Herself
Mario Diaz ... Orlando
Lisa Frederickson Lisa Frederickson ... Fiona
Sandy Martin ... Biker Chick
Michael Panes ... Lou
Jennifer Echols ... Triage Nurse
Jack Guzman ... Security Guard
Chris Kattan ... Michael
Maxine Prescott Maxine Prescott ... Elderly Lady
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Storyline

Teenage Goth couple Adam and Rhonda are club hopping when Adam spots a dancer he is immediately attracted to. Taking the dancer home, Adam is introduced to drugs by him, but their sexual escapade is interrupted by an embarrassing episode and the dancer leaves quickly. Years later Adam accidentally stabs his dog and brings him to a hospital where he is treated by a psychiatrist who once studied veterinary medicine. The doctor (Steve) and Adam start dating and fall in love. Rhonda, who has stayed Adam's close friend through the years, begins to date Steve's straight roommate at the same time. Months later Steve realizes that Adam was the Goth teenager with whom he had the embarrassing encounter, and breaks off the relationship, afraid that Steve will reject him when he finds out the truth. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Taglines:

the tempting new comedy from the producers of 'Latter Days'

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language, drug use and some crude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 2007 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Adam i Stiv See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,429, 2 April 2006

Gross USA:

$309,384, 16 July 2006
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Funny Boy Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The flashback in the beginning of the film takes place in 1987. The remaining film takes place in 2005. See more »

Quotes

Rhonda: [She of the formally fat] What're doin'? I can't eat that! One pie is like an appitiser to me, I eat that and I unleash the beast!
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Alternate Versions

The DVD release of the film contains several deleted and extended scenes with commentary from writer/director/star Craig Chester. The scenes are included in the film's novelization, also written by Chester. Most of the scenes were cut for time. The scenes featured on the DVD are:
  • An extended version of Adam's (Chester) opening visit to the support group
  • Adam saves Rhonda (Parker Posey) from a relapse into her food addiction at a barbecue restaurant
  • Adam recounts to Steve (Malcolm Gets) a sexual experience he had with a mime
  • Adam and Steve get ready to go country dancing
  • An extended version of the party at Steve's apartment, including more scenes with Jeff and Jeff's adopted daughter Ling-Ling
  • An extended version of Michael (Chris Kattan) telling Adam about Steve's past
  • Adam and Steve have a fight after Steve's party
  • An extended version of the dinner party with Adam, Steve, and Steve's parents
  • Michael wakes up to find Steve is not home and realizes he doesn't know how to operate without him (he tries to make coffee and realizes he doesn't know how)
  • Rhonda and Michael make out when Michael tempts Rhonda with a pie, which promptly ends up covering them both (Craig Chester admits that the scene was cut due to massive technical difficulties in staging it)
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Connections

References Terms of Endearment (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Love, Love, Love
Music and Lyrics by Roddy Bottum
Performed by Courtney Love
Published by Roddy Bottum Publishing
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If you don't like romantic comedies, why do you review them?
19 August 2006 | by eslgr8See all my reviews

I'm getting really tired of people who don't like a particular film genre giving bad reviews of movies belonging to that genre. I don't like gory horror films, so I wouldn't review (or see) something like Hostel or Saw. But somehow people (and reviewers) delight in putting down romcoms, not because there's anything wrong with the films, but because it would have to be something absolutely extraordinary to even merit a "satisfactory" from them.

That's why it pisses me off that Adam and Steve hasn't gotten the critical acclaim that it deserves. I honestly feel that most of the bad reviews were of people predisposed to dislike it just as they'd be predisposed to dislike any new romantic comedy, gay or straight. (That's not to say that it hasn't gotten its fair share of good reviews, and deservedly so!)

Yes, the romantic comedy genre has been done and done again, and not always well, but I can count the number of GAY romantic comedies on the fingers of one hand. All Over the Guy, and Adam and Steve, and...? How many others follow the formula of two people who meet cute, fall in love, face some kind of crisis, and then overcome it in a tear and laughter filled climactic scene? Yes, I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for a good romcom. I can see While You Were Sleeping any day of the week. But as a gay man I've been cheated of this genre, always having to superimpose my own boy/boy couple over the boy/girl couple in the film.

Adam and Steve is the film I (and others I'm sure) have been waiting for. One of the funniest (admittedly crude at times, Thank you Farrely bros) and at the same time most gloriously romantic romcoms ever, and this time it's a boy meets boy, boy loses boy, boy gets boy back story! The chemistry between Craig Chester and Malcolm Gets is palpable, and thank you openly gay hero Chester for casting another gay man to play opposite. As Chester says in the film commentary, he and Gets don't have to worry about "playing gay" but can simply play the characters, and when they are in bed together or sharing a romantic moment (lots of kissing in this film), you don't have to wonder if they felt odd or uncomfortable. It's obvious that they didn't and don't.

Parker Posey and Chris Kattan are along for the ride, Ms. Posey giving yet another lovable quirky performance that's made her the indie queen, and Mr. Kattan showing himself a real actor and real person, something that his usual over the top roles don't allow him to do.

If you don't like romantic comedies, don't see this movie. But if you're like me, someone who loves the genre but has felt cheated out of his own romcom, by all means BUY the DVD because this is a movie you'll be watching again and again.


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