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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'

Genres:

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:

Official site

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Adam: Yeah, he is a shrink. I think he knows more about this stuff than us. He has a degree. We just have Oprah.
Rhonda: Oprah has made it impossible for me to have a close relationship with anyone besides Oprah.
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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 Funny Girl (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Obsession
Written by Holly Knight and Michael Des Barres
Courtesy of Mike Chapman Publishing Enterprises
Performed by Animotion
Courtesy of The Island Def Jame Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Timely, Wonderful, Life and Love Affirming
19 January 2006 | by CastroCub05See all my reviews

I saw this film in Palm Springs at the Film Festival and I have to say that I have never seen a movie like it. It is groundbreaking in the fact that it is not self consciously moralizing or preaching about the 'gay' experience. It deals with the day to day of a grown up relationship between two people who are trying to learn how to love, just like most of us have or had, yet still deals with tough subjects like gay bashing, drug abuse and sexual compulsion, but not in a preachy way.

Many people in the audience applauded when someone thanked the director for a 'romantically optimistic ending', alluding to the tragic ending of Brokeback Mountain, which is, of course, made entirely by straights seeming to take pity on our plight as eternal martyrs.

There were no martyrs here, just a lot laughs and genuine chemistry between Adam & Steve. They didn't even beat each other up once! This movie is the future of gay cinema, I hope. You left the theater and hoped that someday you might fall in love, that's rare - and that isn't how Brokeback left me, which was completely depressed, feeling like a victim.

I hope it comes to San Fran.


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