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Gray Matters (2006)

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They finish each other's sentences, dance like Fred and Ginger, and share the same downtown loft--the perfect couple? Not exactly. Gray and Sam, are a sister and brother so compatible and inseparable that people actually assume they are dating. Mortified, they both agree they must branch out and start searching for love. He'll look for a guy for her and she'll look for a gal for him.

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Sue Kramer

Writer:

Sue Kramer (as Susan Kramer)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Graham ... Gray Baldwin
Bridget Moynahan ... Charlie Kelsey
Tom Cavanagh ... Sam Baldwin
Molly Shannon ... Carrie
Rachel Shelley ... Julia Barlett
Bill Mondy ... Jordan Phillips
Don Ackerman ... Conrad Spring
Warren Christie ... Trevor Brown
Alan Cumming ... Gordy
Sissy Spacek ... Dr. Sydney
Campbell Lane ... Harry
Samantha Ferris ... Elaine
Tim Perez ... Roberto (as Timothy Paul Perez)
Benjamin Ratner ... Derek
April Telek ... Lana Valentine (as April Amber Telek)
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Storyline

Gray and Sam are brother and sister and best friends, flatmates in New York City, where she creates ad campaigns and he's a surgery intern. Their social life is too insular, so they head to a dog park so Sam can, maybe, meet a woman. He does - Charlie - a zoologist new in the city; he likes her immediately, and the feeling seems mutual. As the three of them spend time together, what if Gray's feelings for Charlie aren't just sisterly? Not only might this explain her solitary life, but it could lead to real dilemmas - with Charlie (who's sweet, but a bit opaque) and with Sam. No advice comes from Gray's therapist, but a co-worker and a cab driver give theirs. Can Gray sort things out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A romantic comedy about a brother, a sister and the girl of their dreams.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic material, sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site and blog

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 2007 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota dos meus Sonhos See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,711, 25 February 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,619, 11 March 2007
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Cavanagh and Graham have both seperately apappeared on US sitcom Scrubs, however they do not share any scenes together. See more »

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When Gray and Sam are riding in the cab driven by Gordy, the flag on the meter hasn't been pulled; you'll see this because the fare on the meter stays locked on 2.00 See more »

Quotes

Gray: You don't know what it's like. One day you're one thing and the next day you realize you're something else. I feel like I'm Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" and I'm in this new land and I want to go home but something is telling me maybe this is my home. Maybe I shouldn't click my heels three times; maybe I should just stay here and be nauseas with the Munchkins.
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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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El Besito
Written by O.L. Morejon
Performed by Los Corales
Courtesy of LMS Records
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well-intentioned but implausible romantic comedy
24 August 2007 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

While watching "Gray Matters" - which marks the film-making debut of writer/director Sue Kramer - I kept wondering if maybe I hadn't somehow stumbled back into "Puccini for Beginners," a movie I'd seen a few weeks earlier, since both are oddly similar, equally implausible tales of Manhattan yuppies involved in romantic triangles of the bisexual kind.

Gray and Sam are siblings who not only live in the same apartment and spend most of their free time together but are so emotionally attached to one another that people often mistake them for a romantic couple. As if that weren't queasy enough, the screenplay ups the ante by having the hitherto heterosexual Gray suddenly "discover" she's a lesbian when she falls for Sam's gorgeous new wife, Charlie (yes, I know all this can be a bit confusing, but Charlie is a woman).

As with "Puccini," most of what happens in "Gray Matters" feels contrived and artificial. We don't believe for a second that two seemingly rational people like Sam and Charlie would become engaged after only a single date, or that even an indecisive ditz like Gray would be this in-the-dark about her own sexuality.

Thus, with so little of the storyline grounded in anything even closely resembling reality, we find ourselves detached from the characters and indifferent to their fates. That's no denigration of the lead players - Heather Graham, Thomas Cavanaugh and Bridget Monahan - all of whom are appealing and likable in their various roles. And there are some sharp supporting performances by Molly Shannon, Alan Cumming, and Sissy Spacek as Gray's loopy therapist (though there is a brief cameo appearance by singer Gloria Gaynor that is pure unadulterated pandering). Moreover, New York City looks all sparkly and shiny as seen through the lens of cinematographer John S. Bartley's camera.

With its countless references to 40's musicals and romantic comedies, "Gray Matters" clearly sees itself as both an homage and a throwback to the metier and style of those earlier films. But we are obviously living in different times, and the labored setups and screwball comedy devices that worked so well in the past feel pretty darned anachronistic and forced when employed today. My feeling is that if you're going to make a modern romantic comedy, one that deals with such "contemporary" issues as coming out and sexual identity, then make a movie that actually feels modern. Don't try to tuck it safely away in the past, then expect us to take any of it seriously. Despite it's taking on those relatively gutsy issues, "Gray Matters" really doesn't exist in anyone's world, and certainly not in the racially and economically diverse world of 21st Century Manhattan.

"Gray Matters" presents us with life as only those in the movies ever really live it.


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