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When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Wright ... Zach
Brad Rowe ... Shaun
Tina Holmes ... Jeanne
Jackson Wurth Jackson Wurth ... Cody
Katie Walder ... Tori
Matt Bushell ... Alan
Ross Thomas ... Gabe
Albert Reed Albert Reed ... Billy
Joy Gohring ... Ellen
Don Margolin Don Margolin ... John
Alejandro Patiño ... Moe (as Alejandro Patino)
Caitlin Crosby ... Shari
Alicia Sixtos ... Amber
Tarek Zohdy ... Gabe's Friend
Robbi Chong Robbi Chong ... Receptionist
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Storyline

Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach spends his days working a dead-end job and helping his needy sister care for her son. In his free time he surfs, draws and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe, who lives on the wealthy side of town. When Gabe's older brother, Shaun, returns home, he is drawn to Zach's selflessness and talent. Zach falls in love with Shaun while struggling to reconcile his own desires with the needs of his family. Written by bill stephens

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Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2009 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

De repente, Califórnia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,464, 23 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$142,666, 22 June 2008
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Company Credits

Production Co:

GP Pictures,here! Films See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Trevor Wright has his last name WRIGHT tattooed across his lower back which is visible in one shot of "Shelter." See more »

Goofs

When Zach goes to Shaun's house before the sex scene, he leaves the front door open. See more »

Quotes

Zach: I don't think the whole student thing's going to happen right now.
Gabe: Why, 'cause you didn't get into that art institute place? Go somewhere else.
Zach: Art institute place... Whatever, it's alright... Scholarship was my ticket.
Gabe: Well you are the king of scholarships.
Zach: Got me into your richy-rich private school.
Gabe: On the short bus every day.
Zach: [laughing] Rich fuck.
Gabe: [laughing] Fuck you, ghetto trash.
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Connections

Referenced in My Big Break (2009) See more »

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Reflection
Written by Todd Hannigan
Performed by Todd Hannigan
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Wow! Go see this...
13 March 2008 | by phoneb69See all my reviews

I saw this the other night at a screening in NYC...wasn't even going to go but decided at the last minute to go and so happy I did. This movie completely surprised me and impressed me. Wonderfully directed, great script and spot on acting. Absolutely the best gay themed movie I've seen since Brokeback Mountain and in some ways surpasses that movie. How refreshing to see a film that deals with gay characters and none of them have a disease or are all about sex. Not that there's anything wrong with that but it's about time we see more movies that represent the ENTIRE spectrum of the gay community. The situations here were believable...the two leads had actual chemistry and there was an overall realism to it that we've rarely seen on screen with gay characters. This film has absolute mainstream appeal to it...Go see it and bring your friends!


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