A gay student who is "out" at college but not to his family receives an unexpected visit from his boyfriend while at home during the holidays.A gay student who is "out" at college but not to his family receives an unexpected visit from his boyfriend while at home during the holidays.A gay student who is "out" at college but not to his family receives an unexpected visit from his boyfriend while at home during the holidays.
For starters: there seem to have been made some strange and awkward choices in the editing. At many, many points the movie comes to a stand-still, when the camera lingers far too long on the face of a person after he or she has said or done something. Especially at moments when comedy is intended, it's killing: it not only effects the pace but it sucks the punch out-off every punch-line! This brings me to my next reservation: there are way too many double entendres in the script, it dangerously tilts the movie to the point of below-the-belt cheapness. Sure, I laughed at some of them (even at the beaver-joke), but it annoyed me too, this movie really didn't seem to need all that.
A last negative remark to the script: although it's a comedy, there ought to be maintained - especially in this kind of situational comedy - some sort of basic feeling of reality. Here this was put to the test way too often. Can a renowned professor walk around for a whole professional career being perpetually stoned out of his wits? Are these parents (obviously from the 60's love-generation) blind as bats, not to see that their son's room-mate Nathan is gayer than gay?! Is the switch of the neighbor-girl from love-sick goody two-shoes to an almost professional foul-mouthing fag-hag not a tiny bit too abrupt and weird??
Well, anyway, now for the good things. This is without any doubt a very sympathetic, warm and sincere movie. There is, thank god, not so much a Big Message that has to be drilled-in, it just keeps close to the real-life fears of a gay adolescent who is on the brink of revealing his true self to his family: will they accept me in this new light? Will I disappoint them? Will things change between us? The script doesn't provide a big plot - like in so many other comparable coming-of-age movies - with complicated misunderstandings, plot-shifts and all kinds of side-stories; it just sort of strolls along on it's basic theme and in this way gets a nice and quiet development.
Main characters Olav and Nathan both are given a fine and convincing portrayal by Keith Jordan resp. Adamo Ruggiero. I didn't know Ruggiero, I never saw "Degrassi", he's certainly beautiful and very cute and I thought that he grew in his role; he was supposed to be the gayish extrovert of the two boyfriends, but he proved that within that stereotype he could actually find his own nuances. But I especially liked Keith Jordan, he had this subdued way of acting that only enhanced the feeling of reality, and in his seriousness he is all the more endearing.
All in all the good things far outweighed the bad, and I vote it a heartfelt 8 out of 10!
- Sep 23, 2010