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Make the Yuletide Gay (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 28 May 2009 (USA)
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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Jordan ... Olaf 'Gunn' Gunnunderson
Wyatt Fenner ... Thomas
Steve Callahan ... Professor Daniel Van Devere
Adamo Ruggiero ... Nathan Stanford
Kelly Keaton ... Anya Gunnunderson
Jim Wharton Jim Wharton ... Man in Bathroom
Ian Buchanan ... Peter Stanford
Gates McFadden ... Martha Stanford
Derek Long ... Sven Gunnunderson
Hallee Hirsh ... Abby Mancuso
Alison Arngrim ... Heather Mancuso
Massimo Quagliano Massimo Quagliano ... Diego
Kevin F. Sherry Kevin F. Sherry ... Bad Sweater Guy
Jessica Degase Jessica Degase ... College Students
Meagen Johnson Meagen Johnson ... College Students
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Olaf "Gunn" Gunnunderson, an out-and-proud gay college student, crawls back into the closet to survive the holidays with his family. He keeps his cool as his quirky Midwestern-hearted parents try to set him up with his high school sweetheart, Abby. But when his boyfriend, Nathan, shows up at their doorstep unannounced, Gunn must put on a charade to keep the relationship a secret. With pressure mounting from all sides, will Gunn come out before the truth does? Written by Anonymous

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Trivia

Anya Gunnunderson's parting line to Heather Mancuso, "So Long. And thanks for all the fish" is a tribute to Doug Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The last book in that series was "So Long. And Thanks for All the Fish." See more »

Goofs

Olaf is home for Christmas in Wisconsin, but in just about every outdoor scene, there is green grass and leaves on all the trees, something you'd never see in Wisconsin in December. Wrongfully considered a mistake: Actually Anya explains how they moved to warmer climate to avoid the harsh Wisconsin winters. See more »

Quotes

Olaf 'Gunn' Gunnunderson: Did you guys hear what I said? I'm gay.
Nathan Stanford: Um, I'm gay too if that wasn't clear. It was, ok.
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Connections

Featured in Make the Yuletide Gay: Deleted Scenes (2009) See more »

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What Child is This?
Traditional tune, lyrics by William Chatterton Dix
Arranged by Austin Wintory
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Everything You Want from Gay Themed (PG-Rated) Holiday Film!
9 August 2009 | by adam_worldSee all my reviews

Make the Yuletide Gay is not a great piece of art. This is not a film that will open on a ton of screens worldwide and earn millions of box office dollars. This is a small budget gay themed holiday film. If you go into it expecting anything more than a bunch of corny jokes and a formulaic plot, you'll be disappointed.

College student Gustav "Gun" Gunderson (Keith Jordan) is out and proud at school but is secretly not out to his eccentric Midwestern parents (Derek Long and Kelly Keaton). During the Christmas holidays he struggles to find the right time to finally tell his parents the truth. When his boyfriend Nathan's holiday plans fall through, Nathan (Adamo Ruggiero) surprises Gustav by showing up on the Gunderson home to spend the holidays. Comedy ensues.

This film explores familiar territory but it's a fun ride. Some of the jokes you see coming, but generally the script is quite clever. There are a few awkward transitions and the editing could have been a lot tighter. The camera particularly overplays Keaton as mom Anya Gunderson, lingering on her a few moments too long after each punch line. Often removing a few beats here and there would have made a lot of difference.

Keith Jordan does a fantastic job. Despite the fact this is a comedy and everything will probably turn out for the best, Jordan manages to make the "what if" fears seem real.

Degrassi-The Next Generation's Adamo Ruggiero seemed oddly uncomfortable in front of the camera during the early scenes. Initially I had trouble believing he and costar Jordan were in a long-term relationship. Ruggiero's acting steadily improves as the film progresses and eventually delivers a good performance, but he was obviously chosen to draw in an audience.

Make the Yuletide Gay is fun and light-hearted with a few good laughs. It won't become a mandatory Holiday viewing, but it is perfect for what it is. In other words, you get what you pay for.


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28 May 2009 (USA) See more »

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