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What Happens Next (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 7 February 2012 (USA)
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Paul, a closeted and self-unaware CEO in his 50's, retires and begins falling for a younger man half his age whom he meets in a dog park.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kimberly S. Fairbanks Kimberly S. Fairbanks ... Claire
Ariel Shafir ... Brian
James Duke Mason James Duke Mason ... Zack
Megan Hilty ... Ruthie
Darrin Baker ... Harry
Michael Blaustein ... Robbie the Hairdresser
David J. Bonner ... Chip
Christina Broccolini Christina Broccolini ... Sam
Bruce Campbell Bruce Campbell ... Hot Park Guy
Janet Carroll ... Gloria
Benjamin T. Cook Benjamin T. Cook ... Young Andy
Jason L. Courson Jason L. Courson ... Jason the Florist
Justin Destefano Justin Destefano ... Evan
Rappin' 4-Tay ... Driver (as Anthony Forte)
Steven Hauck ... Albert
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Storyline

At age 55, Philadelphia CEO Paul Grecco decides to make changes in his life, including the sale of his company, and that terrifies him. He was right to be terrified, because the new owners force him to retire early. His sister, Elise decides that the best things for him is a puppy she has gotten him, and dating the women that Elise sets Paul up with. It's funny though, but Paul finds himself disinterested in the women Elise fixes him up with, and oddly fascinated by a young man he meets while walking his new puppy in the park across from his condo. Paul has never really thought about dating or sex before, with anyone, so now what should he do? Written by trivwhiz

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You can't have it all.....or can you?

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Can't Have It All See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

There are several references to Parents, Families (& Friends) of Lesbians and Gays or P.F.L.A.G (PFLAG), a real international support and advocacy organization for families and friends dealing with and being supportive of gay relatives and friends. See more »

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[first lines]
Paul: [voiceover] My day starts at 6:30 AM. I don't need an alarm clock. I wake up every day and dress for my role as CEO. That means fifty tailored suits at all times. Right now I have fifty-four. Dress shirts - very important: one-twenty-eight; crisp white - always best; an occasional pale yellow or blue. Now, a tie says everything about a man. Silk. Ties should only be silk: eighty stripes; a dozen solids. Oh, and one rogue paisley my sister bought me in Palm Beach - probably hammered ...
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References Batman Begins (2005) See more »

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Love Story
Written & Produced by Nadia Ali, Ossama Al Sarraf (as Ossama Al Sarraf [Sultan]) , Ned Shepard
Keyboards: Ned Shepard
Guitar: Ossama Al Sarraf (as Ossama Al Sarraf [Sultan])
Published by Smile in Bed Publishing, Inc. (BMI), Copyright Control
Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., Ossama Al Sarraf (Socan) & Ned Shepard (Socan)
As performed by Nadia Ali
©(p) 2009 Smile in Bed, LLC. Courtesy of Smile in Bed, LLC.
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Beautiful Idea
15 November 2012 | by NSquarticsurfaceSee all my reviews

I've been waiting for this movie for a long time. It is far from stellar execution, but certainly not the worst for a low budget film. The script could be cleaned up a bit. The acting isn't great and a few shots could have used a few more takes to make them more real and believable.

Overall, I can't complain about the total experience. The main content of the film should be familiar to absolutely anyone who has been apart of a gay relationship. The reality is that different people are at different stages of coming out given any couple. This puts a strain on the relationship.

This movie explores how this can evolve and how both sides are responsible for the problems caused by having a justified unwillingness to compromise on how public the relationship should be. The pacing may feel slow to people used to blockbusters, but it suits the film just right as it lets the relationship develop and breathe at the appropriate speed considering the circumstances.

Maybe in today's age this is becoming less of an issue, but any gay couple should easily relate to and find real truth in this unique romance.


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