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Like You Mean It (2015)

When Mark commits to falling back in love with Jonah, he is forced to look at himself with unprecedented courage and honesty.

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Mark J. Freeman ... (as Mark Freeman)
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Beth Griswold ... Wedding Guest
Lucy Karner ... Lily
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James Konstantinidis ... Wedding Guest
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When Mark commits to falling back in love with Jonah, he is forced to look at himself with unprecedented courage and honesty. Written by Philipp Karner

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The World Premiere for "Like You Mean It" was at Outfest - Los Angeles' Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, held at the Directors Guild of America, on July 10 2015, with a Q&A following the screening including both male leads; Denver Milord and Philipp Karner, who was also the Director and Writer. See more »

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Thoughtful drama of a gay couple at a crossroads.
17 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is a good film. On the surface it is about a gay couple struggling to stay together, but it is actually about one-half of this couple.

Mark, played by LIKE YOU MEAN IT'S writer/director, Philipp Karner, doesn't merely have difficulty committing, he has increasing difficulty communicating with anyone. His character is interesting, especially in that, as a professional actor, auditioning generally for voice-over assignments, he must use a wide variety of voices. That English is not his native language, and though he has mastered an infinite variety of American accents, he is finding himself unable to continue.

Jonah, his boyfriend, played by Denver Milord, is a struggling musician. What is very subtle about this movie is that it shows us typical tensions a gay couple experiences but demonstrates a unique element: Post-traumatic stress disorder. Jonah, an intelligent man, is helpless to reach Mark, whose relationship to his estranged father is the backdrop to this couple's crisis.

It is well-acted and photographed, and unlike a lot of movies which have entertainers as main characters, it shows what they do. We see that Mark isn't just an actor down on his luck. We see him auditioning and we realize he's good. When Jonah sings to Mark one night, at Mark's request, we are shown that he is good and that he is doing the sort of music heard today. This adds to the realism.

LIKE IT IS is as thoughtful as any story by John Updike or Joyce Carol Oates. The short story may be the form which has most influenced this film. In my view, that is a plus.


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