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Brad is nice-looking, single, gay, on the cusp of his 40th birthday, and somewhat discontent. He ogles sports jocks when they're not looking, goes on dates with guys who are miles below his desirability level, and frequently argues with his best friend Julie, who is also his sister-in-law. At a party for his parents' 45th wedding anniversary, things have just about hit the boiling point. A reunion with his best high school buddy reminds him that his friend stopped talking to him when he came out. His mother still dreams that he'll find some nice girl, and as he remarks to Julie, sometimes he just wishes that he was "normal". Not that he dislikes being gay, but he is weary of being different from the heterosexuals that surrounded him. As a gay man, I found it easy to identify with this sentiment.
Events at the party annoy him so much that he gets drunk, even though he recently gave up alcohol. Seeking some fun, he slips out of the party and drives to a local gay cruising area, where he crashes his car into a tree. As we suspect (and our suspicions are confirmed much later in the film) much of the remainder of the film is a dream sequence that plays in his mind while he lies unconscious in a hospital.Read more ›
Brad (J. Andrew Keitch in a fine film debut) is a 40-year-old closeted gay college professor in Nebraska who lives in fear of derision and is frustrated he is unable to live his life in a happy relationship. His good friend Julie (Joan Lauckner) is supportive and encourages Brad to return home for his parent's wedding anniversary. Brad does so reluctantly, finds the usual homophobic atmosphere and in a moment of weakness, drinks too much and has an auto accident. Miraculously, when he awakens, he has the appearance of a handsome high school kid and when he wanders into the world he discovers that there has been a major reversal: now it is normal to be gay and grossly distasteful to be a straight breeder. Even his parents are gay with breeder hosts for procreation purposes. Brad sees reverse discrimination now, is sought after by the high school jock Roland (Tim Hammer), enjoys the freedom of being openly gay, but meets the now new Julie and is strangely attracted to her, having to hide his new 'straight alliance' in a new closet. And the resolution of this new dilemma is the message of the film.
Everything about the idea of the film makes the viewer want to love it, and it is a sweet little diversion of a film with some thinking material about prejudices.Read more ›
What *is* "normal" anyway? That's the question explored in an extremely creative and risky screenplay writen and directed by Marc Moody, and produced by Sharon Teo, who are professors of film at University of Hawaii and University of Nebraska at Lincoln, respectively. Judging by the reviews I have seen posted elsewhere, lots of people completely missed the point of the film, not unreasonable considering the fact that this doesn't really fall into any preconceived notion you would have of gay cinema.
Brad is a forty year old (a "young 40" as he would be sure to clarify) gay college professor, who is depressed about entering middle age and still being single. At the start of the film, a colleague fixes him up with a blind date, who turns out to be the type of campy, pretentious queen that is Brad's idea of a "date from gay hell." Going home for his parents anniversary party, he runs into his sister-in-law and best confidant Julie, who tries to cheer him while Brad drones on wishing he could be young again and "normal." Leaving the party after having too much to drink, Brad is heading for the local gay cruising rest-stop, when he totals his car, but somehow manages to stumble back to his folks house and falls asleep. When he wakes up, he finds that he is back to being an 18 year old high school student, living with his parents and their respective same-sex lovers, in a world that considers same sex love to be the norm, while heterosexuality is a perversion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my cousin who was feeling different about being gay. He said it helped. I'm glad it did! I love my cousin!Published 2 months ago by AJ P
A strange out look and even though funny it had a serious message. Worth the watchPublished 13 months ago by Scott
This movie on the surface has a good premise: The main character of this story (a perpetually single, gay, 40 something year old drunk) has been thrust by circumstance into an... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ashton
This one film that was Deja Vue for me. I experienced so many things in the film as to really put me into a funk of self-pity. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Norvell J. Maher
I'm in a better position then most of the people reviewing this insofar as I didn't have to pay to watch this train wreck. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by General Pete
Rather than sit through this abysmally acted and conceived piece of garbage , I'd rather walk into any fast food joint and stick my face in the deep fryer. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Frank M. Gentile