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Dog Tags (2008)

Candy Clark , Amy Lindsay , Damion Dietz  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Candy Clark, Amy Lindsay, Paul Preiss, Bart Fletcher
  • Directors: Damion Dietz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ATWK2Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,501 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dog Tags" on IMDb

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Emotionally daring and bristling with powerful performances, Dog Tags explores the cost of self-discovery as two unlikely souls connect. Abandoned by his father and raised by his single mother, handsome and sexually confused Nate obligatorily joins the Marines to support his fiancée. On leave, the detached Marine meets Andy, a magnetic and seemingly free-spirited young man with big dreams of Hollywood. Initially their bond is purely platonic, but the smoldering chemistry they share is undeniable as it sizzles into something sensual and intimate. Together they plunge headfirst into waters of vulnerability and desire, while the identity of Nate s father finally rises to the surface.


"A visually stunning film... the two leads and supporting cast give powerful performances." --Courier Post

"By expanding his gaze and focusing on Preiss s (mostly) straight man and the women who rule him (including American Graffiti s Candy Clark), (Damion) Dietz has freed himself as a writer." --The Village Voice

"By expanding his gaze and focusing on Preiss s (mostly) straight man and the women who rule him (including American Graffiti s Candy Clark), (Damion) Dietz has freed himself as a writer." --The Village Voice

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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Nate Merrit (Paul Preiss), a Marine just entering boot camp, is a superhero with an identity crisis: He's neither Superman nor Clark Kent. He's trapped by both a fiancee (Amy Lindsay) and a mother ("American Graffiti" Oscar-nominee Candy Clark) who don't love him for who he is, but for the the man they think he could be.

Andy Forte (the incredible, intense Bart Fletcher) is an equally lost "careless... carefree" loner who "loses track of time" and "can't remember whether something happened four minutes ago or forty years from now." Like Nate, Andy is on leave from his responsibilities when the two meet at an ill-fated "Straight Marine's First Gay Sex" porn shoot that neither thought they'd be involved with thanks to the maniupulation of its sleazy producer.

Nate, a wannabe mechanic, helps get Andy's car fixed and the two learn more than they should by eavesdropping on conversations each has with the white trash families they're trying to escape. Both have abandonment issues and while lost in dreams of the future fall in love with the idea of one another. The two can't change one another's destinies, though they both wind up choosing to be better men than they'd ever planned to be by wiping the slate clean.

A picture frame, a drive in movie theater screen, and a titular set of "Dog Tags" all fit into place in the haunting mystery of who Nate is, who his long lost father isn't, and the heartbreaking love story between a pair of stray animals.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique coming-of-age story of two young men. November 17, 2008
Raised by his single, working mom, Nate never had a father, older sibling or close friend as a role model, and has been pretty much sleepwalking through his young life, doing what he was told but neer following through on anything he started. To make money to buy his older girlfriend a nice engagement ring, he enlists in the Marine Corp and, having completed basic training, has a leave to visit home before he takes combat training and gets deployed to Iraq. Hitchhiking to a jewelry store near the base, he gets detoured to a place where he meets up with Andy, a seemingly free spirited young gay man who is on a "road trip" to leave his responsibilities behind. The two misfits form a mutually supportive friendship, and travel together, visiting Andy's mother (a Hollywood actress turned recluse) and looking for Nate's father whom he has never met. Along the way, their friendship turns from platonic to a sexual affair, and the two take a big step toward becoming responsible adults.

This isn't really a gay romance, as the sexuality of the young men seems as confused as they are, meaning this might just be one side trip in their paths to adulthood. But it is a beautifully-told story of life and love, how loneliness and lack of direction can affect a person, and how much difference a good friend can make. Film is not rated, but would be a soft R for sexual content and rear nudity. DVD has director commentary and trailers. I give it 4 stars out of 5.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
From the title "Dog Tags," and the "come hither" photograph of sexy, alluring actor Paul Preiss above the words "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on the DVD cover, you might initially think this film is a military variation on "Brokeback Mountain." It really is not. Dog tags are, of course, a military means of identification. The film tells the story of two guys, (Paul Preiss and the extremely sad eyed but strangely attractive Bart Fletcher) both dealing with indentity crisis; both struggling to find their place and purpose in the world.
Nate (Preiss) joins the Marines out of a sense of obligation to his mother (Candy Clark) and his fiancee (Amy Lindsay). She seems anxious for Nate to get her pregnant before he goes away to boot camp. Nate later discovers his fiancee is a deceitful tramp anxious to get pregnant by ANY man! He tells his mother, if he had known about her trampy ways, he wouldn't have signed up for the Marines. He also discoveres that his mother has lied to him for years about who his father is. By this time, Nate has met Andy, (Fletcher) who believes in the freedom of the open road, clean slates, and infinity. Nate considers going AWOL and running away with Andy.
Nate and Andy meet in the weirdest way. Their friendship begins when they escape from a Porno Producer named "Uncle Sam." Nate and Andy travel to meet Andy's mother Louise, a faded actress who is a marginally better mother than Nate's. Here, we learn that Andy has an infant son named Travis; the result of a drunken picnic with a girl he barely remembers, if at all. Andy doesn't want to be a dad, but he does feel a slight sense of responsibility. So Baby Travis joins Nate and Andy on their journey to find Nate's real dad... and themselves.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A charming tale about an unlikely romance... July 14, 2009
By Hulka
This is a story about a young man with an identity crisis who finds his father, with the help of an unlikely companion. Nate, played by gorgious hunk Paul Preiss, is a young man who finds little emotional support in the two women in his life---his trashy mother, and equally trashy and unfaithful girlfriend.

Coaxed by the women into becoming a Marine, he has just finished boot camp and headed for Iraq. Of course, before he goes he wants to meet his father, whom he knows nothing about. By mistake he meets goth gayboy Andy, played by Bart Fletcher, who is immediately infatuated with handsome masculine Nate, and latches onto him. Interestingly enough, Nate is has a baby boy, and Nate responds to the pair in a protective masculine way. Andy is also a empathetic confident, providing Nate with the emotional support he does not get from his mother or his girlfriend. So naturally emotionally wounded Nate connects with Andy, and they end up having sex.

This plot could have worked just as well if Andy had been an unwed mother, but the fact that he is a guy just adds a gay theme to a story that was not really about gay issues. Sadly, the script has some confusing twists that just do not make for a coherent satisfying story...which is why I gave this 3 stars.

For starter, the beginning sequense that seems to conflict with the rest of the story. And what were those gratitious sex scenes between Andy and someone other then Nate supposed to have been about? Also, Bart Fletcher is really a little too old to be playing a teenage Hollywood goth gay boy, and seems a lot older then 18 year old Nate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars love that couldnt be
movie was about a love that could be
Published 1 month ago by mark smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the cover. An interesting exploration of fatherhood
As a rule of thumb the quality of a film is in inverse proportion to the amount of clothes the actors are wearing on the DVD cover jacket. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JOSEPH OLIVER
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I was expecting something entirely different, thusly, I was greatly disappointed in this movie. It was not worth purchasing at all.
Published 5 months ago by Annamarie Fosmire
3.0 out of 5 stars kinda weak story development.
The lead actor is good but the rest are weak at best.This movie would have been better if the suport cast was more into the roles they were given.
Published 7 months ago by William D. Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Not really good
I thought this would be a really good movie the beginning over the movie has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the movie there is a contestant of rupauls drag race in the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Arthur Zanders Jr
3.0 out of 5 stars Hot Guys
It's loaded with hot guys & military. A fair movie, story line a little week shows some nudity & explicit scenes. Those are good if you are into soft Porn. It's a gay movie.
Published 15 months ago by James316
5.0 out of 5 stars great
truely a cool movie i liked how the whole thing came together at the end!!!! once again with ur answer is ot long enough
Published 17 months ago by a lover of tigers
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I really liked this movie, it had a few twists and turns but it was believable
I wish they would do a another moive together
Published 19 months ago by Carmen Dibenedetto
3.0 out of 5 stars LIAM - RSA
This was a good movie; I battled in the beginning to understand what was going on as it seemed to be flicking back in the past or future quiet often, and couldn't grasp who was who... Read more
Published on August 23, 2012 by LIAM RSA
3.0 out of 5 stars Two Blokes An Unlikely Story and Extensive Eye Make Up!
This is a film from writer and director Damien Dietz, and he has yet to perfect either craft. That said I did still find merit in this film, and that is probably from the strength... Read more
Published on November 12, 2011 by Tommy Dooley
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