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Rock Haven

3.3 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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Is faith stronger than sexual attraction? Brady, an 18-year-old devout Christian, is given that test when he and his mother move to a scenic Northern California coastal town where he falls in love with his new neighbor Clifford. There to spread the good word, Brady instead becomes hopelessly attracted to this handsome athlete who is the complete opposite of him: vivacious and free-spirited. There's an instant sexual spark and the two young men must navigate the divide between Brady's beliefs and their budding romance.

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  • Actors:  Owen Alabado, Laura Jane Coles Sean Hoagland
  • Directors: David Lewis
  • 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: June 21, 2007
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VKJ6UE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,484 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The plot of "Rock Haven" (2007) is simple and realistic, though far from original: is being gay an impossibility if you consider yourself a Christian as well?

Brady is a shy, introspective 18 year old spending the summer before going away to college in a small coast town in Northern California. He is there with his widowed mother, who is a devout Christian in the process of establishing a religious school for the local pastor. Brady spends most of his time either reading the bible or staring off at the waves crashing on shore, until he meets a neighbor's free-spirited visiting son, 19 year old Clifford. While we later find out that Brady had some early inklings that he was somewhat attracted to other boys, he never before felt drawn to anyone as he feels to Clifford, and the other boy makes it clear that the feeling is mutual. Sensing his apprehensions and inexperience, Clifford lets their relationship develop slowly over the course of the summer, and, although he kids Brady about being a "nerd" in many of his interests, is careful not to express a conflict with his religious upbringing and convictions.

A beautifully written story by director/writer David Lewis ("Under One Roof"), capably acted by a talented Bay Area cast. While the basic plot is not original, and the story development somewhat predictable, it is told in a well-paced, sweet and romantic manner that lets the viewer feel the emotions experienced by the characters. The one negative I must point out is Lewis' seeming obsession with numerous extended scenes of waves crashing on the beach (Waves wash out like past experiences, wash back to erase what was on the sand before, metaphor for life going on, new beginnings, yadda yadda yadda ... WE GET IT! The ocean should not have more screen time than the actors!
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This is a tremendous love story filled with the conflicting emotions experienced while coming to understand and accept ones sexuality. The actors portrayals were powerfully on-target. The storyline takes off from the first minute and carries you through all 78 minutes. This is a particularly important story, because it deals with the emotions of being religious and gay. For many this can be a difficult mix of identities to mesh and so films and stories on this subject are very much in need. I loved this film and have already purchased my own copy. I highly recommend it for all audiences, but particularly for those who might be struggling with their own religious and GLBT identities.
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ROCK HAVEN seems to have its heart in the right place, showing the conflict between the religious right and human sexuality that occurs between two young teenagers, but the script is minimal, uncomfortable in saying what it really wants to say, and in the end the resulting film is a long drawn out series of a few sentences followed by lengthy views of the ocean and the wild flowers at coastline (even though Bodega Bay is stunningly beautiful to watch!).

Brady (Sean Hoagland) lives at the beach with his mother (Laura Jane Coles) preparing to go to Bible college at summer's end: the two are strongly right wing religious people. Into this rather rigid atmosphere steps Clifford (Owen Alabado) and there is an immediate chemistry between the two young lads - Clifford being openly gay while Brady is so far back in the dark closet that Clifford's mere presence terrifies him. Clifford's mother (Katheryn Hecht) is a free spirit who deals comfortably with her son's feelings and tries to support Brady in his fear of sinning. Brady's mother 'can't change the way she believes' (gay relationships are sinful) and tries to 'change' Brady by encouraging his attraction to a sweet well-meaning girl (Erin Daly) who just happens to understand Brady's needs more than he does! The manner in which this conflict is approached and quasi-resolved is weak as written and directed
by David Lewis (who also plays the role of the minister...), and the ending is unsatisfactory at best.

The quality of acting is low on the scale but the sincerity is palpable. The viewer wants to care for these young lads confronting love for the first time, but the situation posed by the meager dialog and the ending keep it from becoming the nice little wisp of a film it could have been. The scenery is the star, but it is hardly the `haven' for this dilemma that the title suggests. Grady Harp, December 07
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The movie is based on a young man coming of age raised by a single mother with conservative christian values. This young man struggles with his sexual feeling towards another young man that he meets on a beach at the same time feeling tremendous guilt and judgment do to his religious upbringing. The movie can be slow at times and there is a lot of silent moments were the director wants you to read the emotion of the character by the look on his face and his body language. The young actor portrays these feeling well and you can see the conflict within him. The movie reflects hypocrisy in Christianity. Love one another and do not judge.
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I confess I ordered this DVD with fear that this would be another poorly made "first film" with a poor script, poor direction and bad acting.

****WRONG!***** What I found instead was a well made, loving, and powerful little film, which I have quite fallen in love with and have already viewed at least ten times (yes, it DOES hold up to repeat viewings, with little "moments" and subtleties yet to be discovered).

Although this is a low budget independent effort, what it lacks in polish it more than makes up for in "heart". It has some flaws, but they are very minor in comparison to the power and sincerety of the film as a whole.

The story deals with a young religious man who, with his mom, has just moved to a small but beautiful coastal town, and his budding romance with the (very "out") boy who lives a couple of houses down. That sounds very blah, but the film is enlivened by very sincere and professional performances by a really good cast (overall).

Of course what makes it interesting is the religious angle. This is a Bible-studying, sincerely dedicated boy--- not someone who is "casual" about his religion. How will he reconcile his Bible viewpoint with his growing love for the dishy guy down the street?

Another thing that makes ROCK HAVEN ring truer than other films tackling these issues is that the boy and his mom --both devout Bible followers-- are not presented as religious bigots or hateful people, but just people who are mentally committed to a certain viewpoint. Of course, those viewpoints are about to be tested!

Also, the boy down the street is presented as open-minded and quietly confident in his gayness, not as a gay crusader out to offend the Christians by being "in-your-face" all the time.
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