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Love! Valour! Compassion!

4.3 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

"Love!" follows eight gay men, longtime friends, who spend three summer holiday weekends together at a beach house.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jason Alexander, Stephen Spinella, Stephen Bogardus, Randy Becker, John Benjamin Hickey
  • Directors: Joe Mantello
  • Writers: Terrence McNally
  • Producers: Amy Labowitz, Barry Krost, Diane Conn, Doug Chapin, Jonathan Weisgal
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001HAGRY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,644 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love! Valour! Compassion!" on IMDb

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I suppose I can understand where so many of my fellow viewers claim that the characters in L!V!C! are sterotypes. For the most part, they do fall into cliched perceptions of gay men...however one must bear in mind that not only is the author a gay man...he is a multiple Tony award winning playwright..one has to assume he knows that of which he writes. L!V!C! was a beautitful, tocuhing and laugh-out-loud funny piece of theatre when I saw it on Broadway, and it lost none of it's elegance in it's translation to film. The cast is superb...and for those who critisize Jason Alexander's performance as being one-dimensional obviously didn't watch through until the end of the film. Alexander delivers a rich, layered interpretion of the show-tune singing Buzz...and brings levels to the character that were left completely unexplored in the stage version. L!V!C! is one of those rare film that you can watch again and again because it has it all...you'll laugh out loud, you'll muse at difficult truths, you'll learn a little something about yourself and you might just shed a few tears. An extremely worthwhile film penned by one of the Great American Masters...treat yourself and view this film at the first oppertunity you get.
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I came upon the movie by accident and though my finger hovered over the channel changer I found myself increasingly caught up with the characters and their lives. I laughed and cried and thought it was a work of art. At first when I realized it was a movie about gay men I thought, "Oh no not another movie about AIDS",and indeed Aids was there but it only really hovered in the background for most of the film. The characters were quite believable and I laughed and cried and fell in love with this brave and intelligent film. The movie which comes to mind when I try to find a comparrison is, "Smoke signals" which is not about gays or aids or anything but life love and relationships and co-incidentally American Indians. I will buy this movie so I can see it again and I recommend it to anyone with a heart.
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Though I'm without the benefit of having seen McNally's original play, it doesn't take a sleuth to figure out this story was meant for the stage. That kind of live performance would certainly help viewers to accept the 'over the top' drama that unfolds in L!V!C!, often with the subtlety of road rage. The men in this film all seem to be railing against the destruction of their lives and/or their relationships. Though this film is packed with PC moralizing and good-intentioned monologues, the witty script does a fair job of alleviating much of the emotional gloom and doom. The film's climax is (unfortunately) treated in arty seriousness, and plays like a gimmick to wring-out a few more tears after so much breast-beating.
The dialogues and emotional exchanges in L!V!C! are, for the most part, sincere and not affected. Jason Alexander is a marvel as "the little horror under the stairs," a far-cry from (Seinfeld's) George Costanza. Critics who belittle this part as "stereotypical" are overlooking the obvious: even depressed Opera Queens have stories to share. John Glover reprises his Tony winning dual role and provides this film's standout performance. The supporting cast is visually appealing, if not entirely memorable.
The structure of the story (as told over the course of several Summer weekends) is a slight detriment, in that it prevents viewers from seeing the characters in their respective haunts. That means that each of them winds up having to face his inner demons/turmoil because someone else in the group effects a challenge. No alliance is "safe" from harm or change, which makes the interplay fascinating to watch.
I guess whether or not you enjoy this film depends on your personal tolerance level for high drama.
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The stellar performances of Jason Alexander (Buzz) and John Glover (James/John) make this movie, providing the most humorous and touching moments in this film. The Swan Lake scene, while funny, is probably the most sad, as each character explains how he will pass on.

Yet the most interesting character to me is Gregory, as he is the glue that holds this group of men together, generously offering his Victorian house for holiday vacations. It is he who starts the film with his narration, welcoming the viewer in as if we are a visitor to his home as well, and having the final narration during the Swan Lake scene. He is caretaker to his friends in life and in death, and the central character that the six others revolve around; it is befitting that he will be the last to go.

Each character struggles with his own demons; we are privy to their personal pain, yet all manage to rise above their problems and find joy in life and with each other's companionship. Even the most detestable character, John, is not entirely unsympathetic.

Yes, there's some stereotypical moments, but all in all, this is an enjoyable film, one that leaves an indelible impression.
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I thought this film was outstanding. I put it in a class with the film "It's My Party". It's a wonderful character study, and I only wish that I could be part of a group of friends (as described by the narrator, "like a family") like this. Of course, some of the characters could be described as stereotypical, but they're certainly not one-dimensional. This story is splendidly cast, and beautifully filmed. It's touching, sometimes funny, sometimes painful, sometimes campy, but very realistic. I found myself drawn into it, and felt as though I was there in that charming lakeside country house.
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