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Make The Yuletide Gay (2009)

Keith Jordan , Adamo Ruggiero , Rob Williams  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keith Jordan, Adamo Ruggiero, Hallee Hirsh, Kelly Keaton, Derek Long
  • Directors: Rob Williams
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PCVLWW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,926 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Make The Yuletide Gay" on IMDb

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"Certain to be a gay family Christmas favorite" --On Top Magazine

Product Description

An out-and-proud college student wrestles with revealing his true sexuality to his parents when he comes home for Christmas break and his boyfriend decides to pay him a surprise visit. At school, everyone knows that Olaf "Gunn" Gunnunderson is gay; at home, it's a much different story. Bidding his boyfriend Nathan goodbye, Olaf heads home to find that his parents have fixed him up on a date with his old high school sweetheart Abby. When Nathan comes knocking unannounced, he can't quite believe that Olaf hasn't come out to his parents. Later, as the boys scramble to keep Olaf's sexuality a secret from his parents, the conversations grow increasingly inquisitive and Olaf must decide whether to come out before the truth does.
Special Features:
  • Cast Interviews
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Commentary With Director & Actors
  • Interview With Director Rob Williams
  • Interview With Music Composer Austin Wintory
  • Interview With Alison Arngrim
  • Special Message From Adamo Ruggiero
  • Gloria - Music Video
  • It's Christmas Time - Music Video
  • New Commentary With Kelly Keaton, Derek Long And Director Rob Williams

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The college dorm's resident "out and proud" gay couple, Olaf ("Gunn") and Nathan, are going home to spend Christmas with their respective families, and those families couldn't be more different. Whereas "trust fund baby" Nathan's parents are rather cold, status-seeking yuppies, Olaf's parents are a couple of former hippies who start decorating their home for the holidays months before. When Nathan's parents stand him up to go on a holiday cruise, he decides to surprise Olaf by joining him at his parents, only to find out that his parents have no clue that he is gay. Nathan immediately tries to "butch it up" a bit, but is disappointed and hurt that Olaf is unable - more like unwilling - to introduce him as his boyfriend.

A sweet and engaging, though somewhat corny, story about honesty, self-acceptance and - ultimately - the meaning of love. Newcomer Keith Jordan does a first-rate job as the emotionally conflicted Olaf, and is surrounded by an excellent cast of veteran character actors, including Derek Long ("3-Day Weekend" and several other gay films) as Olaf's stoner dad, actress/voiceover artist Kelly Keaton as his jolly mother, Hallee Hirsh (who played Dr. Greene's daughter on "ER") as Olaf's supposed girlfriend Abby, Alison Arngrin (best know as Nellie Olsen on "Little House on the Prairie") as Abby's mom, Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher on "Star Trek: TNG") as Nathan's mom, and Adamo Ruggiero (Marco for five seasons on "Degrassi: The Next Generation") as Nathan. The direction and technical aspects seem flawless, and there are even a half dozen or so original songs on the soundtrack. DVD isn't rated, but would likely be PG; definitely a film you could (and should) share with your parents and younger siblings. Popular at several gay film festivals, and in a limited theatrical run, this just might become a timeless gay holiday classic. Watch out for the mistletoe over the doorway, and I give "Yuletide" a full five stars out of five.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE YEAR'S BEST GAY FILM December 11, 2009
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At last a gay film which is well written and acted, unpredictable and a true feel-good film which stands above the rest of the mostly crappy American gay films that have been released this year. There should be more films like this. A true rarity.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected August 7, 2010
Format:DVD
Sometimes sweetness and innocence are enough. A movie doesn't have to be the best, the most technically assured, when the characters that inhabit it are filled with genuine goodness. Among the dreck of most gay cinema, it's an unexpected surprise to find a movie that rests on the laurels of simple affection and succeeds.

The premise is simple enough: Olaf is a college senior. While he's freely out on campus, things are different at the Gunnunderson (yes, Gunnunderson) household. Olaf goes home to visit his wacky parents, and is shocked when his boyfriend, Nathan, having been ditched by his cold-hearted parents, shows up on the doorstep. Olaf isn't out, of course, so he introduces Nathan as his "roommate." The film follows Olaf as he struggles to tell his parents who he truly is, and Nathan, who isn't at all comfortable being shoved back in the closet.

I've read some reviews criticizing the film's over-the-top characters and sometimes awkward dialogue. But you know what? "Make the Yuletide Gay" has such a joyous spirit that none of those things matter. Cynicism isn't wanted here. Olaf and Nathan (played charmingly by Keith Jordan and Adamo Ruggiero) have true, genuine affection for one another. Olaf's parents, while not necessarily realistic, are filled with love and, knowing that Nathan has been dumped by his parents, take him and treat him like one of their own. And the most miraculous part of the film? It's practically devoid of negative gay stereotypes. No drugs. No random sex (save for one hilariously interrupted intimate moment). And when the drama comes, it isn't born of archetypes, but of two characters, deeply in love, who can't bear to watch each other suffer.

This is a sweet movie, a hidden gem.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Entertaining February 9, 2011
By ap1824
Format:DVD
This movie is very reminiscent of "Meet the Parents" and "Guess Who." The story centers around Olaf "Gun" Gununderson. He's a gay college student who's out on campus, but not at home. When Christmas break lets out, Gun and his boyfriend Nathan (played by Degrassi's Adamo Ruggiero) say goodbye thinking they won't see each other for the break and thus keeping Gun's secret. However, hilarity ensues as Nathan has a change of plans and ends up on the Gununderson's doorway a few days before Christmas. This movie is not a deep, emotional, change the world type film, but it is very entertaining and funny with moments of pure honesty and emotion spread throughout. This film is definitely a feel good movie with the power to make you laugh and at the same time become emotionally invested. Ruggiero puts on a great performance that seems effortless and Keith Jordan (Gun) brings to light the frustrations and fear of coming out to one's family while at the same time portraying a very out and proud gay activist on campus. This film is definitely worth a watch and the characters will make you fall in love with them.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I love this movie. You have quite a cast of characters, from the two young men to the stoner father, the giggly, hilariously clueless mother, the next door Cougar (played by Alison Arngrim aka Nellie Oleson!) Alison's appearance is worth the price of this movie alone. Whenever I feel down, I watch this movie to brighten up my day. Pure, fun entertainment with some corny gay humor & puns thrown in for good measure. It's a nice change from the formulaic Christmas movies (which I love BTW). This one is somewhat formulaic but the gay theme makes it different and delightfully quirky. Make some hot cocoa and snuggle up with your honey & enjoy this feel-good holiday film!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Like a one horse western
A one note predictable theme combined with poor script writing and you get this little yawner. Sorry, I couldnt make it past the first half before utter boredom set in.
Published 1 month ago by wokman
5.0 out of 5 stars Linda's Thoughts on "Make the Yuletide Gay"
I love this film!!! The characters are so real and remind me of friends I have had the joy of knowing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Film
Well acted and lot's of fun! A refreshing change! Makes some nice statements.
Good to watch at holiday time too!
Published 1 month ago by Patrick D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie.
This movie was one that really got my attention. It was funny and had constant puns and innuendos. Non stop comedy with a touch of romance.
Published 2 months ago by austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie
This movie is very funny and heart warming!!!! The story of two young gay men dealing with their parents. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kenneth Gifford
4.0 out of 5 stars Not horrible
It had a cute story and acting wasn't horrible as compared to other B movies I have seen on here
Published 2 months ago by Dallas Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloria
Very nice, straightforward story, well written and very well acted. I know the Wisconsin/Minnesota culture very well -- almost perfectly depicted (well, actually every... Read more
Published 3 months ago by David A. Vogel, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars the movie is funny and lively
the movie keeps you in stitches as it uses comedy well, it suprises you at times. Duplicity in words has a new meaning in this film-SMILE...
Published 3 months ago by steve byron
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film
Some of the acting is a bit much, but the jokes are funny and the relationship between the two principal characters is captured with a great deal of tenderness.
Published 3 months ago by John Dewey, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars gay Christmas lol
I purchased this to watch with my boyfriend on Christmas and we both loved it out shows how family can be good and your partner will stand by you
Published 3 months ago by jon vega
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