The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green
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Ethan Green (Daniel Letterle) is a 26-year old gay man who has joined with lesbian Charlotte (Shanola Hampton) to rent a house from Ethan's old heart-throb Leo (David Monahan). Ethan has just started a fling with a married, just-out-of-the-closet baseball player, Kyle (Diego Sorrano). When Leo decides to sell the house, Ethan gets a suggestion from cute 19-year old Punch (Dean Shelton) to use the services of depressed Sunny Deal (Rebecca Lowman) to delay any sale. Ethan and others get advice from Ethan's mom (Meredith Baxter) and the two Hat Sisters (Richard Riehle and Joel Brooks). Meanwhile Leo may have developed an interest in a Log Cabin Republican, and Kyle may like Jason Chang. Ethan's tendency to push people away if they get too close sets yo-yo relationships into action. It all resolves happily enough, although Ethan has the opportunity to spoil things enough to generate a sequel.
Since this is a lower-budget production, there was little opportunity to illustrate the science-fiction sorts of themes that were in the strip. To offset this, Eric Ormer was able to create an animated cartoon sequence illuminating one character.
The acting was pretty good overall. I thought the Hat Sisters and Ethan's mother were exactly as they were in the comics. Ethan here is nicer and more passive than in the comics. He is cruised but doesn't cruise, he can resist having sex even when his angel allows it, and he relies on advice to initiate action.Read more ›
Casting was done perfectly - while none of the characters requird Oscar-worthy performances, the cast members were well-suited for their roles.
I think that seeing more movies like this is an indication of where gay cinema - and the gay community - currently is. That we are able to make fun movies that exist for no other reason than to entertain is a departure from the heavy, highly sociopolitical dramas that have dominated for much of the genre's history (i.e. Longtime Companion, And the Band Played On, Angels in America, etc). All of those movies are brilliant and important, but it's nice to have some fun.
The plot has already been summarized, but I will point out that I didn't find any of the characters overly-stereotypical, especially not in the derogatory sense. I know many people who are very much like the characters in this movie, and I think the somewhat sugar-coated point of the movie - that relationships are not easy but they do require tolerance, patience and ultimately two people who are very much self-aware and honest about who and what they are - was easy to digest.
Watch it with friends as an alternative to hitting the bars one night.
However, to the film's detriment it's production values make it look like a low budget cable TV sitcom than a fully-fledged motion picture and the although George Bamber's direction is lissome, the film is sort of all over the place. Still, Ethan Green is buoyed along by the screen charisma and the ineffable cuteness of the 26-year-old title character played with much panache by Daniel Letterle.
The plot is pretty much de rigor, following the tried and true path of gay romantic comedy. Ethan Green (Letterle) is unlucky in love and is constantly on the hunt for Mr. Right. His choices however are somewhat questionable. Although he's great sex, the hunky, out-of-the-closet professional baseball player Kyle Underhill (Diego Serrano) isn't exactly giving him the emotional fulfillment he needs.
While Ethan tells his best friend Charlotte (Shanola Hampton) that Kyle's still married and a bit of a basket case, but this doesn't bother Ethan nearly as much as his impending eviction from the house he and Charlotte rent from Ethan's ex-boyfriend Leo (David Monahan). Determined to stall the sale, Ethan employs the prissy - and terribly promiscuous - young real estate agent (Dean Shelton) who's helping get the house sold as slowly as possible.Read more ›
The acting isn't 100% but hey, all of the actors are cute! Daniel Letterle has come some way since Camp and even though he's fresh, he manages to pull off a very likeable character and even though he's sometimes over the top, convincingly plays a gay man (too bad he isn't!).
I highly recommend this movie for a bit of a chuckle and just some great light comedy.
If you liked this movie, I'm sure you will love The Broken Hearts Club.
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this is very good movie, great cast, Daniel Letterle promising carrier, he walk away from it, too bad!Published 4 days ago by dan
A lot could be said about this somewhat neglected movie. Where Ethan a woman, situations would differ very little, perhaps with less skin. Read morePublished 7 months ago by laercio larapha@gmail com
The description of the movie made it sound very entertaining. But in reality it was okay. I don't think the movie quite lives up to its description. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Kelly