Rag Tag
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
finally a film about black gay men I can really relate to...with believable characters living beyond the stereotypic glam shop, party and play and looking fabulous "lifestyle"...helps that this British film features brothers from the Caribbean and West Africa navigating the challenges of carving out a place for their love across the African diaspora both in England and Nigeria...sweet scenes mixed with the typical comedic style West AFrican film pacing...love, love, love it!!!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2011
This is one of the best romantic movies ever made. Regardless of your sexual orientation, if you have an open mind, then you can appreciate this movie It is a movie about true love that transcends sexual orientation and gender. This movie shows that love is love and how it can survive beyond distance, cultural, and socioeconomic differences. This is accomplished by the storyline of the main characters as well as with the secondary characters. This movie is a must see for anyone with a romantic spirit and a belief that love can truly conquer all. This DVD is a must own.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2010
I liked this movie very much. I had to watch it twice because it was so good and felt so real. It's not a blockbuster and I think that made it seem more realistic, more genuine. There aren't too many films out there about us Caribbean, African, African American, Afro-latino and other black men, whether in the First, Second or Third World, that try to show the beauty of our love and our negotiation with our relatively homophobic cultures. This one managed to do that pretty well. It surpassed many of my expectations and hopefully it will do the same for you. I saw so much of my friends and myself in this film and it was good to know that someone out there understands. These guys are just everyday guys trying to make a living, make something of themselves and find that special someone. Their love is strong but they don't let it alone define them. That's a sticking point for me on many other films that I've seen. In those films, being with and being attracted to other men becomes a cultural identity, cause for a crusade - it becomes life. That doesn't happen here. It's just not "Another Gay Movie", pun clearly intended.
For anyone doing programming with disaffected or abused gay youth, particularly in the populations previously mentioned, you should get this DVD and have them watch. You'll be amazed at what it can do.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2011
This not just my favorite film in a long time, but this movie tastefully captures a love story between two life-long friends cut from different cloths. The most amazing part of this film is that the story is not a typical Black gay film plot (1. a bunch of flaming queens trying to be more fabulous than the next with no plot 2. a bunch of flaming queens who meet Mr. Right as a hot body uber-masculine stud - that never happens in real life 3. some guy on the DL trying to figure whether he should come out the closet)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2010
This film created a deep longing within me to experience something to akin to the emotions of the main players; a realistic view of "everyday" brothers who are flawed but understand the importance of following the yearnings of the heart.
The film potrayed the innocence of childhood that became the fiery passion in adulthood. Finally a film that represents us as black men who can communicate, love, and understand each other. I LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED It.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2011
This was indeed a very beautiful love story. It drives home the fact that love is just love,whether it be gay or stright, heterasexual or same-gender loving, interracial or ethnic, love is just what is -love. I enjoyed very much. It is another movie that I will watch over an over.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2010
Please ignore attributes like editing, continuity, acting, and easily audible dialog so that you can love this movie as it is. While these qualities are important for lesser films, the fact of this delicate and loving love story (I have not seen the ending yet...) is enough by itself to widen the world for old white folks like me. (I hope there is no sad ending.)
Many movies with central gay characters made by people with Asian or "third world" identifications carry the theme that true love and caring exists between men more easily than between men and women. It is as though men can be friends as well as lovers, while a man and a woman, might be one more than the other -- or neither, once they share children. This would be a regrettable stereotype were it not so universal in semi-pro, gay-themed movies, such that it might represent a stage in social development. Gay love in society may have to justify itself at others' expense just to rebut the assumption that gay love is a foul business compared to straight love.
In any event, movies like this are popping up from all over, as though filmmaking can lift people from social oblivion into full membership in society. Rag Tag presents characters one is glad to know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2015
“Rag Tag” is a great movie and I highly recommend it to everyone, hetero- or homosexual.

Let me get the negative aspects of the movie out of the way. At times there are problems with the sound and the movie appears to have editing issues. However, one has to keep in mind that the movie was filmed on a low budget.

I can’t believe I did not see this movie before. I saw it on Netflix on 02/27/2015. I enjoyed it so much, I watched it 3 times!! I felt as if I knew Rag and Tag and was wishing them luck!

At first, I thought the movie was about a lost friendship being rekindled. I did not expect the movie to be such a beautiful love story. After 10 years apart, the men reunite. They rekindle the friendship they had as boys. Rag may have had a rocky upbringing but he appears to want to do better. Tag has furthered his education and studied law.

One can feel the love they have for each other. They want this love to be forever. And the movie turns into a great and beautiful love story. Both characters are not the ordinary gays projected by Hollywood. No broken wrists, sashaying, or drama and definitely not effeminate. They are just two manly friends madly in love with each other. The movie brought me to tears.

I grew to like Rag and Tag and felt as if I knew them personally. I wanted to see them reach their goals, become partners, and make their dreams come true together.

My favorite scene? When Tag has it out with his father in the bedroom as he is packing to leave. Each had biblical verses to present the point they wanted to make.

My favorite lines? When Olivia is talking to Mr. Olu and he suggests she gets pregnant. Her response to Mr. Olu was, "I want Tag to be happy. I want to be with someone who looks at me the same way he looks at Rag." She couldn't have said it better!

And didn't you just love that song that played as Rag and Tag were making love? I loved it!! The words of the song said it all!!

I recommend you see this movie as soon as possible. I know you will enjoy it, even with the flaws.

For the homophobes, keep in mind that Rag had a girlfriend and has a daughter, and Tag has/had a girlfriend.

For more information, you may want to read http://www.theguardian.com/film/2007/mar/28/gayrights

March 6, 2015, Update - After watching this great movie on Netflix, I ordered the DVD from Amazon. What a disappointment! Though the DVD has a better picture quality, Ariztical added 2 trailers at the beginning that I find should not have been added. Why couldn't the DVD just be the movie? Also, there is no way to add Closed Caption since it is not a choice on the DVD. Even on the DVD the dialogue is not clear in parts of the movie. Also, there are no extra features. For $29.95, I expected more!!! An interview of the main characters talking about the filming of the movie would have been nice. I suggest you keep this in mind if considering purchasing the DVD. By the way, the movie as a whole is worth more than 5 stars!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2012
An interesting and informative movie considering the subject matter. The movie story line appears authentic, compassionate and realistic. The video quality is adequate, however I should have purchased the blue-ray edition. I recommend this movie purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2014
An excellent movie that illustrates when love puts you first in everything. The movie also demonstrates how deep love permeates the spirit and soul. Love is love, states Tagbo's mother in the movie. Real and genuine love transcends all bounds and attempts to destroy it. Rag and Tag's love transcended all machinations of man (Tagbo's father) in this movie and thoroughly accomplished the intent of the writers.
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