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Rock Haven (2007)

Sean Hoagland , Owen Alabado , David Lewis  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Hoagland, Owen Alabado, Laura Jane Coles, Katheryn Hecht
  • 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: November 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VKJ6UE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,985 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rock Haven" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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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  • Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Rock Haven Trailer
  • TLA Releasing Trailers

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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Haven January 13, 2009
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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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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Religion versus Sexuality November 7, 2007
By AP
Format:DVD
I saw this gem at the SF Frame Line film festival in June. I was particularly taken by how the subject matter of religion and sexuality were merged into a "workable" solution for the main character. I think the film is of importance to a wide range of audience form high school on up. The story is beautifully shot and directed and the actors across the board are real, lovable and endearing. I am buying 10 copies to give a gifts.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Sea Oats, Clover, Ocean Rocks, but... December 30, 2007
Format:DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rock Haven December 23, 2007
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful romantic gay story about spirituality and our humanity
Wonderful romantic gay story about spirituality and our humanity. Especially helpful for men searching to find meaning in the world and discover their true selves in the process.
Published 6 hours ago by Loras Michel
1.0 out of 5 stars did not play
when put in player it gave a region error, it would not play on any machines so it was of no use.
Published 5 months ago by douglas lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Still watching it
Good coming out movie. When you have thoughts about yourself and others and just don't know what to do about it. Then someone comes along and it just happens.
Published 7 months ago by mido
5.0 out of 5 stars The Maturing of a Young Man
To say that this is not a romance, would be to deny that the sun and moon do exsist. This is also the tragedy of a conflict between modern day morality and the archaic rules of a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Norvell J. Maher
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching story
I found it to be a riveting moving story line and a coming out storyline with a shocking ending .... A must see.
Published 10 months ago by Conrad Fenwick
4.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect indie film with its heart in the right place ... on its...
Even with a flawed script, over-direction (all those WAVES!), and some uneven performances (the woman playing Brady's mom is just awful), this film's heart is in the right place,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by ShowBizBuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Haven
I chose a 5 star rating because, as a whole, I really liked this movie.

I had purchased and watched "Redwoods" which was also made and directed by David Lewis,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by vampsrule
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See for young gay Christians and all others
This was an excellent top flight movie sharing the conflict of being young, gay and christian; and saying to the world that the three things may be found in one human body. Read more
Published on June 29, 2012 by rich777
3.0 out of 5 stars Rigid Catholic Dogma Triumphs Over Truth!
18-year-old Brady (Brian Hoagland) encounters the first real love of his repressed life in the form of newly arrived neighbor, handsome 19-year-old Clifford (Owen Alabado). Read more
Published on December 21, 2011 by Joel Kovacik
2.0 out of 5 stars slow action - slower action - "Rock Haven"
To watch it you need 78 minutes. These will be 78 looooooong minutes. The action drags unbelievably. Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by Pitbulltje
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