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The Men Next Door (2012)

Eric Dean , Michael Nicklin , Rob Williams  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric Dean, Michael Nicklin, Benjamin Lutz, Heidi Rhodes, Mark Cirillo
  • Directors: Rob Williams
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Guest House Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0096UG7XY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,407 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Writer/director Rob Williams (Make The Yuletide Gay, Role/Play) returns with a new romantic comedy about finding love a little too close to home. As he reluctantly celebrates his 40th birthday, Doug (Eric Dean, star of Arizona Sky and Nine Lives) finds himself falling for two very different but equally lovable men - Jacob, a secure 50-year-old (Michael Nicklin) who came out later in life, and Colton, an adventurous 30-year-old (Benjamin Lutz, star of The Love Patient and Bite Marks) who literally is the boy next door. What Doug doesn't know right away is that the two men are, in fact, father and son! How long can Doug juggle both relationships before everyone finds out the truth?

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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive and entertaining romantic comedy. November 29, 2012
After his friends flake out on his planned 40th birthday celebration, Doug (Eric Dean) is feeling alone, with nobody special in his life, except for Jacob (Michael Nicklin), an older man with whom he occasionally gets together. When hunky 30 year old new neighbor Colton (Benjamin Lutz) comes to the door, a fortunate misunderstanding throws he and Doug together, and they start to develop a promising relationship. All goes well until he finds out that Colton is actually Jacob's son, so he has been dating "the boy next door" and his dad!.

An interesting and amusing screenplay by director Rob Williams, with an ambitious cast of supportive players that adds much to the story. An amusing situation, but it also raises serious issues about ageism in the gay community, as well as making a sacrifice for the happiness of someone you love. It's a positive message appropriate for viewing in mixed company.

DVD has deleted scenes, bloopers, commentary and a "making of" featurette. Not rated, but would be a light R for brief nudity and sexual content. Five stars out of five.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Actually has a plot unlike most gay movies. February 18, 2013
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This movie was a great film. We watch a lot of gay movies that are plotless or it seems as if the film makers ran out of money during production. A lot of the movies just kind of end leaving you guessing what happens next. This film was very interesting and it has a surprise ending.

What I liked most about this film was the fact that it seemed real and it also addressed the older generation of gay men. Unfortunately 50 is like 80 to most gay men. Just remember that the older gay men paved the way for a more acceptable society for younger gay men. I am in my 40's and my partner is 30 years older than myself. We have had a wonderful and monogamous relationship for 13 years now. Yes this is a big age difference, but chemistry is chemistry and what we have together works on so many levels. I just wish that this film was available in Blu-ray format, but the picture quality is really great and it does not have black bars.

I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who is dating an older or younger man as they will relate to the film more than the 20 somethings will, unless they have older partners.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I found this movie to be sweet and funny. All the leads were endearing. A bit of nudity but nothing that distracts from the story. It has a nice pace to it and nothing seems rushed. These are the kind of movies that I enjoy the most.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun and interesting June 30, 2013
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it was a nice and relaxing movie to watch. A nice evening in movie with things that make you go hmmmm.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awkward Drama That Sort of Works. February 2, 2013
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Doug (Eric Dean - `Arizona Sky') is a forty year old gay man who is dating a fifty year old man Jacob (Michael Nicklin) and they are getting along just fine, but not ready to commit. Then on the night of Doug's actual fortieth birthday he invites all his friends around, and they all fail to show for various reasons. His brother does send a stripogram though, only it's a lady. Then hunky next door neighbour calls round with some mis delivered mail and things sort of happen, as they only can in the movies.

Any way his bestest gal pal Evelyn (Heidi Rhodes) turns up and catches them, but she is actually really supportive and Doug decides to see both men as Colton is thirty he has one lover ten years older and one ten years younger - possibly a dream come true. Colton is played by Benjamin Lutz who you may remember from `The Love Patient' and as ever is really rather good. But there is always going to be a problem with trying to see both men and his schedule gets busier and busier and it is inevitable that both men will eventually meet, even though they know it is an open relationship, but the real big deal is that they are father and son - oh very dear indeed.

Anyway this is billed as a fast paced gay comedy, well it is not my idea of fast to be honest and I did not find myself reaching for the Kleenex to wipe away tears of mirth - or for any other reason as there is not that much in the way of bed room diversion either let alone a gratuitous shower scene; never mind. However, that said I found this to be a rather an awkward funny and as such much more of a drama. There are some well observed lighter moments, but selling it on the gags is a bit mis leading.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful December 25, 2012
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As a 50-year-old gay man, I could relate to the plights of the 40-year-old and 50-year-old characters in this movie. It's simply not easy aging in the gay community, and being older on the gay dating scene is particularly challenging. The criticisms that some Amazon reviewers have made of this film didn't hold true for me. The production values were remarkably strong for an Indie. There were at least six distinctly different locations for the action -- a Pilates studio, "Doug's" house, "Colton's" rental, "Jacob's" mountain cabin, "Derek's" house & patio, and "Evelyn's" kitchen. The gay male characters weren't particularly butch or femme, they were just guys. The one exception was the flamboyant comic relief provided by "Doug's" employee at the Pilates studio. The gratuitous full-frontal nudity of actor Mark Cirillo was a pleasant surprise, and made me look at him in a different light, having just seen him in another gay-themed indie this weekend. On balance, this film was a delightful way to spend a little time on Christmas afternoon. And, best of all, the story ended far differently than I expected. A delightfully unexpected conclusion was frosting on the cake.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the better American gay films as they have been generally pretty woeful in recent years.Far fetched but very funny and a great script and cast.
Published 15 days ago by Peter Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Very good and fun movie to watch. Was definitely worth the time watching. I have watched it twice so far.
Published 29 days ago by MICHAEL P NADEAU
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I'm going to keep this short. Not sure what all the hype was with this movie, but I found it rather tiresome and boring, and very forgettable overall. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin D.
5.0 out of 5 stars good to the last minutes
Very good job by all the players. Each character added a new level of interest in the plot. It is difficult to decide who to root for success within the relation ship. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mervin Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious with twists and turns, then more twist and turns with laughs...
Mistakenly assuming a new neighbor is a "date", arranged by a friend, for his birthday party that everyone ditches is only the beginning of a movie full of laughs, awkward... Read more
Published 2 months ago by drawfast
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Neat story line, entertainingly done. "Who would have thunk!" It has some sex scenes one could do without, but the show was still entertaining.
Published 2 months ago by W. P. Emil
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Those Men!
This was a delightful movie. I liked the story line and the predicament that the characters got into. There was some 'eye candy' and wine seemed to be the gift to give. Read more
Published 2 months ago by james nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great film
Just an incredible film about a 40 yr. old gay man who just happens to find himself dating a 30 yr. old and his 50 yr. old father at the same time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charles J. Dale
2.0 out of 5 stars A Slow-Paced Comedy
Now the central conflict of the movie focused on Doug and what he actually wants in life. And while this is going on, he continues to entertain both father and son as far as going... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rocky Sunico
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
This was worth the purchase. I can't begin to express how good this movie was. I can't wait to purchase more in the future.
Published 3 months ago by Henry Wayne Cox
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