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Under One Roof (2003)

 James Marks, Sandra Lee  Jay Wong , Robin Feinberg , Todd Wilson  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors:  James Marks, Sandra Lee  Jay Wong
  • Directors: Robin Feinberg, Todd Wilson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2002
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008AOTW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Under One Roof" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A romantic comedy about a closeted Chinese-American boy in San Francisco who falls in love with his mother's new tenent.

Special Features:

  • Commentary With Director
  • Outtakes
  • Original Uncensored Trailer
  • TLA Releasing Trailers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Romantic Comedy April 1, 2003
Format:DVD
This movie answers the question: What would happen if a closeted gay guy should happen to fall in love with a tenant in his unsuspecting mother's house? This sweet movie, while far from being polished, is still very absorbing.
I began watching this movie somewhat conscious of the fact that this was not a big production. As is the case with many low budget gay films it makes up for in story what it lacks in production value. About 10 minutes into the movie I found myself completely involved in the story and characters.
Jay, a closeted young man, still lives with his mother and grandmother in San Francisco. While there are others who he is out to (his female best friend who his mother is desperately trying to set him up with, and his very out gay best friend who keeps trying to set him up with anything that moves)he keeps his sexuality a secret from his mother who he feels would not approve. That is until the day his mother rents their basement apartment to Robert, an adorable gay guy, and things start to immediately heat up.
Should he risk losing his mother's approval on what could be true love...or risk losing the man of his dreams?
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106 of 114 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Low budget, but I loved it April 22, 2003
Format:DVD
Okay, first a word of warning: don't go looking for top-notch Hollywood production quality in this movie -- it's nowhere to be found in "Under One Roof". The script needs work; the editing leaves much to be desired; the acting is pretty bad; the music is even worse.
And I loved it.
Despite its technical flaws, I found myself wrapped up in the story pretty quickly, and by the time the end came along, I was grinning from ear to ear. "Under One Roof" may never win any production awards, but the story is solid and there are many great moments during the movie that had me laughing out loud.
As I said earlier, don't look for A-list production quality. It's more like a film class project meets "The Real World" meets public access television meets soft core porn. Let me clarify that I don't say 'porn' because of the full-frontal nudity or the sex scenes -- they are almost always appropriate to the story in context (and the guys are cute!). Plus, I've seen MUCH more explict hetero sex scenes on network TV. I said 'porn' because that's what the acting and music quality reminded me of several times throughout the film.
Despite the weak acting overall, however, there were some very real moments which struck a chord with me. When they happen they really stand out, at least to me.
I gave it four stars and higly recommend it. If you overlook the technical shortcomings and approach it with an open mind, you'll find a touching little love story with quite a few laughs. I'll keep this one in my collection.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great -- but fun May 13, 2003
By Dennis!
Format:DVD
I can't disagree with others that this wasn't a great movie. It's certainly low-budget, not well directed or edited, and decidedly amateurish. But it's entertaining and fun, and maybe hits a few chords just a little too close to home.
Daniel, the perfect Asian son, lives with his widowed mom and his grandmother in San Francisco, as filial Asian boys tend to be expected to. Also in the vein of the perfect son, he can't come out to his family, and his mom relentlessly keeps trying to set him up with women.
The family rents out the downstairs room, however, and a cute boarder (Robert) shows up to take the place. Sure enough, the two slowly but surely get together....
This movie is not totally about Daniel and Robert's budding romance. Well, it is, but there's more to it than that. The magic of the movie is the family's reaction, Daniel's newfound priorities, and how Robert's unassuming yet formidable role in each. It's the standard stuff the coming-out flicks are made of, but hey, it always manages to tug at the heartstrings, right? We've all been there before, or know someone who has.... or at least we all know how difficult it is to stand up against unreasonable expectations.
So yeah, everything about this DVD just screamed "so-so"... but it's still worth a viewing. Oh, and because this IS a DVD, after all... don't forget to take advantage of the special features, including the Director's Commentary cut. Some interesting tidbits in there.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Romantic Comedy April 1, 2003
Format:DVD
This movie answers the question: What would happen if a closeted gay guy should happen to fall in love with a tenant in his and his unsuspecting mother's house? This sweet movie, while far from being polished is very absorbing.
I began watching this movie and was somewhat conscious of the fact that this was not a big production. As is the case with many gay films, it makes up for in story what it lacks in production value. Still, about 10 minutes into the movie I found myself completely involved in the story.
Jay, a closeted young man still lives with his mother and grandmother in San Francisco. While there are others who he is out to (his female best friend who his mother is desperately trying to set him up with and his very out gay best friend who keeps trying to set him up with anything that moves)he keeps his sexuality a secret from his mother who he feels would not understand. That is until the day his mother rents their basement to Robert, an adorable gay guy, and things start to heat up immediately.
Should he risk losing his mother's approval on what could be true love...or risk losing the man of his dreams?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Low budget cutie
Not the greatest acted movie especially by the actress who plays the mother and seems to stumble over her lines. But, the story is cute and so are the actors in the leads. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dennis Kirchoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Under One Roof
I thought I had already reviewed this product. I love this movie. I hate when the site updates there sites and can't keep the ratings and notes on the items.
Published 21 months ago by John Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Under One Roof (2002) directed by Todd Wilson
The idea is good, the realization maybe a little low budget, but at least the romance feeling of the movie was preserved. Read more
Published on April 3, 2011 by Elisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweetly Obvious
This very simple story is produced in a very simple way; "Making Love" or "La Cage" it's not. The cultural crosscurrents are not deeply examined; other than the leads, the... Read more
Published on November 14, 2010 by A reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Under One Roof
Even though I bought this DVD used,I still feel like wasted my money. If someone is planning to buy this movie,don't waste your money on this one. Read more
Published on October 5, 2010 by Toshinao Kanno
4.0 out of 5 stars Under One Roof Review
Synopsis

We've all been there when it's time to come out to your mother but you're still pussyfooting around telling her. That's exactly what we have in this movie. Read more
Published on February 12, 2010 by Jer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really touching movie
This was a really touching "first" love story. It was sort of like watching a home movie, rather than a professional job. Read more
Published on December 20, 2008 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Sweet Love Story
As other reviewers have stated this is a low budget independent movie and that does show in the technical details. Read more
Published on December 6, 2008 by Tigerliy
1.0 out of 5 stars One wasted roof here
This movie stank from the very beginning and never got interesting or possessed any redeeming value. Living in SF the idea of an Asian family dynamic appealed to me. Read more
Published on April 7, 2008 by PHDT
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Funny
A nice love story. Really great independent film. Love shows up in the weirdest places and here, right in your basement. Don't miss out on this film. Read more
Published on January 10, 2008 by Bruce T. Blair
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