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eCupid (2012)

Houston Rhines , Noah Schuffman , JC Calciano  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Houston Rhines, Noah Schuffman, Morgan Fairchild, Brad Pennington, Andy Anderson
  • Directors: JC Calciano
  • Writers: JC Calciano
  • Producers: Matthew Solari
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0062QHZJU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From the director of Is It Just Me? comes this sparkling romantic comedy that takes online dating to the extreme! Marshall is an over-worked ad exec who is suffering from a serious case of the seven-year itch with his loving boyfriend. As his 30th birthday nears, he is hell-bent on changing his life and he comes across a mysterious dating app called eCupid. Turning his world upside down and overwhelming him with sexy, horned-up guys at every turn, Marshall gets much more than he bargained. Firing on all cylinders with sharp wit, hot cast, and even an extended cameo from Hollywood legend Morgan Fairchild, eCupid will win your heart.

Special Features: Morgan Fairchild interview; Actor interviews and auditons/outtakes; Chadwich "Always You" music video.

Review

Following up the four-star success of Is it Just Me?, director J.C. Calciano returns with this pop romance, full of flights of fantasy, that s sure to please even the most jaded cineaste. Marshall (Houston Rhines) and Gabe (Noah Schuffman) have been in a comfy relationship for seven years now. They're so relaxed that sex has become infrequent - and things have become boring to Marshall. One night, Marshall downloads an app called "eCupid." Not only does it take over his cell phone and computer, but it also re-engineers his love life! Marshall tells Gabe that he s bored, via a text he didn't actually send,and a surprise hustler arrives at the door. Suddenly, Marshall finds himself single. To top that off, things at work aren't going all that well either. Sex appeal oozes from the whole cast of this beautifully crafted and artfully written romantic comedy - that carries an age-old message: it s easy to get distracted from the love that s right in front of us (especially in an age of texts, apps, and toys)! --Scott Cranin

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie with heart March 24, 2012
Format:DVD
I loved this movie. It told a universal story of how it can take a long crazy journey to find the love that is right in front of you. All of that with a modern tech twist (an app that throws Marshall's wilting relationship with his boyfriend Gabe into turmoil in order to help him understand that his true love for Gabe was there all the time). It made a classic story seem fresh and interesting. And the performances of the leads were subtle and the chemistry was unmistakable. The supporting "cupids" were cute, funny, and witty, and Morgan was wonderful as Venus herself.

It was great to have a movie that showed that gay relationships have the same problems as straight ones. Share this movie with someone you love!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend eCupid March 22, 2012
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed eCupid for its realistic take on the complications of
a relationship. There is a broad range of characters that all drive
this story forward.

I found the characters (Marshall and Gabe) very likable and easy to
relate to and it was nice to see them grow in the end.

eCupid really is for everyone.

As in life its hard to find what your looking for, and in a
relationship you don't know what you have until its gone.

After seeing the movie you really appreciate the love you have in your
own life even more.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Sweet March 22, 2012
By RootieK
Format:DVD
Writer/Director JC Calciano's previous film, Is It Just Me?, is one of my favorites, so this film had a high bar to meet. I'm happy to say that it does. eCupid is a romantic fantasy in the style of 80s flicks like Splash and Big. It's a breezy and charming story brought to life by a talented and good-looking cast. The fantastical element that runs through eCupid is clever and smart. I really like the way the film explores the evolving role that technology plays in our lives...as a force for both good and bad.

Marshall (adorable Houston Rhines) is turning 30 and his life is stuck in a rut. He's in a stale relationship and a dead-end job (soap star John Callahan plays his boss). Looking for help, Marshall downloads an app to help him find love...and it turns his life completely upside down. Morgan Fairchild makes a great cameo as a mysterious and wise waitress. High marks across the board for this funny, sweet comedy. A must see!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
......sites such as this, and elsewhere.

And, yes, let me get it right out there and up front: This is a well-done production (Calciano is very good at surrounding himself with capable cinematography and sound folks---there's little to fault). Obviously, his casting personnel have done their best to provide us with cute and hunky co-leads, as well as a fun group of major supporting actors (mention of some, below). It was a rare moment when their character arcs didn't ring true (obviously, the writing helped here). As to Storyline, it's as much one of "today's world" as it could possibly be....giving us an enjoyable ride and any number of lessons to be learned.

BUT having said all that, a large reservation remains for me....and it involves the Romantic angle of a story like this. So let me be the Bad Guy in this group and explain my last statement in the following way:

Some pre-release photo shots and a preview trailer led this Fan to believe, or hope, that our Good Director Calciano had perhaps read and paid attention to a past review of mine ("Is It Just Me?"), in which I took he and other Gay Romance film directors to task for NOT providing realistic kissing scenes. About his last film's attempts, I basically stated: "Blink and you'll miss 'em." ....And STILL, in this latest work, it seems if you "double-blink," you'll miss 'em. Maybe that's because our two "eCupid" lead actors give little more than quick pecks on the lips or cheek (surely not a case of: "Folks will think I'm Gay"!?). Though I must concede that Frat-Boy Dawson was really "persistent".....and fellow worker, Keith (Matt Lewis, in an exciting performance) gave his lip-lock a really good shot.

Other main supporting actors of note include Andy Anderson (Chris 1).....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Plays like a made for tv movie November 22, 2012
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Slow predictable script, full of cliches. No character development anywhere that I noticed. The one saving grace to this film is morgan fairchild, still beautiful for her age but not a large enough role to save the film. Not worth renting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm July 14, 2012
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Predictable. Unfortunately the movie felt like an after school special. The acting is really good, I just wish the storyline was better...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring November 25, 2012
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This movie was boring, but it wasn't terrible. I definitely would not watch it again, nor would I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eCupid (2012) directed by J.C. Calciano June 3, 2012
By Elisa
Format:DVD
eCupid is fun, light, sweet and very romantic. I had already enjoyed the previous movie by J.C. Calciano, Is It Just Me?, but I have to admit it was a little low budget and you could see it. In eCupid this perception is almost nada, and almost everything is perfect, from the chosen cast to the setting to the music. True, there are some gay stereotypes, the frat boy, the party boy, the twink, the buddy friend, but no one of them is exaggerated, or depicts in a way that is offensive, it's more a way for the main character to realize he is in love with his boyfriend, and that he has to do everything he can to mend the break between them.

Gabe has few to do on his side, since, from how I see it, he only tried to not overcome his lover with his trouble, when he knew Marshall had few of his own. Gabe is sweet and kind, and really the perfect boyfriend. Marshall is simply having a 7 years scratch itch, and with the intervention of a very useful Apps, eCupid, he will understand how stupid he has been.

Houston Rhines, in the role of Marshall, is perfect, if not a little "couch potato", meaning that he is waiting for the solution to come to him and not viceversa. He is not that bad, but he has to grow a back bone ;-) said that he is cute, and he really doesn't do anything to alienate his sweet boyfriend, and so he has the right to have him back.

Noah Schuffman as Gabe is more than cute, and he is also sweet and kind, and yes, sexy, way sexier than all the other men Marshall will meet. He is the right catch, and rightly, once he is "temporarily" free, he will have the line in front of him.

eCupid is so good I can see it out of the gay themed indie circuit to try the mainstream circuit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Love Story !!
Amazing to see these 2 gusy in a movie. The lead man is so weackedly cute and the supporting role is so sweet. Read more
Published 20 days ago by alexx
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting movie about finding love and judging people by what is on the outside.
Published 2 months ago by A. Starkovich
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh / Inspired
I'm not going to analyze it, just liked the film and had fun watching it. I laughed and felt choked up at times. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars eCupid
Absolutely love this movie. Have watched it several times and haven't got tired of it yet. All of the actors principals and supporting are great.
Published 5 months ago by Tony Barrington
1.0 out of 5 stars DULL
A rather boring piece of fluff. I wish I had my money back. I should have listened to the others rating this film low.
Published 5 months ago by Deltachaz
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it
It was a very good story. The movie had a great plot and moved well. With all the twist and turns of the movie, but at the end true love come out. I really enjoyed the movie.
Published 6 months ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Funny and Very Well Done
What a brilliant and enchanting surprise to find this gem of a gay romantic comedy. It has all the right touches to be a classic modern take on an old theme. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jonboy
3.0 out of 5 stars If you have nothing to watch but infomercials
Very formulaic. Decent acting by the main character but a sense of over-acting by the "jilted" partner. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Fun
The dating app from hell with a heavenly ending. Loved it all especially the smile in my heart. Also my perception of apps having too many loop holes in getting your privacy, your... Read more
Published 7 months ago by George L. Marrero
5.0 out of 5 stars cute
its such an adorable movie and it kinda reminds me of my boyfriend and i. i am glad i watched it.
Published 7 months ago by Nancy Crystal Herrera
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