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eCupid
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 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
on 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
on March 22, 2012
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2012
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2012
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).....and of course, the inestimable Morgan Fairchild, as the Divinity Drive-In's Mother Confessor....and Guru of Love (she probably even out-angels Gabriel in this film).

Now, let's hope there is some "learning" being derived from reviews put out there by nonprofessional guys such as you and I. Let's also hope for better film productions in future. (Still and all, I'd buy another of this Director's films.)

By George...I think I've got it! I believe I'll just close out these comments with my parting review words re: our Director's last film:

"So, how to end all this? Let me do it by asking: Is it fun and cute and attention-holding? Well, yes....for the most part. But that doesn't mean it couldn't have been better....and my rating reflects that. (And yes, yes, yes....I have watched it more than once before butting in)."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 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
on March 23, 2012
Format: DVD
If you haven't had a chance to check out this movie yet you need to! Sexy, smart and funny, this film is a refreshing take on the gay independent film genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Very formulaic. Decent acting by the main character but a sense of over-acting by the "jilted" partner. That being said, there are some very hot, good-looking guys throughout the movie. At one point I was hoping the main character would hook-up with one of them. To see Morgan Fairchild in the movie made me think how sad for her or that she was doing the movie as a favor. She looks great though.
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