All Over The Guy
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CENTERS ON AN UNLIKELY PAID OF TWO TWENTY-SOMETHINGS, ELI AND TOM, WHO ARE THROWN TOGETHER BY THEIR RESPECTIVE BEST FRIENDS. THEY'RE BOTH LOOKING FOR THE ONE, BUT DON'T RECOGNIZE IT WHEN THEY FIND IT. THEY DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO NOT FALL FOR EACH OTHER, STUMBLING OVER THERE OWN FEARS, AND SELF-SABOTAGE.
"Oh, I hate that movie!" The outburst of contempt the characters feel toward the clichés of In and Out announces All Over the Guy as a gay romantic comedy with a difference. That difference, apparently, is that gay men can suffer the same neurotic commitment problems and kooky conflicts on the way to true love as straight couples. Prissy control freak Dan Bucatinsky (who also scripted) and macho alcoholic Richard Ruccolo recover from a train wreck of a blind date to find common ground in traumatic childhood stories, and spend the rest of the film breaking up between smart remarks. There's a snap to Bucatinsky's dialogue and an entertaining lilt to Julie Davis's direction, but the characters never become more than caricatures. Token straight couple Sasha Alexander and Adam Goldberg are far more fun, and Christina Ricci and Lisa Kudrow make memorable cameos. --Sean Axmaker
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What I enjoyed, the most, about this film, is that the gay charcters are just part of the whole fabric of the film. Their "gayness" is not the issue. As (most of the time) in real life, the film shows that gay people have the same problems, joys, hopes, and romantic dreams as anyone else does. The movie is simply about two guys that are the opposite of each other and about how they try to workout their differences due to the fact that they are falling in love with each other--both characters bring to the the relationship a lot of psychological garbage mainly stemming from childhood and/or dysfunctional parents. The flash backs are hysterical especially the ones about the psychologist parents.
One of my favorite actresses, Doris Roberts, has a small role that she makes simply wonderful by acting everyone else under the table.
Tom would be a character that I normally would not care too much for (my affections and sympathies being more with Eli); however, due to the skill of the actor portraying Tom, I really grew to understand, appreciate and sympathize with him. The actor is "butcher than thou" but still likeable.
In closing, if you desire a nice romantic movie to curl-up to--with or without someone, buy this film.
"All Over The Guy" ends on a high note, like "Beautiful Thing" does. Unlike "Get Real" and certainly not like "Brokeback Mountain". ("Get Real" and "Beautiful Thing" are two others I watch all the time, with "Get Real" being my favorite of the two.)
I personally feel, "All Over The Guy", is a lot like real life. The moments of exuberation one moment, the crashing down the next, and in spite of the pain and heartache that "Eli" and "Tom" cause each other, they both feel bad about it moments later, and it's those moments that ultimately bring them together in the end... To hopefully realize they CAN have what each of us all want... Someone to love and love us in return.
You watch this movie and I PROMISE, whether you love it or hate it, it will touch you and stay with you always.