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Let's knock out first what doesn't work here. First off, Charlie David (Chase) and Derek Baynham (Tyler) are WAY too old for their parts. They're supposed to be college kids on summer break, but they both look about 28 years old (which, in fact, they were when this film was made.) This wouldn't be quite so bothersome if not for the fact that Tyler's parents, Nathan (Dan Payne) and Stacey (Thea Gill) look only about ten years older than him (which, in fact, they were when this film was made.)
Next: the big, dumb, loud party scene. `Nuff said.
The biggest problem I had with "Mulligans" was that writer/producer/actor David clearly had it in mind that his character, Chase, was supposed to be the focal point of the story. Considering the DVD box features his handsome mug 20 times larger than the family in the background, I'm easily led to believe that this was intended to be something of a vanity project. Unfortunately, it probably became clear to him halfway through filming that Chase is only the catalyst here, and that the real story - the interesting one - involves the family going through a less-than-orthodox breakdown.
Frankly, I didn't care about the character of Chase at all. David's one-note acting didn't help the cause. Neither did the fact that Chase is a painter... something that was done far more realistically and thoughtfully in "Shelter". Here, it's just a cliché device to show how sensitive Chase is.Read more ›
The film is worth a look. But again, viewed from the father's point of view...the one who carries the weight of family and all the love and baggage that accompanies him... I give credit to actor Dan Payne, who plays the dad. He gives a plausible, thoughtful performance. "Mulligans" is a film that blends an awkward past with some semblance of hope for those trapped in marriages that cannot endure.
An opportunity arises for Tyler, his sister, Birdie Davidson (played by Grace Vukovic) and his mother, Stacey Davidson (played by Thea Gill), to visit his maternal grandmother for a few days. Tyler invites Chase to come along but he decides to stay back at the house. So does Nathan. Over a barbecue Chase and Nathan discuss how life and the choices made were very different when Nathan was Chase's age. He was married to Stacey when they were 18 years old. Although it's not expressly stated one gets the distinct impression that, if Nathan had it to do all over again, he would be a gay man. Although he regrets his honesty with Chase at that moment and tells Chase he should leave him alone, eventually they make love together.
Stacey, Tyler, and Birdie arrive home early. Had they arrived a hour or so earlier they would have found Nathan and Chase in the act. Even so, Stacey catches Nathan kiss Chase -- and the drama begins.
I thought the story line completely believable and well-acted by all. It has a very satisfactory ending. I've watched this movie several times and haven't tired of it. I think it's an excellent gay-themed movie to add to one's lgbtq film collection.
The acting is wonderful, it's a story that needs to be told and it's beautiful. The music was really great too, would love to get a soundtrack.
Definitely recommend Mulligans - a 'gay film' for everyone. An important film for straight people to see.
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