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A whimsical gay romance with a heart of gold, Make the Yuletide Gay follows a young gay couple Nathan and Gunn as they face their first Christmas apart. Sweet-natured Gunn (Keith Jordan) has to go right back in the closet to survive the holidays with his wacky Wisconsin parents, and cutie-pie Nathan (Adamo Ruggerio, Degrassi: The Next Generation ) is preparing to spend another Christmas with his cold-hearted parents. When Nathan surprises everyone by turning up on Gunn's doorstep, the couple is hilariously forced to juggle a hetero charade with their gay reality. With its bright, witty dialogue and handsome cast, Yuletide is one holiday treat you'll want to savor many times over.
Special Features:
  • Cast Interviews
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes
  • Behind The Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Commentary With Director & Actors
  • Interview With Director Rob Williams
  • Interview With Music Composer Austin Wintory
  • Interview With Alison Arngrim
  • Special Message From Adamo Ruggiero
  • Gloria - Music Video
  • It's Christmas Time - Music Video
  • New Commentary With Kelly Keaton, Derek Long And Director Rob Williams

Review

"Certain to be a gay family Christmas favorite" --On Top Magazine

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Product Details

  • Actors:  Adamo Ruggiero, Hallee Hirsh  Keith Jordan
  • Directors: Rob Williams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005TIK4RC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,867 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The college dorm's resident "out and proud" gay couple, Olaf ("Gunn") and Nathan, are going home to spend Christmas with their respective families, and those families couldn't be more different. Whereas "trust fund baby" Nathan's parents are rather cold, status-seeking yuppies, Olaf's parents are a couple of former hippies who start decorating their home for the holidays months before. When Nathan's parents stand him up to go on a holiday cruise, he decides to surprise Olaf by joining him at his parents, only to find out that his parents have no clue that he is gay. Nathan immediately tries to "butch it up" a bit, but is disappointed and hurt that Olaf is unable - more like unwilling - to introduce him as his boyfriend.

A sweet and engaging, though somewhat corny, story about honesty, self-acceptance and - ultimately - the meaning of love. Newcomer Keith Jordan does a first-rate job as the emotionally conflicted Olaf, and is surrounded by an excellent cast of veteran character actors, including Derek Long ("3-Day Weekend" and several other gay films) as Olaf's stoner dad, actress/voiceover artist Kelly Keaton as his jolly mother, Hallee Hirsh (who played Dr. Greene's daughter on "ER") as Olaf's supposed girlfriend Abby, Alison Arngrin (best know as Nellie Olsen on "Little House on the Prairie") as Abby's mom, Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher on "Star Trek: TNG") as Nathan's mom, and Adamo Ruggiero (Marco for five seasons on "Degrassi: The Next Generation") as Nathan. The direction and technical aspects seem flawless, and there are even a half dozen or so original songs on the soundtrack. DVD isn't rated, but would likely be PG; definitely a film you could (and should) share with your parents and younger siblings. Popular at several gay film festivals, and in a limited theatrical run, this just might become a timeless gay holiday classic. Watch out for the mistletoe over the doorway, and I give "Yuletide" a full five stars out of five.
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Sometimes sweetness and innocence are enough. A movie doesn't have to be the best, the most technically assured, when the characters that inhabit it are filled with genuine goodness. Among the dreck of most gay cinema, it's an unexpected surprise to find a movie that rests on the laurels of simple affection and succeeds.

The premise is simple enough: Olaf is a college senior. While he's freely out on campus, things are different at the Gunnunderson (yes, Gunnunderson) household. Olaf goes home to visit his wacky parents, and is shocked when his boyfriend, Nathan, having been ditched by his cold-hearted parents, shows up on the doorstep. Olaf isn't out, of course, so he introduces Nathan as his "roommate." The film follows Olaf as he struggles to tell his parents who he truly is, and Nathan, who isn't at all comfortable being shoved back in the closet.

I've read some reviews criticizing the film's over-the-top characters and sometimes awkward dialogue. But you know what? "Make the Yuletide Gay" has such a joyous spirit that none of those things matter. Cynicism isn't wanted here. Olaf and Nathan (played charmingly by Keith Jordan and Adamo Ruggiero) have true, genuine affection for one another. Olaf's parents, while not necessarily realistic, are filled with love and, knowing that Nathan has been dumped by his parents, take him and treat him like one of their own. And the most miraculous part of the film? It's practically devoid of negative gay stereotypes. No drugs. No random sex (save for one hilariously interrupted intimate moment). And when the drama comes, it isn't born of archetypes, but of two characters, deeply in love, who can't bear to watch each other suffer.

This is a sweet movie, a hidden gem.
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At last a gay film which is well written and acted, unpredictable and a true feel-good film which stands above the rest of the mostly crappy American gay films that have been released this year. There should be more films like this. A true rarity.
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I was pleasantly surprised at this movie; it was silly, touching, and oddly very satisfying. Oh, by the way, it's funny. Sometimes acidly funny, sometimes screamingly funny, and sometimes just surprisingly funny. Moreover, it's a love story. A Christmas love story. A Gay Christmas love story that, in my opinion, crosses orientation boundaries and could well become a classic. The plot is pretty simple; a gay couple of college students, Gunn and Nathan, are heading home for the holidays. Gunn is going back to his middle-class suburban, albeit slightly off-center, family where he's still solidly in the closet. Nathan's parents are wealthy, socially prominent, and have made holiday plans that do not include their gay son whom they know about, but it just isn't discussed. Faced with being stranded alone over Christmas, Nathan turns up at Gunn's house. That's when the fun starts. Gunn and Nathan try to maintain the "just roommates" façade, while trying to maintain and accept their own relationship and reality. This comedy is a farce, yet it's also quite tender and serious. Gunn faces having to out himself to his family and friends. Nathan learns that "family" is also a matter of choice not just biology. The pace is rapid, but not too fast. The dialogue ranges from groan-inducing innuendo to laugh-out-loud exchanges. And the ending -- well, it's a Christmas Love story. By the time you get to the end, you're engaged with all the characters on their own terms, and it's satisfying, touching, and fit without being saccharine. It's a great movie for the holidays, or to make any day a celebration of life, of choice, and of love.
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