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ALL OVER THE GUY

SYNOPSIS:
Friends Jackie (Sasha Alexander) and Brett (Adam Goldberg) introduce Eli (Dan Bucatinsky) to Tom (Richard Ruccolo), whose initial meetings are disastrous. But Jackie and Brett believe they are right for each other, and as they themselves get caught up in cupidís game, the two reluctant lovers find a complicated, often painful road to romance.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Dan Bucatinsky adapted his own stage play, in which the reluctant lovers were boy/girl. The filmís boast is that it is not a gay movie, really, but a movie about relationships. This is true, in that stereotyping is absent. But you canít really have a successful romantic comedy without sensibilities of one kind or another, and gay sensibilities have to be part of the communication between the characters. The film works as a relationship movie, with one straight and one gay couple in the mix. Lots of amusing dialogue and sharp, truthful performances make this a potential for cross-over marketing Ė if cross-over is the right word in this context. The story brings in the parents of the two gay men, one set more damaged than the other. Some of this provides ballast and grist, but some of it comes close to parody and stereotype. Nonetheless, enough interest is generated by the characters to keep us focused and the well developed themes of identity and sincerity work well to maintain attention. The storytelling structure adds interest, with a gritty cameo by Doris Roberts as a receptionist at a STD clinic, where she triggers the unraveling of the story.

Review by Louise Keller:
Fresh and good natured, All Over The Guy is a breezy gay comedy about two guys from very different backgrounds who are looking for love. Dan Bucatinsky has switched the genders of his main characters from his play Two Guys and a Girl to create this story about life, friends and relationships. It's a well written script, fast paced and punctuated by colourful insights into friendship, family and behaviour. Eli's intensity is countered by Tom's fear of being stifled and although the film may be generally marketed to gay audiences, there is enough appeal to cater for a broader market. I especially enjoyed the development of the relationship between Jackie and Brett, who ground the film with good humour. The scene when they meet in a furniture store, and Jackie happens to select the only furniture item that Brett has designed is well conceived and thoroughly entertaining. Watch out for cameos by Christina Ricci, Lisa Kudrow, and Doris Roberts Ė the latter is an absolute scene stealer as a sympathetic, worldly receptionist in a STD clinic, where Eli waits for test results. With its upbeat soundtrack, likeable characters and emotional heart, All Over The Guy is an enjoyable diversion about commitment, whatever your persuasion.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

ALL OVER THE GUY (M)
(US)

CAST: Dan Bucatinsky, Richard Ruccolo, Sasha Alexander, Adam Goldberg, Doris Roberts

DIRECTOR: Julie Davis

PRODUCERS: Susan Dietz, Donnie Land, Juan Mas, Dan Bucatinsky

SCRIPT: Dan Bucatinsky

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Goran Pavicevic

EDITOR: Glann Garland, Mary Morrisey

MUSIC: Peter Stuart

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Fanae Aaron

RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Niche Pictures

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 7, 2002

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: AV Channel

VIDEO RELEASE: August 7, 2002







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