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All Over the Guy
DVD disk
09.26.2004 By: JoBlo
All Over the Guy order
Director:
Julie Davis

Actors:
Dan Bucatinsky
Richard Ruccolo
Adam Goldberg

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A nerdy gay guy is set up on a blind date by his good straight friend, with a jocky gay guy, whose girl friend, likes the nerdy gay guy's straight friend. Got it? Actually, it's pretty simple. It's the story of two men meeting, dating, running into problems and dealing with it. Alongside their story, their respective guy and girl friends, also meet and date. In between, they all discuss issues of love, life, relationships and their futures together.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
An okay romantic comedy, featuring the original notion of a gay couple instead of a straight one, with many clever one-liners and some earnest relationship issues, but one with several problems as well. First of all, the lead couple in this story are a little too one-dimensional. The first guy is a "nerd", loves X-Files, collect action figures and is anal about people's grammar (no pun intended), while the other guy is a "cold" calculating fellow, who is relationship-phobic because his own parents sucked at love. I bought most of their scenes together, especially their first date, which was well presented, but at some point, it just started to feel like a ping-pong game, as they would break up, get back together, break up, get back together, with very little real emotion connecting any of it. The sad part is that their two-some is considered "multi-dimensional" compared to the straight couple in this film, who seem to fall in love, literally overnight, with very little believability or emotion to back it up. Thankfully, the straight guy is played by Adam Goldberg, who is absolutely hilarious here, with zingers left and right. Felt like ad-libs, too.

As for the bullshit cameos in the movie, consider Christina Ricci and Lisa Kudrow (playing a dumb blonde....can you believe it...wow, this actress sure has range!) who essentially come through to lend their names to the project and nothing else. I did however like the pace of the film, the directing style, which was pretty slick and the general upbeat way about it, but would have preferred a little more emotion and realistic moments (the scene near the end with the jock guy's parents was badly written and presented-- although the nerdy guy's parents were a hoot throughout-- Andrea Martin rocks!). So I'm torn with this film. Some of its elements worked, and the fact of seeing a gay male couple making out and stuff on-screen was certainly novel to say the least, but other tangents didn't work, like the way that they wrapped everything up with a one-minute conversation (after one of the guys cheated, told the other one off, ignored him over and over....) and some of the acting, which wasn't particularly good (specifically screenwriter/actor Dan Bucatinsky, who seemed too mannered in his delivery at times.) I guess it's a middle of the road romantic comedy...featuring gay men! If you like either, this might be your cup o' tea.
THE EXTRAS
The commentary track is done by director Julie Davis, writer/producer/actor Dan Bucatinsky and editor Glenn Garland. It’s actually quite comprehensive and they all seem to have had a great time shooting the movie (and actually admit to disagreeing on various things, even now that the shoot is over—but do so constructively), and really get into details about how they shot it in their independent style (budget of only $500,000). Really solid background info and a good listen for all budding filmmakers. There are also about a minute and a half worth of deleted scenes, which really aren’t that interesting or worthy. Not sure why these were included at all. There’s also an alternate ending for the film (which was the one in the original script), which was interesting to see, but definitely not the better of the two. I’m glad they stuck to the ending in the movie, which wasn’t as cliché.

There are also a handful of interviews with all of the main players from the film discussing the characters, Dan Bucatinsky, Julie Davis, the process and their connection in the film. Not your typical fluff…much more interesting and homey (all in all, about 15 minutes). There is also a 20-minute short film called “French Intensive” shot on video featuring no actors from the movie, but the one great Lawrence Tierney. It basically looks and sounds like a student film, which is basically what it is: shot in 1992 by Julie Davis (director of this film) and cost a whole $100 to make. You can also watch the first six minutes with a commentary from the director herself. It’s an interesting listen for anyone who’s interested in writing/directing on their own. There’s also a photo gallery with pics from the final wedding scene, storyboards, one of which is presented alongside the actual scene from the movie and the trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Overall, I gotta give props to this indie flick for coming out with more good stuff than bad, especially on the DVD, which has a solid commentary track and informative interviews. The movie itself is likely to be appreciated by anyone who enjoys the "first-love" romantic comedies, and even more so, by those in the gay community, who will likely see more of themselves in the lead characters (although you definitely don't have to be gay to see it). I enjoyed some of it, but other aspects weren't as original as I would have hoped. I say rent it to see if you dig, and if you do, then buy the DVD because it's definitely a better one than the norm.
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