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Gray Matters
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06.06.2007 By: Sturdy
Gray Matters order
Director:
Sue Kramer

Actors:
Heather Graham
Bridget Moynahan
Tom Cavanagh

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The lives of a perfect brother-sister pair are turned upside down when the brother meets and falls in love with a beautiful woman. Unbeknownst to him, his sister also falls in love with her and that prompts her to discover who she really is.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I find typically that when a movie deals primarily with a homosexual character, they lose focus pretty quickly. Usually, the character being gay, or dealing with being gay takes center stage and the actual story gets pushed off to the side. GRAY MATTERS proves that theory by ignoring a somewhat interesting premise and going off on a completely different tangent.

The basic idea of the film is that a brother and sister fall for the same woman. That would make for a decently funny and interesting film. Unfortunately, that idea is abandoned half way through so the director can solely focus on Heather Grahamís characterís sexuality. It takes over 45 minutes for her to accept sheís gay. Meanwhile, the rest of the characters in the story are left to fend for themselves and any resemblance of an intriguing story is out the window.

One of the problems with that is Ms. Graham. Since the fantastic BOOGIE NIGHTS, sheís managed to stink up every movie sheís been in. Thatís not to say her co-stars are that much better. Bridget Moynahan looks way out of her element by actually having more than three lines in a movie and Tom Cavanagh has only one role (ED) in his repertoire and itís getting pretty old.

I didnít expect much from this film and therefore I wasnít disappointed, but Iím still frustrated at the way it was done. Granted, it does have some heartfelt moments that are actually well done, but theyíre too few and far between. Itís really two separate movies and the confused-girl-coming-out-of-the-closet has been done before. They had a chance to make a genuinely interesting film that happened to have a gay lead character and instead they took the easy way out and the result is a lousy film.
THE EXTRAS
Making of Gray Matters (3:35): This was hardly a making of featurette. It was more like an extended trailer. There are a couple of comments from the stars and director and thatís just about it.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I canít find a reason to recommend this film unless youíre just a huge fan of one of the actors. It has its moments, but it loses track of the story and the tangents arenít that interesting.
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