Gray Matters

Gray Matters

DVD - 2007
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"Thirty-something New Yorker, Gray, shares just about everything with her wisecracking brother, Sam: old movies, swing dancing and--much to her surprise--an attraction to his gorgeous new girlfriend, Charlie. Never having realized she might be gay, Gray's confusion turns to desperation as she follows the "expert" advice of clueless friends, shrinks and strangers."--Container.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2007]
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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matcat44
Jun 10, 2009

Could only stand to watch about ten minutes of thirty somethings behaving like teenagers, speaking so fast it was hard to follow the dialogue - or to care!

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joseph
Sep 07, 2008

Skip It (please) - Hollywood must really be running out of ideas. The premise is so strange that I felt absolutely nothing for these characters. In a nutshell, you have a brother and sister who are closer than most brothers and sisters to the point that they are always together and their friends always thought that they were an item. O.k., this is different - let's keep watching. The brother meets a woman who hangs out too closely to the sister because future sister-in-laws act this way all the time, right? Well, the writers figure that they might as well throw in another twist because the first two are not "interesting" enough. As a result, the writers mix in a gay aspect to the film (I won't tell you who, you need some surprise if you decide on torturing yourself with this uninspired, useless picture). It's a comedy void of laughs - a real turkey.

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Michael
Jul 15, 2008

II liked this comedy. It moves briskly, has good double-entendre laughs - some obvious ones too - and remains entertaining from beginning to end.
So it looks like I have to play Richard Roeper to Joseph's Roger Ebert on this one.
"Gray Matters" is a throwback to past hollywood movies ( if you're old enough to remember them), right down to the Ginger & Fred dance number that it opens with. But, for that - it could have just as easily been called "Gay Matters", because it's really just an ultra-light look at homosexuality and the challenges of coming out late in life.
As a straight guy, I'm happy to get my dose of this modern-day phenomena with just that degree of discomfort. The Hollywood gay community, however, has already come out and thrown artistic rocks at it.
Admittedly, it's not "Kissing Jessica Stein", but it turns on the comedic balance of Heather Graham, a modern day Judy Holliday, who delivers her role - single young adult Gray Baldwin - with enough girl smarts to overcome some scatter-brain pronouncements at first.
Critics used to pigeon-hole Holliday's formula for success too - another dumb-blonde actress with looks. But like Holliday in her time, Graham is dumb-like-a-fox in this film. And she does it all with aplomb, despite the script she has to work with.
It's a maiden effort from first-time writer/director/producer Sue Kramer, who has some initial problems with the "genre-auteur theory".
She's lax in her direction, so without an external compass to guide them, the weaker actors lapse into mediocrity. Especially bad is Ottawa's own Tom Cavanagh, as Sam, the brother, who's totally out of his league here. Molly Shannon as the co-worker letch does her usual SNL shtick so she gets by with her sight-gags and improvised one liners. But New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's former main squeeze, and the movie's duel love interest with the conveniently cross-serving name of Charlie - the beautiful Bridget Moynahan - is allowed to deliver her lines like she was still on some runway in Paris or New York, stiffly modelling the latest haute couture. Even the usually reliable Sissy Spacek in a cameo role as a shrink can't counter-balance that because she too is allowed to drift.
It remains for Heather Graham to save this film - and I believe she does - in a role tailor-made for her frenetic energy as an actress. She's beautiful to look at, even if you find it a little implausible at first that she's ever entertained thoughts of switch-hitting. But she convinced me half way thru' the movie, and after that, it all fell into place. Once her character's own confusion cleared on who and what she really loved in life, it opened up the possibilities for a modern-day love story to unfold - confusing, urban yet urbane - just like this movie. My guess is general audiences won't find it trite, but funny instead - in spite of it being called ironically a puff-piece by the gay community.

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