Friday, March 6, 2015

Latter Days (2003)

Director: C. Jay Cox

Stars: Wes Ramsey, Steve Sandvoss, Mary Kay Place, Rebekah Johnson, Amber Benson, Jacqueline Bisset, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rob McElhenney

Aaron Davis is a Mormon missionary that has been assigned to Los Angeles. He has never been to the area is like a lost lamb in the woods. Christian Markelli is gay waiter that thinks of sex like a hand shake. Aaron and the other missionaries move into his building. Christian and his roommate Julie work at the same restaurant. The rest of the waiter and waitress make a $50 bet with Christian that will or will not be able to have sex with Aaron. Nobody knows that Aaron is secretly gay.  After several awkward encounters, Christian Kisses Aaron, and the two men get closer. Aaron has to decide between his love and attraction for Christian or his work and faith.

This was a sleeper gay movie that ended up being one of the best indie gay movies. The story has been told too many times. You know boy meets boy, but one boy is a Mormon and the other is kind of a slut. The story is sweet and really hot at times. The main characters really go through a journey of self-discovery that makes them both a better person.

The sad part is that the main actors in the movie did not go far after this movie. The rest of the cast was so much better than the others. Mary Kay Place is the worst mother that you could find in this movie. She does not deserve kids at all. She was just so hateful to her son. Do you remember the singer/songwriter Rebekah? She did the song Sin so Well. I was so surprised to see her in this movie and performing. Tara from Buffy plays one of the waitress. She still rocks. The woman that I thought almost disappeared, Jacqueline Bisset, cast her calming and loving spell on this movie. She is not in the movie that much, but all of her scenes are well worth viewing. To top the movie off, you have indie movie king Joseph Gordon-Levitt as one of the missionaries in the house. He nails his parts as always.

This is one of those movies that you can watch over and over. It has a great story with a great message. This is one that I think should be added to your collection, if you really like the movie. Enjoy.

Latter Days (2003) Trailer

1 comment:

Bill Jonners said...

One of my all-time favourite movies. It's extremely rare for me to cry watching a movie but I had tears in my eyes towards the end of this one - even when I watched it the second time.