Thursday, May 7, 2015

Jeffrey (1995)

Director: Christopher Ashley

Stars: Steven Weber, Michael T. Weiss, Peter Jacobson, Jeffrey Ross, Patrick Stewart, K. Todd Freeman, Robert Klein, Christine Baranski, Victor Garber, Bryan Batt, Camryn Manheim, Sigourney Weaver, Kathy Najimy, Nathan Lane, Olympia Dukakis, Gregory Jbara, Alice Drummond, Kevin Nealon

Jeffery is a young gay man living in New York City, but he is just tired of having sex. It has just become too difficult with the AIDS crisis still at a peak. He is going celibate. As soon as this happens he meets the man of his dreams that happens to be HIV+. Jeffery's friends are trying to get the two together, but Jeffery is too scare of being with someone that is sick.

This movie is considered a "gay", but it is so much more than that. It takes a look at the fear that Americans had at the time about people that were HIV+. That there was no way that you would ever date a person that was positive, or even think about having sex with. They also throw in the fact that Jeffery was a sex addict, and all of the other addicts telling their story throughout the movie. Make the subject of sex more fun and funnier for the viewer.

Just look at the list of the cast of the movie. It is a who's who of comedic talent. Not one bit of talent was wasted in this movie. Each big name that played a small part in the movie was outstanding. I'm not going to do the break down. Just watch the movie for yourself. They were all great.
The main characters and actors in the movie were the best. To have Steven Weber and soap stud Michael T. Weiss as potential lovers in a movie was really eye opening for movies at the time. The actors that played Jeffery's parents were so damn funny. Seeing those two "normal" parent type talking about such filthy topics to their son over the phone. Patrick Stewart was the best. He was the best older gay man that I have ever seen in a movie. You would think that he was really gay. He had it all down flat. He was that character completely.

Paul Rudnick wrote the play and the script for the movie. This was what made the movie so good and funny. The writing and the jokes were classic. It made the movie seem more reachable to a broader audience, because of the fact that it was a funny movie.

If you have not seen this movie, I have no idea where in the hell you have been hiding for the past 20 years. This movie became an indie cult classic among the gay community and indie people all around. You should check this movie out. Enjoy. 

Jeffrey (1995) Trailer

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