Friday, April 29, 2016

Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)

Director: Joe Mantello

Stars: Jason Alexander, Stephen Spinella, Stephen Bogardus, John Benjamin Hickey, Justin Kirk, John Glover, Randy Becker

Gregory invites seven friends to spend the summer at his large, secluded 19th-century home in upstate New York. The seven are: Bobby, Gregory's "significant other," who is blind but who loves to explore the home's garden using his sense of touch; Art and Perry, two "yuppies" who drive a Volvo and who celebrate their 14th anniversary together that summer; John, a dour expatriate Briton who loathes his twin brother James; Ramon, John's "companion," who is physically attracted to Bobby and immediately tries to seduce the blind man; James, a cheerful soul who is in the advanced stages of AIDS; and Buzz, a fan of traditional Broadway musicals who is dealing with his own HIV-positive status.

Jason Alexander was the star of this movie. They were hoping it would do well since he was in it and on a hit show. His acting in the movie was one of the worst that I have seen a straight man playing gay. Through most of the movie, all he did was shriek and scream like a little girl. His character played the victim throughout the whole movie. It was just too much to handle. The rest of the cast was really good. John Glover was good at playing two parts in the movie, a set of twins. The story was well written and easy to follow.

The other small problem with the movie is that I do not think that most of these characters would not be friends with one another. The personalities are so different in a way that I think that they would just fight more until that got even older.


This is not a movie for everyone. Most gay men will like this movie, but there will be a lot that will not at all. I think that it is a movie well worth watching at least once. It is not the best gay movie out there, but it is not the worst either. Enjoy. 


Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997) Trailer

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