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April's Shower
April's Shower
Actors: Maria Cina, Trish Doolan, Randall Batinkoff, Denise Miller, Joe Tabb
Director: Trish Doolan
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     2006     1hr 38min

Trish Doolan's debut feature is a charming comedy that questions how far one would go for true love. On the morning of April's wedding shower, we meet Alex (Trish Doolan), a chef put out by her attempt to host the perfect...  more »

     
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Actors: Maria Cina, Trish Doolan, Randall Batinkoff, Denise Miller, Joe Tabb
Director: Trish Doolan
Creators: Trish Doolan, Honey Labrador, Bill Shaffer, Christopher Racster, Denise Bitidis, Eloise DeJoria, Jacov Bresler
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Gay & Lesbian, Love & Romance
Studio: Liberation Ent
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/23/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2003
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 38min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A Joyful Trip about the Power of Honesty
Feeling All Right, NJ | New Jersey | 07/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Although this film has been criticized for an excess of stereotyped characters and comedy that tries too hard at times, if the criteria for a good film is how it makes you FEEL, for me then this film is a complete success.

Although it is in the package of a light farce, there is a powerful undercurrent here of the need to be true to oneself in love. The main characters, Alex and April, (Trish Doolan and Maria Cina) had secretly been long term lovers but now find themselves preparing for April's wedding to her boyfriend Pauly, someone she is with because it is more socially acceptable. This is the wrong decision, as they and the audience will come to recognize. The story unfolds in so many surprising turns that the characters and the audience are challenged to yield to the ultimate fluidity of events and of romantic attraction. Conventions are questioned, partners change places, and at some point before too long nearly everyone, male and female, with a little help from some free-flowing wine, ends up dancing with the party's sexy Latin bombshell.

There is real power in the journey of Alex and April as they move out of a place of hiding to one of celebration and community, despite the constraints of religious backgrounds and the consternation of parents. All of this happens surprisingly easily during the course of the story, which happens with the feeling of being shot in real time. The romantic scenes are not of a graphic nature but there is an intimacy to them that sustains the central dynamic of the film -- that of the importance of honesty in relationship to self and others. These two people have the kind of connection that might make it possible, if they can be open about it, for the "world" to come around to meet them where they are, after all, because it is right for them and because it is good.

This is a movie with a cast of sometimes zany characters who ultimately come together in a community of spirit, and a joyful celebration of "true love," whatever form that may take. This film is sweet, uplifting, and fun in its approach to the topic of self-acceptance and coming out of the closet. Congratulations to the charismatic Trish Doolan, who stars as Alex, for the determination and talent to make this movie as writer, director, star and co-producer. It is a joyful trip for all."
Well done
DragonLady | Lost in Tennessee | 06/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you are looking for sex, this is not the movie for you. There isn't any. However, if you like a lot of story lines going on at once, along with romantic comedy then this is a good flick. I think it to be very realistic with good lines and a cast that has very good chemistry. I thoroughly enjoyed it."
What a wate of my time
Anny T | Florida | 12/15/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Look, I'm used to movies like "Better than chocolate", "Listen", "Gia", Monster, series like "The L word", real good lesbian stuff. When I got this movie thinking it was a good lesbian drama, I was completly dissapointed. Boring, unrealistic, stupid... do not waste your time/money. The real lesbian of the movie ends up with a guy, and the main characters were so boring! oh god! I still regret I watched it. Hey, if you wanna see a lesbian movie that has never been properly discovered, buy "Listen", it's only a VHS version, but it's hot, great lesbian thriller... reminds me of Basic Instinct but better."
Stiff, disjointed, and random
A. Guerin | Henderson, NV | 08/28/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"With altogether too brief funny moments to break it up, the overall feel of this movie was amaturish and wooden. Based on a hard to believe premise - would you, as an ex who was jilted 10 short months ago, agree to be the Maid of Honor for the lover who left you? - nope, me either. I kept feeling like I was watching a bad high school theater production - shot in the Winchester mystery house. Continuity issues, a weak and disjointed story line heavy on the stereotypes, and a badly stiched together plot drove this movie into the dirt for me.
Watching paint dry would have been so much more entertaining.
I want my 98 minutes back."