Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Love Valour Compassion|
Actors: Jason Alexander, Stephen Spinella, Stephen Bogardus, Randy Becker, John Benjamin Hickey
Director: Joe Mantello
Genres: Comedy, Drama
"Love!" follows eight gay men, longtime friends, who spend three summer holiday weekends together at a beach house.
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Beautiful Film Adaptation of Moving Broadway Hit
Lauren (firstname.lastname@example.org) | New York | 08/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I suppose I can understand where so many of my fellow viewers claim that the characters in L!V!C! are sterotypes. For the most part, they do fall into cliched perceptions of gay men...however one must bear in mind that not only is the author a gay man...he is a multiple Tony award winning playwright..one has to assume he knows that of which he writes. L!V!C! was a beautitful, tocuhing and laugh-out-loud funny piece of theatre when I saw it on Broadway, and it lost none of it's elegance in it's translation to film. The cast is superb...and for those who critisize Jason Alexander's performance as being one-dimensional obviously didn't watch through until the end of the film. Alexander delivers a rich, layered interpretion of the show-tune singing Buzz...and brings levels to the character that were left completely unexplored in the stage version. L!V!C! is one of those rare film that you can watch again and again because it has it all...you'll laugh out loud, you'll muse at difficult truths, you'll learn a little something about yourself and you might just shed a few tears. An extremely worthwhile film penned by one of the Great American Masters...treat yourself and view this film at the first oppertunity you get."
Reality on the silver screen!
70s_hippiechick | 07/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Who are we kidding? These characters are as close to real gay men in all their arrogance, vanity, and promiscuity as I've ever seen in a film. Yes, the stereotypes and cliches exist in the film. But what gay man doesn't display at least a couple of them? The romance between Jason Alexander and John Glover highlights how hard it is to find true and honest love in the gay world. It takes a man dying from AIDS complications to see that a lovable and worthwhile man exists inside of someone without a washboard stomach. It takes a a fat gay man to see the same in a man dying of AIDS complications. Who can honestly tell me that any of the other cuties in the film would've given either of the already mentioned characters a chance for romance? C'mon on guys, lets look in the mirror that this film is and ask, "If we don't like ourselves behaving this way, how can we change that?""
Not Your Usual
70s_hippiechick | Rocklin, Ca | 07/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I came upon the movie by accident and though my finger hovered over the channel changer I found myself increasingly caught up with the characters and their lives. I laughed and cried and thought it was a work of art. At first when I realized it was a movie about gay men I thought, "Oh no not another movie about AIDS",and indeed Aids was there but it only really hovered in the background for most of the film. The characters were quite believable and I laughed and cried and fell in love with this brave and intelligent film. The movie which comes to mind when I try to find a comparrison is, "Smoke signals" which is not about gays or aids or anything but life love and relationships and co-incidentally American Indians. I will buy this movie so I can see it again and I recommend it to anyone with a heart."
Disturbing and Over-wrought, but Effective
J. Collins | 07/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Though I'm without the benefit of having seen McNally's original play, it doesn't take a sleuth to figure out this story was meant for the stage. That kind of live performance would certainly help viewers to accept the 'over the top' drama that unfolds in L!V!C!, often with the subtlety of road rage. The men in this film all seem to be railing against the destruction of their lives and/or their relationships. Though this film is packed with PC moralizing and good-intentioned monologues, the witty script does a fair job of alleviating much of the emotional gloom and doom. The film's climax is (unfortunately) treated in arty seriousness, and plays like a gimmick to wring-out a few more tears after so much breast-beating.The dialogues and emotional exchanges in L!V!C! are, for the most part, sincere and not affected. Jason Alexander is a marvel as "the little horror under the stairs," a far-cry from (Seinfeld's) George Costanza. Critics who belittle this part as "stereotypical" are overlooking the obvious: even depressed Opera Queens have stories to share. John Glover reprises his Tony winning dual role and provides this film's standout performance. The supporting cast is visually appealing, if not entirely memorable.The structure of the story (as told over the course of several Summer weekends) is a slight detriment, in that it prevents viewers from seeing the characters in their respective haunts. That means that each of them winds up having to face his inner demons/turmoil because someone else in the group effects a challenge. No alliance is "safe" from harm or change, which makes the interplay fascinating to watch.I guess whether or not you enjoy this film depends on your personal tolerance level for high drama. There is no linear storyline per se, but rather a sense of evolution, toward resignation or acceptance depending on the character. Despite the insular nature of the subject matter, there are plenty of humorous and genuinely moving moments to make the film accessible to a variety of viewers.Incidentally, a DVD release of this film is overdue.-Mic"