Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Get Your Stuff|
Actor: Kelly Packard; Kimberly Scott; David Faustino; Lisa Ann Walter; Grady Hutt; Jason Stuart; Cameron Watson; Christa Jackson; Kiko Ellsworth; Maeria Paezz; Elaine Hendrix; Andrew Shaifer; Patience Cleveland; Anthony Meindl; Denis Simpson; Jasper Cole; Jason
Director: Max Mitchell
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Gay & Lesbian
Phil is a respected psychotherapist and couples counselor. Eric is a successful attorney. They have lots of friends, tons of money, and host pool parties complete with appropriately flamboyant friends. Phil and Eric are an... more »
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A new perspective on modern family values.
giovannif7 | West Hollywood, California United States | 08/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Phil and Eric are a Beverly Hills gay couple who have it all - looks, money, friends, professional success, and a solid relationship. The next step appears to be bringing children into their family, so the couple begins the process of adopting a baby. This process is often a long, drawn out one for prospective parents (especially gay parents), which can lead to frustration. When a child caseworker friend suggests that the men take in a couple of young brothers while waiting for the baby they want, Phil and Eric agree to foster the boys "just for one night." As the promised one-night-stay stretches into two nights, then three, then on and on, the two boys reveal themselves to be streetwise, somewhat homophobic, and more than a little interested in the contents of the liquor cabinet. Further complicating matters, the boys are tracked down by their mother, an alcoholic prostitute who lost custody of them. She initially wants to take the boys away from this "unwholesome" setting, but after witnessing the benefits of their current living situation firsthand, changes her mind and seeks a permanent place in the arrangement. The resulting stress threatens to tear the couple apart, as one partner develops a soft spot for the boys and their mother, while the other just wants them gone.
The film is a solid first effort by writer/director Max Mitchell. He deftly touches upon issues including the importance of compromise and communication in a relationship, how to get through difficult stretches without self-destructing, and what it takes to make a family. As a school psychologist, I have worked with children in the foster system, as well as others in broken and highly dysfunctional homes, and the portrayals of the two boys in this film are spot-on. Their behaviors may seem outrageous and unbelievable, but when you look at the abuse and neglect such children go through all their lives, it's easy to understand that their acting out is their attempt to reject adults before they can be rejected themselves. Why would they want to start caring for and counting on another adult when that adult is just going to walk away and leave them behind soon, the way all the others have? I find "Get Your Stuff" to be an involving, funny, moving study of those who have a lot but are still missing something, and those who have little and just want a chance in life. If you're interested in a gay film that focuses on exploring family values from a new perspective, this is the film for you.
GET YOUR STUFF is an awesome movie that will inspire you!
Porfie Medina | Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA | 02/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"GET YOUR STUFF is one of the better gay movies out there. Phil and Eric are a very attractive gay couple who live in Beverly Hills. They seem to have it all: the looks, the bodies, great jobs, the material things, but they have been longing for something far more meaningful... a baby. They have been waiting to adopt a baby but end up with two foster kids (TJ a 12 year old alcoholic and his younger brother Brian) who have both had a horrible childhood. The couple's social worker keeps telling them they will get their baby, and blackmails them into taking the boys for one night, which turns into many nights, and soon many weeks. Just when things start to get better the childrens mother comes back in to the picture. Phil (who is a family therapist) does everthing he can to keep the kids and yet keep their mother in their life, but while he is busy trying to unite a family his own relationship is falling apart when Eric feels he just can't take being put second any longer. Will Phil be able to save his own relationship and keep the family together? I will not give away the ending, but I will say this is a wonderful gay movie that deals with issues very rarely seen in gay films. Even though the quality of the movie is low budget and these actors are not veteran actors as some reviews have pointed out, the cast did a great job and this is truly a great film that you can watch over and over. I highly encourage anyone who appreciates movies that inspire, make you laugh, make you cry, but most of all that entertain you to check out this great movie called GET YOUR STUFF!"
What a refreshing gay movie about family
Top8 | 10/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a refreshing gay movie about family. Some of these negative reviews posted here may lead you to believe this is the worst movie ever made. This is not a bad movie at all. The quality of the film is not good as most low budget films are not. The movie itself is such a wonderful film that deals with family rather than just sex uped hunks who are in to drugs. Get Your Stuff is a great film."
An entertaining movie w/ timely themes
Christopher Roesch | Rochester, NY | 05/06/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie as a benefit for our local gay/lesbian film festival a year or two ago, and loved it, so I'm happy it's finally available on DVD.
The story deals with a gay couple who want a child, and are conned by a social worker into becoming foster parents to two "at-risk" boys, one of whom turns out to be homophobic. Things get complicated when the boys' real mother (a substance-abuser) decides she wants to come back into the picture.
All things considered, this was a fairly-compelling, often humorous "feel-good" piece of gay cinema, achieved with a cast of mostly unknowns. I think this would be a good addition to anyone's collection."