Raucously funny and sweetly romantic, Adam & Steve is a twisted, tender comedy that would surely make John Waters cackle with glee (L.A. Weekly). In the 1980s, Adam (writer/director Craig Chester) and Steve (Malcolm Gets, ... more »TV s Caroline in the City ) had a horrifically embarrassing one night stand. When they meet again years later, they fail to recognize each other and fall in love as do their wisecracking best friends (Parker Posey, Superman Returns, Best in Show and Chris Kattan, TV s Saturday Night Live ). Honest, irreverent and a whole lot of fun, Adam & Steve is all about making love work whatever the odds.« less
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 08/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"ADAM AND STEVE is a movie you want to succeed: the idea of an honest gay relationship developing between two guys with a weird history and subsequent difficulties forming meaningful intimacy, the presence of four fine actors, and a film that seems to take itself not too seriously. The problem is that writer/director/star Craig Chester just seems to have put too much into his bag for one film and in doing so he diluted the strength it could have had.
Adam (Craig Chester) first met Steve (Malcolm Gets) in a dance bar in 1987 where Adam (accompanied by his grossly obese friend Rhonda - Parker Posey in a fat suit) is dazzled by Steve's good looks and on a bet from Rhonda ends up on the date from hell: after snorting coke cut with baby laxative the two men become amorous with some rather embarrassing consequences. 17 years later Adam is a bird watcher guide while his friend Rhonda, now without a single pound of fat, is a sadly unsuccessful standup comic. Adam inadvertently injures his beloved dog and in trying to get help at a human hospital encounters psychiatrist Steve and the two begin a courtship.
Neither man is able to cope with the idea of monogamous intimacy yet they develop a solid relationship, despite visits with dysfunctional families (Adam's Jewish family are ridiculously accident prone while Steve's Texas redneck parents are coldly homophobic). Steve has a straight roommate Michael (Chris Kattan) who plays into Steve's life the way Rhonda plays into Adam's life. Eventually memory recovers the past, it is dealt with and the ending is very predictable - as well as bit sappy.
Each of the main characters does a fine job with their respective roles. It is the sidebar diversions that mess up the storyline rather than enhancing it. Yes, much of the nonsense can be forgiven because the film's heart is in the right place, but why this talented group could not have inserted a little restraint here and there is a frustrating question with which we are left. It is an entertaining film that errs on over the top asides to the point of distraction. Grady Harp, August 06"
Very sweet romance
groomRN | Illinois USA | 08/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, I'm a sap for a romantic comedy; I like a happy ending, so sue me. This movie is funny and sweet, well acted, and has great production values. The characters are very endearing and seem like real, everyday kind of guys. The second time I watched it was even better because there was much I missed or didn't appreciate the first time. Definitely worth buying and watching over and over."
Adam & Steve
Michael T. Dadour | Australia | 01/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Best word that comes to mind is "mindless". If your looking for a picture that is pure entertainment, absolutely no substance, above average exaggerated acting, then this is for you.
I absolutely laughed all the way through. Lifted my spirits.
Totally recommend you get this picture out and watch with a group of friends.
In time this picture will build to 'cult status'."
This Movie Rocks!
NjM | Connecticut | 09/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Who said a comedy cannot be serious! Even though I was laughing my butt off during 'Adam & Steve', my heart also jumped. It was a beautiful love story of two men that met in the 80's and come full circle to present day. The acting is superb, the comic timing is genuious. Parker Posey is at her best as fat and thin!
Good tip: There is a blooper reel on the DVD special features! It is great - check it out!!! Thanks for reading."
A B- Movie
H. F. Corbin | ATLANTA, GA USA | 03/31/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The film "Adam & Steve," written by, directed by and starred in by Craig Chester-- he plays the bungling addict-in-recovery gay Jewish character who now conducts bird-watching tours in New York but seventeen years ago in 1987, was a twenty-something in white makeup-- is an uneven movie, a romantic comedy but that has its moments. Some of them are the country-western line-dance number stepped to the hilarious song "S--t Happens; Adam's lover Steve's singing from "The Sound of Music" of "Something Good"; the title itself, which takes the oft-quoted statement from the religious right, that God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve, and turns it on its head, for example; the wedding scene for all its hokiness is quite moving.
On the other hand, parts of the movie are way over the top-- the diarrhea scene is disgusting, much of Rhonda's (Parkey Posey) stand-up comedy routine is boring, and Chris Kattan as Steve's straight roommate is miscast.
"Adam & Steve" is certainly not up to the quality of "Brokeback Mountain" but is better than a dozen low-budget gay-themed movies, whatever that means, the names of which I have long since forgotten."