"Actually, the many loves, and types of love, contained in this little film are quite 'ordinary' and happen every day. They just don't usually make it to the big, or little, screen. We have a guy who owns a house. He can't come out because his mother fantasizes that he will get married one day. He rents rooms to a female in a rock band (with whom he, and just about everyone else, has an affair; a dead guy; a narcissistic (and justifiably so) actor who likes it both ways; a cute little Asian boy; and an over-weight bank teller. The movie must be viewed as a self-contained soap opera, considering the myriad twists of plot and sub-plot, which involves the usual betrayal, bank robbery, adultery, and murder. The nicest facet of the story is the developing romance between Vince (the Asian boy) and his 'straight' hispanic neighbor, Ramon -- who is also the son of an abusive father (upon whom his mother is cheating with Andy, the narcissistic actor!). The only two who have any integrity in the film are Ramon and Vince, and they are amply rewarded at the end. Probably only deserves three stars, but the people are cute enough to bump it up to four. And it's just nice to see a film where there is a natural variety of sexual preference. It's not SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, but it is fun."
Loaded with cool features
Paul Cella | New York | 03/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For an independent, "omnisexual" picture, No Ordinary Love has a lot of really cool features on the DVD. Everyone I know really likes the Vince and Ramon story, and the DVD makers took that subplot right out of the movie and made it a stand-alone featurette! You can also jump directly to each of the hot love scenes between the beautiful young actors. The DVD version of the movie, an entertaining, Almodovar-esque comedic melodrama, also has an informative and funny commentary track. The music is great, especially the bathtub scene with "Tempted". The young actors may not have acted much before, but they have so much screen charisma, I didn't mind their inexperience. I wish there were more movies like this one."
Watch it again and again
Jason Klein | Chicago | 03/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really loved Nicholas Roeg's film THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH starring Daviod Bowie because you had to watch it several times to "get it". It's the same deal with NO ORDINARY LOVE. Yeah, there are a lot of subplots, but that makes it all the more interesting to watch the 2nd, 3rd and 4th time around. And the unique thing about this very sexy soap is: you can watch it once normally, and then again with Spanish subtitles (practice your Spanish!) and again with French subtitles (ditto French), and then again with a very interesting commentary by the filmmakers. Then you can isolate all kinds of wonderful moments from the film with the many menus. Somebody put a lot of thought into this DVD --much more than other gay titles I've seen on DVD. It sure won't be something you watch once and then put on the shelf to collect dust."
This is one crazy movie
dmt277 | Houston, TX USA | 04/10/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is definitely crazy, but it is also quite funny. Watching this story is like going on some kind of wild ride-like a roller coaster-the plot takes off and never looks back as it goes forward through all of its crazy twists and turns. The relationship between Vince and Ramon is definitely the most compelling story of all the many subplots, and it is nice to have their story all by itself in the special features section. Most of the characters are really funny: especially the very fat guy-who causes a lot of problems for Kevin-who owns the house that the fat guy is renting a room in. Another character is Wendy, who is pregnant by her bisexual boyfriend-Tom-who marries Tom's male lover-Kevin. Wendy and Kevin do this because she does not want to be a single mother and Kevin's mother is putting pressure on him to get married and have children, which he obviously is not all that keen on doing given the fact that he is gay. (Does anyone want to guess as to how this marriage does?) The last main character is Andy who is a bisexual stripper-or something like that. Kevin, Vince, Wendy, Andy, and the Fat Guy all live together in Kevin's house. Kevin has to have all these roommates so that he can pay the mortgage on the house his mom helped him buy. If you can't tell by now, this is a pretty complicated movie with many subplots, but it is very funny and I enjoyed watching it. Vince is by far the best character in this movie because he is the only one with any real depth--although with so many characters and subplots it is hard to give much depth to any one character."
A hilarious murder mystery.
Jason Klein | 08/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I may be a minority of one, but the surprising plot twists and the zany characters make this a very funny murder mystery. $90,000 missing from a bank, a cuckolded husband with a gun, a bank teller with a house-cleaning obsession, a gay student in lust with his straight neighbor, a $20,000 ring (who pushed its owner down the stairs?) all go together to make this one of the brightest and wittiest movies I've seen."