Director: Jason Reitman
Writers: Jason Reitman (screenplay), Joyce Maynard (based on the novel by)
Stars: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith
Kate Winslet plays a separated mother with serious issues. She’s struggling to cope with a troubled past, while raising her son (Gattlin Griffith). One afternoon, they’re intimidated by an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) who forces his way into their home…and ultimately, their lives. The inevitable relationships are pretty obvious from the start, but it’s watching them develop that gives the movie its weight. Although it moves slowly, the solid performances and Jason Reitman’s controlled direction make for a sweet, slightly pretentious but compelling drama.
GAY ANGLE: Brolin is at his most sexy (and shirtless for a flash).
That Awkward Moment
Director: Tom Gormican
Writer: Tom Gormican (screenplay)
Stars: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller
Three friends decide to stay single. They spend the rest of this movie in attempts at witty repartee (sometimes successful, but more often not). This is really a romantic vehicle for Zac Efron (he even gets teary), but the story is too trite to be believed. Meanwhile, Miles Teller is the star (he’s an up-and-coming talent). His has charisma and offhand comic style is winning. Michael B. Jordan (also a promising newcomer) has some light moments, but has to handle the dramatic duties. It’s all about relationships, so this is def a chick flick, but it revolves around guys, so there’s lots of cussing and lowbrow humor. Even though it’s well-paced, the dumb plot and unoriginal writing make it mediocre.
GAY ANGLE: Efron fans will get several short shirtless scenes and one extended dick joke.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.