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Touch Me

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by H. Gordon Boos

Bridgette (Amanda Peet), an aspiring actress from Los Angeles teaches yoga in an upscale health club and has just won the lead role in a David Mamet play. Adam (Michael Vartan) is a known playboy who runs the health club in addition to being the heir … see full wiki

Release Date: 1997
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Touch Me

Touch Me, a sensitive look at AIDS & HIV

  • Jan 10, 2004
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This delicate relationship film deals with the ever taboo area of AIDS and HIV, how people react, and how you adjust your life to compensate for an illness.

Amanda Peet is Bridgette, aspiring actress and parttime gym instructor, who discovers an ex-boyfriend is dying from the AIDS virus. She is in a new relationship with her boss, Adam (Michael Vartan), and has just landed a crème part in a new play and handed a new position at the gym. Life would be perfect if that one little pitfall hadn’t dropped in her lap.

She gets tested and learns she is HIV positive. How people react from this point, including Bridgette, is the true story of how closed minded we are about illness. Bridgette’s long time friend and roommate, Margot (Kari Wuhrer), throws a major hissy fit, as if she is going to contract the HIV virus from wearing Bridgette’s clothes for heavens sake. She moves out.

Bridgette attempts to end her relationship with Adam, but he is a wiser animal than she expected. He is willing and anxious to continue their affair, until he gets involved in a sticky situation himself with his drug addicted, alcoholic brother, Bail (Peter Facinelli).

This is a story of life moving on, learning to accept, learning to deal the cards dealt you. It is a bare faced slap at the closed minds of those that are not aware, are scared, are uneducated about the illness. It is a story of learning to love on different terms, finding what is most important in your life, about going home again.

Amanda Peet gave great dedication to this part, putting a sensitive issue in the light that most people would face it for the first time. When she needed to be soft, she was and when she needed to be tough, she was.

I cannot fault the part of Margot for being shallow. I think most people under the circumstances would react the same way. It wasn’t that she didn’t care about Bridgette, she just cared more about herself. It wasn’t one of Wuhrer’s shining moments but she really hasn’t been known for award winning work anyway. Hey, back off, I like her!

Both Michael Vartan and Peter Facinelli were nicely portrayed in their parts. I’ve really like Facinelli since The Big Kahuna and this part was certainly a switch from that one. Greg Louganis carried a small role as the lover of ex-boyfriend Michael and support person in the AIDS/HIV group. Still looking good.

Overall I think this was a good movie, bordering on sensitive issues and relationships. It wouldn’t hurt anyone to watch it, get a few vibes shoved at them, learn a few lessons.

H. Gordon Boos & Greg Sims take credit for writing the story, with H. Gordon Boos directing. No awards were assigned this film.

Thanks,
Susi


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