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A movie directed by Bill Marchant

Ryan and Grant are the model of a perfect, urban gay couple. And they're getting married. The ceremony is set to be a small affair with only immediate family on the invite list. What could possibly go wrong? The answer isn't everything, it's Everyone, … see full wiki

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Director: Bill Marchant
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The Blurry Line Between Straight and Gay Relationships

  • May 13, 2005
EVERYONE is very much like a Smoothie: many different characters/ingredients are thrown into the blender and out comes a puréed concoction better than the individual parts. Writer, Director and Actor Bill Marchant take a refreshingly different look at gay marriage and in comparing it to straight counterparts develops a story that is funny, touching, and makes a lot of significant points.

Grant (Mark Hildreth) has been living with Ryan (Matt Fentiman) for three years and the story opens with preparations for their 'wedding' or 'union' or 'blessing' - a ceremony that is fraught with tension from the undecided title to the agreed apparel to the decor to the timing. Clearly this is a couple in conflict though they manage to resolve most problems physically!

The invited guests are to be family only - the brothers of both grooms and their spouses. Grant's mother Rebecca (Katherine Billings) is the first to arrive with a 17-year-old hustler Dylan (Brendan Fletcher) she met at the bus stop and whom she engages to carry her box of wedding decorations, and upon arrival she takes over the place plastering the yard with garish flowers and glitter. Dylan is 'cleaned up' by the men and becomes the tuxedoed doorman, greeting all the guests with outrageous comments and a fair sprinkling of drugs.

As each brother arrives we find through flashbacks that each couple carries significant baggage into this festivity: Shep (Bill Marchant) is an alcoholic surgeon drowning in guilt over the loss on the surgical table of a young girl patient while his wife sneaks away for trysts with a weekend lover; another brother is so career oriented that his wife's announcement of a pregnancy signifying her willing end of her successful acting career makes him plead for abortion; another brother is desperately trying to have a child with a wife who secretly aborts every successful fertilization out of disdain for carrying a child by him; and anther brother is a landscape architect married to a fragile woman who still lives in mourning for the child they lost exactly three years to the day of the now present 'wedding'. It rapidly becomes clear that the drive toward procreation that many acknowledge as being the core of straight marriages is in reality the target of the weaknesses in these couples' relationships.

As the day progresses the seductive randy Dylan plays an ever increasingly important role: he is the comic relief as well as the focal character that pries open all of the foibles of the people present. How his presence alters the day and the way the ceremony ends forms the conclusion to this comedy of errors.

The cast works well in the ensemble feeling of this film. Particularly outstanding is Brendan Fletcher as the pivotal hunky, Puckish Dylan. Carly Pope who plays the 'wedding planner' Rena is a natural comedienne, a sparkling star who delivers the best and zaniest lines with exquisite finesse. But each member of the cast has terrific moments. The ending scenes bring a nice sense of closure without resolving everything in a cloying manner. Bill Marchant shines in this first venture into writing and directing and one would hope he gains enough support to continue working on interesting and challenging films. Grady Harp, May 05

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