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Just Say Love (2009)

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Bill Humphreys

When Guy becomes involved with Doug, a construction worker, he believes he has found “the one.” But their no strings relationship comes to a heartbreaking end when Doug reveals he has a wife and baby on the way.

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Director: Bill Humphreys
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Gay Love and Marriage

  • Jul 26, 2010
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+5
"Just Say Love"





Gay Love and Marriage





Amos Lassen



Many times two people come together because of physical attraction but does this constitute a relationship? This film looks at that very issue. The camera goes into the minds and the actions of two men and shows us just what happens. Matthew Jaeger (Guy) and Robert Mammana (Doug) play two men who are total opposites.
The film is actually a filmed stage play by David J. Mauriello and when you first begin to watch it you see a level of sophistication and humor that we do not often find in GLBT films. Doug is a good looking, rugged and married contraction worker who sits down on a bench next to Guy, a gay man who is reading Plato. The two begin to converse and they eventually go home and have sex. At this point you think that you have found a really good and new gay film. However, we soon learn that Guy is a writer who dreams of having a lover and becoming a "housewife". Doug is the stereotypical good looking and hunky "straight" male who cheats on his wife with men. Doug eventually becomes a permanent "one night stand" for Guy. He was looking for sexual satisfaction from a gay guy and along came Guy. what began as a casual oral encounter becomes a regular thing for the two men.
The idea of the film is simple--a human being is an individual that becomes something else when a new companion enters his life. Guy constantly reminds himself not to give in to Doug but he cannot help himself and when we reach the end of the film, everything ends up jus too neatly and this is the one fault I find here.
Like Berman's "Scenes from a Marriage" which I gather was the inspiration for this, "Just Say Love" is a collection of scenes from a relationship. Sexual coupling becomes something much deeper than just sex and we have the gamut of emotions thrown at us from the screen. I must add that the actors and acting are excellent.
The film is minimalist both in screenplay and in sets and we concentrate on the two actors who speak to each other. I find this to be a stimulating film, one of the best I have seen, despite the ending and I hope that it is a sign of what we can expect from gay film in the future. "Just Say Love" makes "Another Gay Movie" look like a kindergarten exercise.

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