Aaron prays, Christian plays...opposites attract.
Directed by: C. Jay Cox
2004 Cosmique Movie Awards
Gay playboy Christian (Wesley Ramsey) makes a bet with his co-workers that he can seduce his new Mormon next-door-neighbor (Steve Sandvoss), not expecting to actually fall in love.
"Latter Days" builds its story on a series of clichés and stereotypes - but that's not necessarily a bad thing. To become a stereotype or cliché, there must first be a set of assumptions that may not always be true, but are at least often true. Film-makers can use these assumptions as a sort of short-cut. The true test is whether the film-maker can weaves them together in an interesting an innovative way, and in this case, "Latter Days" passes the test.
The problem is that the character of Christian is such a stereotype that he doesn't have enough of an opportunity to realistically rise above it over the course of the film. The character starts off fairly shallow, as a gay guy with a job rather than a career whose sole motivation is looking for the next lay. The problem is that when he tries to demonstrate his depth to the object of his affection, the film-maker resorts to a clichéd device that really doesn't make him any more interesting. (In contrast, the film-maker does a better job humanizing some of his Mormon characters.)
Overall, "Latter Days" is simultaneously sweet and disturbing with a beautiful cast. Worth seeing, and conceivably worth owning, but unlikely to become one of the great gay classics.
My Rating: 7
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