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Saturday, October 2nd

Upstairs at 8:30 PM

Latter Days
(2003, 107 min)

Country: U.S.

Director: C. Jay Cox

Studio: TLA Releasing

SYNOPSIS:

An LA party boy falls in love with a hunky, repressed Mormon missionary in this gay romantic comedy from C. Jay Cox, writer of the Hollywood hit Sweet Home Alabama.


REVIEW:

Match a hunky repressed Mormon missionary with an LA party boy, sensual sex and knowing humor, and the result is a film you won't soon forget. Christian (Wesley A. Ramsey) is a handsome, vapid young man who flits from guy to guy without much of a thought in his pretty little head. All his co-workers at Lila's restaurant expect only the latest bedroom report from him.

So when his roommate Julie (Rebekah Jordan) discovers that the gorgeous group of young men who moved in next door are Mormon missionaries, they take a bet on whether Christian can bed one of them. Christian quickly moves in for the kill, identifying Elder Aaron Davis (Steve Sandvoss) as a repressed homo - and quite a sexy one at that. Their initial encounters have a charged sexual tension, but fear of the devil keeps Aaronís libido at bay. When the two find themselves alone together they kiss passionately. Aaronís Mormon missionary roommates interrupt, spot their brother as a homo and send him back in shame to his Idaho hometown and embarrassed parents.

We can't tell you what happens next because weíre not going to ruin this romantic drama for you, but C. Jay Cox is a Hollywood screenwriter with all that entails. His work on Sweet Home Alabama which included a great gay character, brought kudos, but this is clearly his project of love. The incredibly handsome and charismatic Sandvoss, in his debut film, gives us fierce non-verbal emotion that few actors can match - watch this boy's career. All of the acting is first-rate, including Amber Benson as Christianís co-worker, Mary Kay Place as Aaronís stern mother and Jacqueline Bisset as Christianís restaurant boss who harbors her own secrets. Itís a grand gay screen romance with large-scale emotions that belongs in everyone's collection.

-- Scott Cranin