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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film with unexpected depth and emotions
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This is a very touching and wonderful film about a promiscuous gay man Christian (Wes Ramsey) who makes a bet with his friends that he will sleep with one of the Mormon boys, Aaron, who has moved into his block. Yet the more Christian gets to know Aaron (played beautifully by Steve Sandvoss) the more he realises what a superficial and shallow...
Published on 20 Mar. 2006 by H. R. Trigg

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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better!
Interesting story line but a missed opportunity. I expected this movie to be above the typical gay low budget offering but at times it struggled with its credibility. The acting was sometimes wooden or over exaggerated and I was unsure if this is how the Mormon religion deals with homosexuality. Although not a Mormon I felt the factual accuracy of a religion based movie...
Published on 3 Nov. 2005 by WJAJH


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4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful film a little let down by occasional poor acting ..., 27 Aug. 2014
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I thought I bought this from Amazon Germany, which sells a Region 2 version. A beautiful film a little let down by occasional poor acting (C. Rampling in particular) and a script not worked over enough.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When gay sex means something..., 13 Sept. 2005
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Aaron is a mormon missionary having been posted to LA. Christian is a partyboy waiting tables at "Lila's", the owner of which plays the role of givning the occasional voice of wisdom to the young people in her employ.
Aaron and Christian meet, indeed, they become neighbours. Of course events are such as to allow these two young men an intimate meeting which however falls flat of expectations. Accusations and repressions fly and set the scene for a good old "enlightenment"-drama where the journey unto one's self is for Aaron to embrace living the life of a gay man, let alone acknowledging his sexuality which is not so much a problem for him; and for Christian the learning curve is to embrace the fact that living as a gay man is more than casual and meaningless sex. For both of the protagonists the story is about "coming to" oneself as from being oblivious to the life that unfolds in front of them. For both of them the other is a wake up call that what they had been doing was avoiding life.
Of course the story is also about the fact that Aaron is from a mormon community and the huge problems that that entails, however, for all it is worth in telling the story about a young man finding individuality through loving another man the background of his imprisonment in a harsh and narrowminded religion is little other than a caricature. No doubt there are plenty of actual cases in which young men are imprisoned by harsh and essentially *unchristian* Christian sects; but the way Aaron's famly is depicted is crucially a low point in the overall appreciation of the movie. There is no scene that really lets us appreciate why Aaron would want to subject himself to the very explicit resentful behaviour of his family - barring the included scene in the special features section which does, much more than what was finally included in the movie, show a glimpse of belonging, of family relations sticking deeper than the mere fact of being family.
But the movie succeeds in telling the story about two men finding meaning, not just for themselves but also meaning in being lovers. The movie succeeds in saying that whatever else gay sex and gay life is, it is an alternative to the pervasive and repressive heterosexual culture with which we are all only too famliar. The key to being an alternative is for gay sex to mean something, to be the kind of act of love which casual sex is not. In some senses it is just another love story, but it is an alternative love story because for these two men sex is not just reproductive behaviour nor licentious meaningless recreation but a symbol of a timelessness which is beatifully illustrated in the movie when Aaron after sex asks Christian how long they were at it, taking up his grandfather's watch (an important piece of prop, one might add) which has ingraved the words of St. Paul that highest is charity, love. In this sense the life style these two embrace is a real alternative to the reproductive heterosexual life style which has dominated for far too long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must viewing, 10 Feb. 2014
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This film makes me cry EVERY time I watch it. Aside from that any film with Joseph Gordon Levitt in is a good film. There's also a corker of a sex scene.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best gay themed film ever!!!!, 12 Jun. 2011
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This has to be one of the most amazing gay themed films ever...beautifully constructed with characters you can empathize with.

Steve Sandvoss as Aaron is amazing, the vulnerability in his character contrasted against the more "in your face" Christian (Wes Ramsey), yet without focusing too heavily on the usual "film stereotypes".

If you had to pick one film from this genre, I'd say go for this one. Just a beautiful example of how love can blossom between the most unlikely of people for benefit of both. It will make you have faith again that such things are possible.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful,highly original and well-made., 15 Mar. 2011
Latter Days treads a path that is now fairly common in cinema: the homosexuality vs religion dilemma. Even so, Latter Days remains an original and very moving story. The lead actors, in particular Steve Sandvoss, are all strong, and come across as convincing. It is great to see Jaqueline Bisset here, and she plays her part with such a sense of empathy for the characters, she is a natural. And still so beautiful to look at. The male leads are also beautiful, but thankfully they offer so much more than just handsome faces and fit bodies. Mary Kay Place is the ignorant mother of the young man struggling with his sexual urges and the preachings of his church, and manages to convey just the right touch of coldness and revulsion, apart from one heavy scene where everything seems to boil over in a fit of anger. The film manages to convey something of the shallow and selfish lifestyle that has come to represent Los Angeles. But fitted into this,are the different kinds of struggles and problems faced by two very different young men, and the kindness that exists even in a large city. Beautifully done. The extra features here include a making of featurette, a photo gallery, and an audio commentary.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks C.Jay Cox !, 22 Dec. 2013
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I've heard, that this is just a queer fairy tale. So, why not ? Kids have their fairy tales, ladies have their fairy tales either... Why gay people couldn't have their own ? Fairy tales teach U to believe in good ends, to have possitive attitude to life. That's very important, isn't it...
The movie is fantasticly done - if we consider it's a low budget festival film ! And it's Steve Sandvoss's debut - he's just awesome !
Nothing is missing on the disc - excellent picture / sound quality, subtitles, behind the scene documentary...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic gay movie!, 29 Nov. 2013
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Thrown out of the Morman church because he kissed a man, Aaron actually has more heart, compassion and sensibility than all of the rest of them put together; showing the hypocrisy of the church and the situation he is in. This is a heartwarming story, superbly written with some truly memorable lines, a story were the two main characters, Christian, (Wes Ramsey) and Aaron (Steve Sandvoss) both grow into better men.
This is gay classic movie that you just can't miss, excellent cast, superb performances, easily a five star movie.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever you do don't miss this one., 21 Feb. 2006
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This is one of the best gay movies I have ever seen. It is far from perfect but I still give it 5 stars because I enjoyed every minute and even ended up having to stop myself from crying - and I am not sensitive.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better!, 3 Nov. 2005
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Interesting story line but a missed opportunity. I expected this movie to be above the typical gay low budget offering but at times it struggled with its credibility. The acting was sometimes wooden or over exaggerated and I was unsure if this is how the Mormon religion deals with homosexuality. Although not a Mormon I felt the factual accuracy of a religion based movie like 'Witness' was missing. I thought I was watching a cheap soap opera when it had the potential of being a unique cult classic.
I was not convinced by some of the characters but the star qualities of Jacqueline Bisset were obvious and Steve Sandvoss gave a very good performance and is worthy of main stream Hollywood. A good talent scout should spot him and I look forward to seeing him soon in a major movie. His facial expressions were excellent but his crying was not realistic.
For all that I am pleased I bought the DVD and enjoyed it very much. I watched it with my lover and we both used our tissues! Thank you to C Jay Cox for bringing the story to the screen..I hope he does similar again...
Watch 'Latter Days' with someone you love and you will appreciate him more...a bottle of good wine would also help...
For me this DVD was money well spent and I will watch it again and again and again.......
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6 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Best avoided!, 23 Feb. 2006
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Despite promising ideas at the inception of the film (see cast and crew interviews), it's almost impossible to escape the feeling that ideas were only half-baked at the time, and cast to the winds for better or worse. Unfortunately, it has come out for the worse. The script and characters lack substance, and the plot becomes ever more implausible as the film progresses. What starts off as a somewhat dignified attempt to explore religious conflict, set in contrast against modern gay hedonism, rapid disintegrates into farce and superficiality. It's a great shame considering the film could have made so much more of these chosen themes. If it wasn't for this, I could have almost forgiven the hammy acting, ill-placed camera angles, and lack of a redeeming soundtrack. All in all, the film would have been better served as a festival short, than a full length feature film.
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