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Gray Matters

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
4 out of 10
Extras Rating:
5 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: PG-13

Starring:
Heather Graham as Gray
Thomas Cavanagh as Sam
Bridget Moynahan as Charlie
Molly Shannon as Carrie
Alan Cumming as Gordy
Sissy Spacek as Sydney
Rachel Shelley as Julia Barlett

Special Features:
Theatrical Trailer
The Making of "Gray Matters"

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"In this hilarious romantic comedy, Gray (Heather Graham) helps her brother (Tom Cavanaugh) find the love of his life. But the night before her brother's wedding, Gray's world is turned upside-down when she discovers that she has feelings for his fiancée (Bridget Moynahan)! With the help of a sarcastic co-worker (Molly Shannon), a sympathetic cab driver (Alan Cumming), and her therapist (Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek), Gray is forced to figure out who she really is."

"Gray Matters" is rated PG-13 for some mature thematic material, sexual content and language.

Mini-Review:
"Gray Matters" is a bizarre movie. It starts out looking like yet another cheesy romantic comedy. It's overly sappy, disgustingly cute, and utterly predictable. Predictable, that is, until it starts making a major twist. I went into this movie knowing nothing about it, so I was a little surprised when Heather Graham as Gray starts partying with Bridget Moynahan as Charlie. Then they bathe together. Then they kiss. It was about this point when I caught on and realized "Gray Matters" wasn't just a romantic comedy. It was a lesbian coming out film. This is definitely a case where you can't judge a film by its DVD cover. Unfortunately it's still boring, still sappy, and still disgustingly cute. The end result is a film that attempts to do something completely different but ends up being incredibly bland and unfunny.

There's really only one bonus feature on this DVD. It's your standard "making of" featurette. In it you discover that the writer / director was inspired by her own lesbian sister to write this film. There are interviews with the cast and crew. It's pretty much your usual fare.

If you get this movie expecting a romantic comedy, you'll be pretty disappointed. This is first and foremost a 'coming out' film. Unless you're in the mood for that, I suggest you pass on "Gray Matters."

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