Release Date: March 31st, 2006 (Quad Cinemas) by TLA Releasing.
The Cast: Craig Chester, Malcolm Gets, Parker Posey, Chris Kattan, Melinda Dillon, Thomas Kopache, Noah Segan.
Directed by Craig Chester.
BASIC PREMISE: Without realizing about their embarrassing one-night stand 17 years earlier, Adam (Chester) and Steve (Gets) accidentally meet again and fall in love.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Adam & Steve is both a hilarious comedy and a beautifully-written romantic comedy. The first five minutes will make you think you’re watching a Farrelly brothers’ movie when Adam and Steve have a very awkward one-night stand. Without giving too much away, Steve leaves an unwelcome present on Adam’s floor. Now, 15 years later, Adam accidentally stabs his dog and brings it to a psychiatric hospital. Steve, a psychiatrist who happened to study veterinary, comes to the rescue. Soon, they start going on dates and fall in love, but little do they know about their first meeting 17 years ago. What makes Adam & Steve work as a romantic drama is that you actually believe that Adam and Steve are real, complex human beings with all of their idiosyncrasies. You actually want them to end up together just like couples in any other romantic comedy, such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding and When Harry Met Sally…. Some of the humor comes from physical comedy, such as a dinner with Steve’s parents—watch for a well-shot sexual innuendo. Parker Posey and Chris Kattan play Adam’s friends and provide for most of the funny lines. Posey’s comic energy is very contagious. Overall, writer/director Craig Chester knows how to blend inappropriate humor and heartwarming romance without compensating for character development and a realistic plot. At 99 minutes, the perfect running time for a romantic comedy, Adam & Steve doesn’t overstay its welcome.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: The past always comes back to haunt you in one way or another, but it can’t get in the way of true love. Other than that message, none is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: A winning romantic comedy! Refreshingly funny and heartwarming!
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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