Release Date: February 23rd, 2007 by Yari Film Group.
The Cast: Heather Graham, Tom Cavanagh, Bridget Moynahan, Molly Shannon, Alan Cumming, Sissy Spacek, Rachel Shelley.
Directed by Sue Kramer.
BASIC PREMISE: Gray (Graham) and her brother, Sam (Cavanagh), both fall in love with the same woman, Charlie (Moynahan).
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Gray Matters has the right ingredients to potentially be a delightful romantic comedy, but, unlike the recent Avenue Montaigne and Puccini for Beginners, it just never sizzles because of its awkwardly stilted script. Heather Graham plays Gray, a young woman who goes through a sexual identity crisis when she meets her brother’s fiancée, Charlie. She seems to have more chemistry with her brother, Sam, rather than with Charlie, so people they meet confuse them as a boyfriend and girlfriend. The only characters who add some liveliness to this bland film are Gray’s quirky co-worker (Shannon) and a friendly cab driver, played by the scene-stealing Alan Cumming. More scenes with them would have been helpful. However, in New York City, often do you find such a genuinely sweet, friendly and calm cab driver, flirts with a passenger and has the time to give her advice in his apartment? Gray’s inevitable coming-out scene is way too over-the-top to be believable. Watch for a brief cameo with Sissy Spacek as Gray’s shrink who barely seems like a professional one given her bizarre advice—she’s just there to force some comedy into the plot. Writer/director Sue Kramer includes some interesting yet brief homage to romantic comedies from the 1940’s, but too many scenes fall flat with forced humor and other contrivances. At least it’s not nearly as painful to sit through as the recent so-called romantic comedy mess, Because I Said So, and the supporting actors help to make it mildly entertaining.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Often contrived, awkward and bland.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 6
IN A NUTSHELL: Mildly entertaining, but often contrived, awkward and bland.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: DVD
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