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The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green (R)

Release Date: June 16th, 2006 (Quad Cinema) by Regent Releasing/Here! Films.
The Cast: Daniel Letterle, Diego Serrano, David Monahan, Joel Brooks, Richard Riehle, Meredith Baxter, Dean Shelton, Shanola Hampton, Rebecca Lowman, Scott Atkinson.
Directed by George Bamber.

BASIC PREMISE: 26-year-old Ethan Green (Letterle) hopelessly searches for love while scheming to stop his house from being sold by his ex-boyfriend, Leo (Monahan).

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green , based on a comic strip, awkwardly mixes sexual comedy, drama and romance without even a dash of realism. The outrageous, underused, cross-dressing “Hat Sisters” (Brooks and Riehle) provide the most laughs with their physical humor and funny political one-liners. However, everyone else, especially Ethan, come across as painfully unfunny and almost as annoying as this film's long title. Throughout his quest for love, Ethan must choose between a hunky baseball player, Kyle (Serrano) and Punch (Shelton), a 19-year-old real estate agent who helps him in his other endeavor of keeping his house from being sold. A few scenes are somewhat amusing to watch, but the transitions between scenes along with the soundtrack makes this feel more like a long sitcom rather than a feature film. Meredith Baxter gives a decent performance as Ethan’s mother who happens to be a gay wedding planner. However, the weak screenplay by David Vernon doesn’t make her seem like a real mother nor do any characters seem like real human beings who you can relate to. Moreover, Ethan has no chemistry with anyone on screen. The silly, contrived, predictable third act doesn’t add much in terms of comedy, drama or romance.


INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Awkward, far-fetched and too silly.


IN A NUTSHELL: Occasionally amusing, but often awkward, far-fetched and silly.


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