a film by Stewart Wade
2006 | 90 mins | US
›› Coffee Date
a comical tale of a blind date, with a difference.
Coffee Date by Stewart Wade Developed from a seventeen minute short that premiered at the 2001 Palm Springs Film Festival, here we find writer and director Stewart Wade of Tru Loved fame delight in a comical tale of a blind date, with a difference.

For Todd is straight. Have you got that? Given his mother, brother and seemingly everyone else around him is convinced that he's gay, courtesy of a blind date prank from brother Barry, that saw confirmed hetero Todd meet up with gay boy Kelly, only for the two of them to get their own back on Todd's mischievous sibling, by pretending to be a couple for the night. Trouble is, they get on so well together, that everyone thinks they are. Including Mother Dearest, who has rushed to LA to offer just too many words of support to her "newfound gay son." Yet with Kelly starting to fall for Todd's manly charms and with Todd contemplating a night with Kelly so as to prove his heterosexuality - er run that by me again, just how is their on-going date set to end?

Coffee Date by Stewart Wade Like Bruno Collins' recent short film The Morning After, here we find Wade chart the emotional repercussions of a straight man's close encounter with the gay world; albeit from a decidedly comical angle. Yet and not surprising given the opposing orientations in question, the two lead players, good as they are, lack a sexual chemistry between them. And that's a shame, given Wilson Cruz is on vibrant form throughout, playing off Jonathan Bray's deadpan delivery to sparkling effect, in his quest to separate Todd's sexual fact from fiction, if not the man from his clothes.

Well-executed and making the most of its budget, this is a feature that finds Jason Stuart on fine form as office gossip queen Clayton, leaving Sally Kirkland to relish in the role of a mother longing to hear her son voice the words "I'm gay and I'm proud of it," only for her wish to fall on the deaf ears of Jonathan Bray's macho portrayal of a heterosexual man both nervous and neurotic at the thought that he could be one of the boys; boys that here include cameos from Thomas Saunders and Peter Bedard, aka the original Todd and Kelly of the short. True, the result has one too many "gay panic moments" for my liking, with the pivotal sex scene between the principal pair it has to be said, played all too modest for a feature of this nature. But as a work that charts the growing friendship between two men of differing sexuality, it has its fair share of charm and laughs, before cutting the joviality of the piece with the biting reality of "welcome to our world" homophobia. Need more be said? Only that, check out Marco Berger's Plan B for a more in depth exploration of male friendship and sexuality.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - mainly from the waist up. 
Overall - file under ... 3 stars. 

›› Available to buy from Amazon.com.

›› Available to buy from Amazon.co.uk.
available on DVD as part of the TLA Releasing UK catalogue 26.November.2007 / UK.
screened as part of the 21st London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2007.
principal players: Wilson Cruz / Kelly, Sally Kirkland / Mrs Muller, Jonathan Bray / Todd, Jason Stuart / Clayton,
Elaine Hendrix / Bonnie, Deborah Gibson / Melissa, Jonathan Silverman / Barry, Joanne Baron / Mrs Orsini,
Kristin Andersen / Mrs Donovon, Thomas Saunders / Matt, Peter Bedard / Anthony
and Leigh Taylor-Young as Diana.
cameo appearances by Stewart Wade as Clayton's boyfriend Andy
and Jonathan Bray's wife Kristin as the Woman in Red.
official website:
www.coffeedatethemovie.com
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