Jeffrey
1995
In this comedy adapted from Paul Rudnick's off-Broadway hit play, a young, gay actor/waiter (Steven Weber) finds "Mr. Right" after becoming celibate -- a move inspired by his fear of AIDS. Struggling with the notion of commitment after learning his perfect mate is HIV positive, he relies on his best friend (Patrick Stewart, as an interior decorator), and a hilariously lascivious priest (Nathan Lane) to help him find the way.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

Normally it turns me off when a comedy tries to contort itself into a moving drama, but here's an example of that action saving a movie from itself. This overachieving gay indie thinks it's funniest when it's most flamboyant, with the effect of neatly-trimmed nails on chalkboard. What saves it from an early ejection from the DVD player is the strong chemistry of its leads, who make us care about their love story despite being heterosexual actors already well known from TV. (Oh, how I wish it was promoted as starring the guy from "Wings"! and the guy from "The Pretender!" and the guy from "Star Trek: The Next Generation"! instead of their real names.) I can't recommend it, but I don't regret seeing it.

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