All Over the Guy

2006-03-30 12:06

"All Over the Guy" explores the unlikely pairing of Eli and Tom, two twenty-somethings thrown together by their best friends Jackie and Brett. While Jackie and Brett are falling in love, Eli and Tom are stumbling away from it. Eli's parents are trying to get him to talk, while Tom's repressed, alcoholic parents are trying to get him NOT to.

Eli's story is narrated to Esther, the salty receptionist at an STD Testing Clinic. Esther's wisdom, which comes from her own 40-year marriage, becomes the ultimate testament to relationships in general. Tom narrates his story to a friend he meets after an AA meeting and learns his own life lessons in the process.

After simultaneous wedding day pep-talks from Jackie and Brett, Tom and Eli overcome the dysfunction of their parents, share in the joy of their best friends' romance and surrender to their own hearts.

What the critics are saying:

"Goldberg and Alexander, both adroit comedians, are far more interesting than the usual subplot drones you find in romances."
- Desson Howe, Washington Post

"...reflectivity between the filmmakers' agenda and the agenda on the screen is both insignificant and distancing in that the film seems to pander to an already enlightened audience."
- Ed Gonzalez, Slant

"If you want to watch a gaggle of pretty faux-neurotic people hang out and throw quips, you're probably better off watching Friends."
- Wesley Morris, SFGate

This pleasant romantic comedy deftly avoids gay stereotypes, but it stumbles over the pitfalls of sentimentality and predictability.

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