All Over the Guy

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All Over the Guy
All over the guy.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Julie Davis
Produced by Susan Deitz
Juan Mas
Dan Bucatinsky
Donnie Land
Juan A. Mas
Written by Dan Bucatinsky
Starring Sasha Alexander
Dan Bucatinsky
Adam Goldberg
Joanna Kerns
Lisa Kudrow
Andrea Martin
Christina Ricci
Doris Roberts
Richard Ruccolo
Music by Peter Stuart
Andrew Williams
Cinematography Goran Pavicevic
Edited by Glenn Garland
Mary Morrisey
Distributed by Lionsgate Films
Release dates
  • August 10, 2001 (2001-08-10)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,051,948[1]

All Over the Guy is a 2001 gay-themed romantic comedy film written by Dan Bucatinsky and directed by Julie Davis.

Plot[edit]

All Over the Guy is about Eli (Dan Bucatinsky) and Tom (Richard Ruccolo). The film is told mostly in flashback, with Eli recounting his side to Esther (Doris Roberts), an HIV clinic worker as he waits for test results and Tom to a guy he meets at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Tom is the adult child of emotionally distant alcoholic WASP parents who never quite accepted his sexual orientation and as a result is a heavy drinker himself and has a penchant for random hookups with different men. Eli's parents are both Jewish psychiatrists who raised him to be emotionally open but ended up making him neurotic.

Tom and Eli are set up on a blind date by their best friends, Jackie (Sasha Alexander) and Brett (Adam Goldberg), who think they would be a perfect match. They're both looking for 'The One', but don't recognize it when they find it. On the date, a boring evening is broken up only by an amusing diatribe by Tom against the movie In & Out. A few days later they run into each other at a flea market and hit it off, winding up back at Eli's place where Tom spends the night. The next morning Tom says that it was a mistake.

Jackie and Brett decide to try again to set them up, and the two men start to develop a relationship. Tom's fear of becoming emotionally close coupled with Eli's own insecurities makes it difficult for them to maintain, but Jackie and Brett get engaged which forces Tom and Eli together. They disguise their unease behind petty arguments over meaningless details of grammar and pronunciation but are finally able to push past the pettiness and make love. Eli tells Tom he loves him and Tom, terrified, lashes out at him the next day and drives him away.

The flashbacks end here on the day of Brett and Jackie's wedding. Esther tries to teach Eli to be more understanding of Tom's emotional needs. The AA member tries to sexually assault Tom, and when he tells Jackie she upbraids him for throwing Eli away for daring to fall for him. At the reception, Eli and Tom come to realize that they have to overcome their families' dysfunction and their own fears.

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 43% out of 47 professional critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 4.9/10.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All Over Guy - Box Office Mojo Retrieved 2010-05-27.
  2. ^ All Over The Guy. Rotten Tomatoes. Flixter. Retrieved on 14 June 2012.

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