My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (2010 film)
|My Girlfriend's Boyfriend|
|Directed by||Daryn Tufts|
|Produced by||Rick McFarland
|Written by||Daryn Tufts|
Peace by Peace Productions
|Running time||84 minutes|
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend is a 2010 American romantic comedy written and directed by Daryn Tufts, and starring Alyssa Milano, Christopher Gorham, Michael Landes, Beau Bridges, Tom Lenk, and Carol Kane.
The movie opens with Ethan (Christopher Gorham), a struggling writer, rushing to his girlfriend’s house only to be told by her roommate that she has left for the airport. Arriving at the airport moments later they are reunited and embrace. This scene abruptly ends and is revealed to be an excerpt from Ethan’s latest written work. His agent (Carol Kane), upon finishing the novel, informs him that it is “unrealistic” and will not be published.
Disappointed and exhausted from his many attempts at being published, Ethan retreats to a local café and while recording his thoughts into his personal journal meets waitress Jesse (Alyssa Milano) and is instantly smitten with her outgoing personality, beauty and charm. He asks for her phone number so they can go on a date together and she cheerfully agrees. Moments after Ethan leaves, a handsome patron named Troy (Michael Landes) enters the café and also asks Jesse on a date to which she also agrees.
As Ethan and Jesse begin to date, he learns that she was once married and that her marriage failed because she “was not the right girl” for her ex-husband. Ethan begins writing a new novel at the time that he and Jesse begin dating. Ethan, who manages the apartment building he lives in in order to live rent free, seems to be the exact opposite of the much more financially successful and suave Troy, an advertising executive. Despite this, Ethan and Jesse’s relationship blossoms and deepens and he falls in love with her, as does Troy.
Throughout the film, it is apparent through conversations with her brother and uncle (Tom Lenk, Beau Bridges respectively) that Jesse is struggling over how to tell Ethan her “secret”. She knows that Ethan desires a family and is enthralled by his interaction with his sister’s children. After Ethan proposes marriage to her Jesse becomes emotionally distraught over fear of revealing the truth and decides to end their relationship and leave town with Troy, who had asked her to move to another city with him to expand his business.
Heartbroken but determined to fulfill his promise to Jesse to finish his novel, Ethan submits his work and is overjoyed when he receives word from his agent that his novel will be published. As he is on the phone with his agent he receives a missed call from Jesse who is checking in at the airport. He tries to return her call but she has turned off her cell phone in the meantime. Just as in the beginning of the film, Ethan rushes to her apartment to tell her how much he loves her but her brother informs him that she has left for the airport. Ethan then races off to the airport only to find that he has missed Jesse’s flight.
He returns home and is surprised to find Jesse waiting for him in his apartment. She tearfully expresses her wish to be honest with him, but he decides to share his news with her first. He shows her his new novel, Troy Meets Girl. It is revealed at this point that the relationship between Jesse and Troy was fictional; Troy had been created by Ethan as a more wealthy and successful version of himself for his novel. Jesse was not leaving with another man, but rather for a job in another city for a fresh start. Jesse then reveals her secret to Ethan—she cannot have children. Ethan quickly responds that this does not matter to him and that they can adopt if need be. He again proposes marriage and this time Jesse accepts.
The film ends with Jesse and Ethan getting married and driving off in his car, which stalls and needs to be pushed by the wedding party.
- Alyssa Milano as Jesse Young
- Christopher Gorham as Ethan Reed
- Michael Landes as Troy Parker
- Tom Lenk as David Young, Jesse's brother
- Beau Bridges as Logan Young: Jesse's uncle
- Carol Kane as Barbara
- Heather Stephens as Sarah, Ethan's sister
- Kelly Packard as Suzy
Principal photography began in June 2009, in Salt Lake City, Utah, under the state's rebate program, and wrapped in July. Rick McFarland of Fiftyfilms produced the film with Milano who was also cast in the lead role.
Premiere and Release
On October 22, 2010, the movie began a limited theatrical run in Salt Lake City, Utah, and scored $10,300 on its opening weekend on just two screens. That per-screen average, of $5,150, was higher than that of many of the weekend's top 10 films, resulting in the film's expansion to three other theaters.
In December, 2010, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend experienced a national release through WB Digital's pay-per-view and VOD platforms. The movie is also currently available in High Definition through NetFlix Streaming Video On-Demand.
On March 1, 2011, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend was released on DVD.
Outside of the United States, the film was released in Germany, Benelux, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, the Mideast, the U.K., Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Indonesia, and other areas.
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