Gray Matters

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Gray Matters
Gray matters movie poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Sue Kramer
Produced by Jill Footlick
John J. Hermansen
Sue Kramer
Written by Sue Kramer
Starring Heather Graham
Tom Cavanagh
Bridget Moynahan
Molly Shannon
Alan Cumming
Sissy Spacek
Rachel Shelley
Music by Andrew Hollander
Cinematography John S. Bartley
Edited by Wendey Stanzler
Distributed by Yari Film Group
Freestyle Releasing[1]
Release dates
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,000,000
Box office $59,000[2]

Gray Matters is a 2006 romantic comedy film directed by Sue Kramer, starring Heather Graham, Tom Cavanagh and Bridget Moynahan. It premiered on October 21, 2006 at the Hamptons International Film Festival and had a United States limited theatrical release on February 23, 2007.


Gray Baldwin (Heather Graham), a family oriented and quiet bachelorette, lives a close-knit life with her brother, Sam (Tom Cavanagh). Their lifestyle is generally co-dependent, involving them living together, going to dance classes together, etc. Gray and Sam's relationship has never been thought of as strange, but once a dinner party guest mistakes the siblings as a couple, Gray and Sam decide to venture outside of one another. While discussing with each other what they can do about their single lifestyles, and how they can "hook each other up" with a significant other, their conversation continues to the park, where Gray spots a possible girlfriend for Sam, Charlie Kelsey (Bridget Moynahan). Gray introduces herself, then Charlie to Sam, and they instantly bond, agreeing to see each other again.

To Gray's surprise, Charlie and Sam become engaged the morning after their meeting. Charlie and Sam are so madly in love with one another, they plan to go to Las Vegas the following morning and elope there, and invite Gray along. Gray is a little hesitant, but agrees when Charlie says they can have a "mini bachelorette party". Gray agrees and the three make their way to Vegas. While in Vegas, Gray takes Charlie out for a hen night, and after many drinks, the two share a drunken but passionate kiss. The next morning, Charlie doesn't remember anything, but Gray hasn't slept the whole night, due to the bond she felt with Charlie. The situation makes Gray finally realize that not only is she attracted to women, but is falling in love with her sister-in-law.

The events in Vegas force a journey of self-discovery, testing the relationship between two very close siblings, and to finding happiness in lonely Manhattan. When Gray eventually 'comes out' to Sam, he tells her he's known all along, since they were young kids.

Later, Sam accidentally discloses Gray's orientation to her entire office, which, along with Sam's encouragement, gives her impetus to move on to further self-actualizing.



Both Alan Cumming and Rachel Shelley are significant actors to the LGBT community. Cumming is openly bisexual and an LGBT rights activist, and Shelley has become familiar to queer audiences in her role of Helena Peabody in The L Word, on which Cumming has guest-starred.


  • The film was shot on location in New York City in only twenty-one days.
  • The screenplay was loosely based on the life of Carolyn Kramer, the director's sister.


The Movie turned to be an overall flop earning $59,619 (USA) screening through 2007.


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