Latter Days
Latter Days
R | 30 January 2004 (USA)
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Christian, a hunky, 20-something, West Hollywood party boy gets more than he bargains for when he tries to seduce 19-year-old Elder Aaron Davis, a sexually confused Mormon missionary who moves into his apartment complex.

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Matialth

Good concept, poorly executed.

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Sexyloutak

Absolutely the worst movie.

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AutCuddly

Great movie! If you want to be entertained and have a few good laughs, see this movie. The music is also very good,

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InformationRap

This is one of the few movies I've ever seen where the whole audience broke into spontaneous, loud applause a third of the way in.

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snowyprecipice

A good film that deals with religion and homosexuality, and how ironic it is that religion claims to bring people together but actually rips families apart. Aaron Davis is a Mormon and Christian Markelli is an openly gay neighbour when Aaron moves into the apartment complex with several other "Elders".I didn't rate the movie very high due to its tendency to fall into stupid clichés, but the characters themselves were pretty good (especially sweet sweet Aaron!). And the topic the movie dealt with was well-conveyed in most parts.Also, there's a happy ending cause gay movies should have more of those. //huffs

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museumofdave

Back in the 1930s and 40s, a popular genre film was the womens film, quickly made but well-crafted romances with Carole Lombard, Kay Francis, Joan Crawford, or Bette Davis, films in which the lead character struggled with her values and sometimes her career in order to find, at last, True Love. This film is not too far removed in spirit, intelligently updated, no doubt, but still basically and essentially a Romance, even if it does confront a modern dragon in the guise of fundamentalist religion. I never found that watching this film was dull, as the plot is compelling even if one suspects the ending--the actors are appealingly fresh and attractive, the villains far too easy to boo, but veteran Jacqueline Bisset turns in a warm tribute in the mode of Lauren Bacall school as a wise restaurateur, and there are other cameos that are a delight;For a young person struggling with coming out of the closet, this film might be a joy and a revelation; for others, less so. It is film crafted with affection at a time when there is massive and social change and certainly reflects how various liberties can clash in a multi-layered culture.

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r_wind0300

A romantic homosexual movie that touches us deeply. I do love it and so do many of my gay friends.Its story is not only about love but also about friendship, which completes the movie. The plot is so enjoyable to watch and makes us stay watching no matter how long its duration is. Moreover, the plot is so sexual, which powerfully results in the going up and down of sexual tension we might feel.The actors and actresses gives their best in performances here, especially the two main actors, Steve Sandvoss and Wes Ramsey. It's lovely and desirable to watch two hot lads having their first time sex after having sincerely struggled together for true happiness and for living life as their own selves. Its happy ending will stay memorable in our mind and be beautifully saved in our heart, as it's done to me. Wonderful!!!

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jgrv-1

I stumbled upon this film just a couple of days ago and it's stayed with me ever since. I've already watched it twice.One thing I like VERY much about "Latter Days" is that it has a happy ending. So many gay-themed films, even when revolving around romance, end in death or disillusionment. It's refreshing to witness a portrayal of a gay couple who, despite a great deal of conflict and major obstacles, find true love and a future together. It DOES happen in real life and, to that end, the film is as "realistic" as any tragedy.Many of the actors deserve mention: Wes Ramsey as Christian, the gay party boy, is excellent. Jacqueline Bissett, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mary Kay Place and Erik Palladino bring something special to their smaller roles. But it is Steve Sandvoss who knocks it out of the park as Elder Aaron Davis, the sweet, shy Mormon missionary who comes to terms with his homosexuality amid the confines of the LDS beliefs.The film is clichéd, no question, but no more so than many romantic movies. If your taste veers toward complete realism, this isn't the film for you. "Latter Days" is basically a drama, but it does contain its share of comedic moments. I myself am not, nor ever have been, a member of the Mormon church, but I have spent a good deal of time around it and have had a number of LDS friends. While I have a certain amount of genuine respect for the church, I would be lying if I said that the portrayals of the Mormon missionaries and families in this film do not ring true.There are a few unbelievable moments, to be sure. As an example, when Christian confronts Elder Ryder about Aaron's whereabouts, Ryder gives in and tells Christian about Aaron's five-hour layover in Salt Lake City. In reality, no missionary with such a lack of sympathy toward "fags" would suddenly soften enough to give out this information."Latter Days" may not be one of the great films of all time, but it brings to light the complex problems that can exist between organized religion, families and homosexuality, with pathos and sensitivity, along with a tug at the heartstrings. For that, it is more than commendable.

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