Bryan F. Irrera (bfirrera) wrote,
Bryan F. Irrera
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The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green (Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Film Festival movie 1

Saturday night I went to see The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green. The listing from the festival site is here.

Okay. It was fun, but very light. I've never read the original comic strip, though I'd heard of it (it's one of those continuing strips, so if you aren't reading it regularly it's hard to follow and I'd only occasionally spot it in the Philadelphia Gay News...which I only got to see every so often when I'd happen to be in the city).

So, I went in not knowing the story or the characters. There were some surprises as far as some of the people that were in it: Meredith Baxter as Ethan's mother was a scream. The characters "The Hat Sisters" were strange yet funny and wise.

However, while I think Daniel Letterle is absolutely adorable and while I'm sure it's not his fault that he was directed in this manor, his over-the-top mincing was a little too much to bear. Alright, we get it. He's gay. But, does he have to flounce through the whole thing? None of the other gay characters were portrayed this way and I didn't get it.

I initially gave it a "very good" simply because it's hard to rate that first film you see. You don't want to be too harsh and you don't want to be too easy on it either. I knew that it didn't rate a "great", but probably SHOULD have gone with just "good".

EDIT: after seeing the stinking pile of poo that was "Say Uncle", I'd have to say that I'm glad I gave this a "Very Good".

Unless it's really cheap (under $10.00) or has an extraordinary amount of extras (it'd have to have nearly as many as those extended "Lord of the Rings" movies to sway me at this point), I don't foresee myself adding this DVD to my collection.
Tags: movie/filmfests/philly/gaylesbian, movies/movie_reviews
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