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A contemporary romantic comedy about the universal quest for that one true love. All Over the Guy centers on an unlikely pair of two twenty-somethings, Eli (Dan Bucatinsky) and Tom (Richard Ruccolo), who are thrown together by their respective best friends. They're both looking for 'the one,' but don't recognize it when they find it. They do everything they can to not fall for each other, stumbling over their own fears, family dysfunctions and foolish bouts of self-sabotage. Their comedy of errors rolls on, with the two oblivious to what everyone else can clearly see is in their hearts. Ultimately its' in the small moments of truth-the talk among trusted friends and the fear between new lovers-that the two find their way to a love that will last.
"Oh, I hate that movie!" The outburst of contempt the characters feel toward the clichés of In and Out announces All Over the Guy as a gay romantic comedy with a difference. That difference, apparently, is that gay men can suffer the same neurotic commitment problems and kooky conflicts on the way to true love as straight couples. Prissy control freak Dan Bucatinsky (who also scripted) and macho alcoholic Richard Ruccolo recover from a train wreck of a blind date to find common ground in traumatic childhood stories, and spend the rest of the film breaking up between smart remarks. There's a snap to Bucatinsky's dialogue and an entertaining lilt to Julie Davis's direction, but the characters never become more than caricatures. Token straight couple Sasha Alexander and Adam Goldberg are far more fun, and Christina Ricci and Lisa Kudrow make memorable cameos. --Sean Axmaker
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So glad to see Richard Riccolo in the movie. I can't write an useful review but I still want to say something nice about the movie. Director Julie Davis didn't intend to illustrate a stereotypical gay film that deals with 'coming out', 'Drugs and Sex' or 'fighting aginst AIDS'. This movie is just about a relationship whose main characters happen to be gay. I like movie with this sort of healthy approach. Writer Dan Bucatinsky should be praised for that also. However, the plot was too common thus predictable. Well, at least it's still a good choice for a relaxing evening filled with laughters. I must conclude that Richard Riccolo just shines! To me, he gave a brilliant performance for his role as Tom. Watch out for his "killer eyes" and that very charming smile of his. How come we don't see him that often in movies? "You do the math". Support this fine actor by grabbing this DVD. It's worthwhile I tell you.
Tom (Richard Ruccolo) is a promiscuous, self-hating, recovering alcoholic, who fears commitment, especially when he likes a person-or worse-the person likes him. He goes back to Alcoholics Anonymous when he falls off the wagon; he claims the trigger as being "all over this guy." At AA, Tom vows to quit drinking-and guys-because he cannot be trusted with either. Tom was raised by uncaring, bickering, alcoholic parents, who fostered his fear of intimacy. When you meet his parents at their country club you understand why Tom is the way he is. Richard Ruccolo is irresistible as Tom.
Jackie (Sasha Alexander) is Tom's best friend. She meets a guy named Brett (Adam Goldberg), who works at a furniture store, and immediately falls for him. She finds out Brett has a gay friend, Eli, and since she has a gay friend, Tom, she devises a way to get a date with Brett by fixing their two friends up. Jackie and Brett arrange for Eli and Tom to go on a blind date while they cement their own relationship.
Eli and Tom's blind date was awkward and both men decide it was a disaster. Then, they run into one another at a flea market and feelings begin to stir. They have a quick fling, cheapened by Tom claiming it was a mistake. Eli didn't know what to make of it. Every time Eli thinks Tom is letting him in-Tom backs away because of fear. Tom tells another member of AA the story about his rocky relationship with Eli.Read more ›
While some reviewers may not completely understand Tom's (Richard Ruccolo) flip-flop personality of nice guy/bad guy in dealing with Eli (Dan Bucatinsky), it makes perfect sense for people who do not feel good enough for a partner they are in love with due to a lack of self-worth within themselves. Particularily in light of the frowns and pressures put on gays in general society, Tom's rebuffs, isolation, one night stands, and alcoholism are easily understood. Both Tom and Eli's personalities, fears, hesitancies, idiosyncrasies, and quirks are "explained" and very well done in scenes involving their relationships with their parents both in the present and in flashbacks as children as Mr. Allen did in "Annie Hall." One of the powers of "All Over The Guy" is how well it communicates the premise that we are who we have become due to the influences of our parents and siblings as we grow up.Read more ›
The story in brief: while shopping in a furniture store, Jackie (Sasha Alexander) meets furniture designer/salesman Brett (Adam Goldberg). The sparks are instant. After realizing that they both have a gay male best friend, they decide to fix the two of them up. The first date of Eli (Dan Bucatinsky) and Tom (Richard Ruccolo) goes down in flames, but on a second meeting something ignites. But Tom's alcohol fueled insecurities and Eli's need for order makes their ensuing relationship rocky. Essentially, they just can't seem to get it together. Will true love prevail?
Look, I really, REALLY wanted to love this film. In the end, I liked it a lot, but it missed that being-a-classic benchmark by a good distance. Here's why:
There aren't many films with opinions are widely and clearly polarized as those regarding "All Over the Guy." That's a nice way of saying you either loved it or hated it. Me, I can understand both points of view... if you aren't into snappy, overly-glib, "Friends"-like dialogue you are going to definitely hate this film. I happen to love that sort of stuff. Okay, call me shallow, but the movie made me laugh out loud on several occasions. (Example... BRETT: "Be there or be square." ELI: "I hate when people say that. 'Cuz even when I'm there, I'm square, so where's the incentive?") Overall, I thought the dialogue was sharp, and the juxtaposition of a gay relationship against a straight one was handled nicely.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This was a good film, the production quality was good and the acting was believable. The story was realistic in regard to the difficulty of getting to know someone and the baggage... Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by T. Hulse
Well written and nicely acted... a good blend of comedy and drama. Mr. Bucantinsky writes with flair and feeling, and acts with grace and depth. Mr. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by William Zahner
I found this movie quite charming.
The film centres around two guys who are brought together by their best friends for a blind date, and they coudnt be more different. Read more
Dan Bucatinsky stars in a film he wrote, and what a rounding success. The premise is simple: two (straight) friends meet and find an instant attraction, and then set up their... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004 by C. Hodges
As far as Gay-themed films go, I would have to say that this is by far my favourite. It shows gays as most are--normal people with (sometimes not so) normal problems. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003
I thought this would be a cute gay romantic film with little kinks in the plot but ultimately end in fuzzy sweetness. Basically, a nice, light movie. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2003 by AH123ABC
You ever notice how cute and ideal gay men are in movies and shows today? At least here we get a truly messed up couple that lives happily ever after. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2003
As far as Gay-themed films go, I would have to say that this is by far my favourite. It shows gays as most are...normal people with (sometimes not so) normal problems. Read morePublished on July 19 2003
I've read all of the previous reviews and found some truth to them. In spite of a low-budget, at times contrived quick stereotypes and cute dialog, the film works on many levels... Read morePublished on July 2 2003