Boyfriends

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Overview

In this British dramatic comedy, three gay couples spend a weekend in the country as they try to sort out their relationships. Paul James Dreyfus and Ben Mark Sands have been together for five years; the first four were happy, but things have gotten difficult in recent months, and they're considering calling it quits. They've rented a house in the country for Easter weekend and have brought along some friends, whose love lives are also in transition. Owen Andrew Ableson and Matt Michael Urwin have been seeing ...
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Overview

In this British dramatic comedy, three gay couples spend a weekend in the country as they try to sort out their relationships. Paul James Dreyfus and Ben Mark Sands have been together for five years; the first four were happy, but things have gotten difficult in recent months, and they're considering calling it quits. They've rented a house in the country for Easter weekend and have brought along some friends, whose love lives are also in transition. Owen Andrew Ableson and Matt Michael Urwin have been seeing each other for three months and are wondering if the time is right to move in together. Meanwhile, Will David Coffey and Adam Darren Petrucci recently shared a one-night stand, and Will is hoping it will grow into something deeper, though Adam knows better.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1999
  • UPC: 720229908283
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: First Run Features
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Dreyfus Paul
Andrew Ableson Owen
David Coffey Will
Russell Higgs Mark
Michael McGrath James
Michael Patrick McGrath James
Darren Petrucci Adam
Mark Sands Ben
Michael Urwin Matt
Technical Credits
Tom Hunsinger Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Neil Hunter Director, Producer, Screenwriter
James Dearlove Art Director
Alan Snelling Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Tisdall Camera Operator
John Trumper Editor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boyfriends and Boy Friends

    Co-writers/directors Tom Hunsinger and Neil Hunter conjured this little Indie film in 1996, an examination of relationships among seven gay men that not only impresses as a non-exploitive, honest sociologic study of life in the 90s in England, it also is a film that is a healthy mix of humor and tenderness that stands up well more than ten years later. Three couples of varying endurance gather for a weekend holiday to celebrate a birthday: Paul (James Dreyfus, remembered as Hugh Grant's ditsy travel book shop worker in NOTTING HILL) has been with Ben (Mark Sands) for five years but their relationship is rocky because of Paul's wandering eye for a lad he met at the funeral of his brother Mark Matt (Michael Urwin) is celebrating his three month steady relationship with Owen (Andrew Abelson) though Owen already has the itch to move on Will (David Coffey) brings his latest one-night stand twinkie Adam (Darren Petrucci), knowing that his chances of retaining the youth's interest are less than favorable. Into the mix comes James (Michael McGrath), the ex-lover of the recently departed Mark whose arrival and introduction to the group occurs in the form of a tryst in the woods with Owen. Each of the paired men face confrontations and face honesty about their pasts - recent and distant - and it is through the weekend of bed swapping that each man finds his own real needs. And the results vary from happy reunions to factual realities of choices made. The cast is a mixture of seasoned professional actors and newcomers who have not made subsequent films. There is a ring of honesty in the portrayals and the creators have opted to study compatibilities based on personality traits and needs as opposed to filling the story with the requisite soap opera subplots that tend to dampen the effect of these studies of groups and their lives. It is not a great film, but is an honest little quiet movie with particularly good performances from James Dreyfus and Andrew Abelson. Worth watching, even in 2007! AND there is a bonus 11 minute enactment of the Achilles/Patroclus story in animation narrated by Derek Jacobi that is charming! Grady Harp

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