Latter DaysDirector: C. Jay Cox
Sweet Home Alabama screenwriter C. Jay Cox directs the independent romance Latter Days. Christian (Wesley A. Ramsey) is a young gay party boy who lives in Southern California. When a group of good-looking Mormon missionary guys move into his apartment complex, he's determined to pick one up. He ends up falling for sweet, innocent Mormon Aaron Davis (Steve Sandvoss), who's secretly struggling with his sexuality. Aaron slowly falls for Christian, even though he thinks he's shallow. The romance causes problems in both worlds. Christian tries to develop a conscience and ends up meeting Keith (Erik Palladino), a man dying of AIDS. Aaron has the difficult job of coming out to his mom (Mary Kay Place) and to his fellow missionaries. He comes against harsh criticism from the blatantly homophobic Ryder (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Latter Days won awards at the Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and L.A. Outfest.
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Cast & Crew
|Wesley A. Ramsey||Christian|
|Steve Sandvoss||Aaron Davis|
|Mary Kay Place||Gladys Davis|
|Jim Ortlieb||Farron Davis|
|C. Jay Cox||Director,Screenwriter|
|Eric Allaman||Score Composer|
|Darryl Anderle||Associate Producer|
|Peter Ayala||Set Decoration/Design|
|J. Todd Harris||Executive Producer|
|Nanet Harty||Art Director|
|Kermit Johns||Executive Producer|
|Lisa Lesniak||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Michael Lloyd||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Chris A. Miller||Production Designer|
|Jim Ridgely||Sound/Sound Designer|
|G. W. Rolling||Asst. Director|
|Scott Zimmerman||Executive Producer|
1. Mass of Dots [:05]
2. ...And the French [7:57]
3. 1 Cor 7:1 [9:52]
4. Skin Deep [6:41]
5. Man on a Mission [6:55]
6. Eat Your Chicken [11:39]
7. Why Him? [6:20]
8. Angels Trumpeting Down From Heaven [4:03]
9. Condemnation [12:30]
10. Burn in Hell [9:01]
11. The Greatest of These Is Charity [9:19]
12. Call to Heaven [11:29]
Cowboys & Angels
Latter Days Soundtrack
My Wife Maurice
Another Beautiful Day
My Grandmother Was French!
Susan Finds Davis
"Reason Thirteen" Short By C. Jay Cox
Commentary With C. Jay Cox, Wes Ramsey and Steve Sandvoss: On
Commentary With C. Jay Cox, Wes Ramsey and Steve Sandvoss: Off
The Trevor Project PSA
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This is a thoroughly pleasant film to watch, if for no other reason than to see two wonderful and woefully underemployed actresses, Jacqueline Bisset and Mary Kay Place, anchor this film and its occasional fluffiness firmly to terra firme. One must always be thankful and joyous that films such as this are being made. As with most films nowadays, the plot sometimes leaps from point to point and has some questionable gaps but interestingly enough, those gaps are filled in on the DVD section that shows deleted scenes. It makes one wonder why they were deleted in the first place because, to this viewer, they add some woefully needed depth to the characters and continuity to the script. The acting is adequate, although some of the more emotional scenes show the two male leads straining to make those emotions seem natural. This film does show very well the coldness and depravity of religious fundamentalism and it is a welcome commentary on where America is headed under GW Bush's 'regime de Deux'. The two best scenes are (1) Steve Sandvoss (Elder Aaron) giving comfort to a disconsolate Jacqueline Bisset (a worldly-wise restaurant owner) and (2) Wesley A. Ramsey (Christian) and Elder Aaron in a snow-bound airport hotel room finally consummating their relationship and then having a post-coital 'heart-to-heart' (although the DVD interviews with these two 'straight' actors disappoint as they discuss how they 'did what they had to do' in order to portray same-sex passion). Erik Palladino deserves an honorable mention as the wry home-bound HIV patient who forcefully challenges Christian to be brutally honest about his intentions and motivations as Christian attempts to add depth and meaning to his shallow, 'party-boy' lifestyle.
I just wanted to say that this is the movie the gay community has been waiting for. To many gay movies and literature are filled with poor story lines and needless sex. Not to say I dont love sex it is just nice to see a gay movie with heart.
when i passed by this movie at blockbuster i was like that looks like nice movie. so i pick it up and i was like hey just check it out and watch it. after watchin it i was cryin my eyes out. it made me realiuze alot of things in my life that i didnt before. and i related to the character chris sooo much, it was like that movie was about me, how the first time i loved someone i lost them (not that tragic, but still painful). and i just couldnt get over how good the main plot of the story was. at first i thought i was going to watch it because it had cute boys in there, but during it i realized this really is a great movie. i qould recommend it to everyone. it made me think no matter who you are, always do whats in your heart.
Steve Sandvoss is an incredible actor who shows such emotion and gives an honest performance. This movie will affect you no matter what your sexual preferance is! The movie is touching and Wes Ramsey and Ms. Bissett also add so much to the depth of this flick. Worth owning and sharing with those that may be homophobic.
It's 10:50 PM, the credits are still rolling as as I write this review with tears streaming down my face... Tears of joy. As we all know (but refuse to admit), the majority of gay views are willing to watch anything with the slightest gay subplot, just to have a feeling of belonging and that somewhere out there, someone wants to make movies about us, for us, and with us. You know the movies I'm talking about! Bad (but pretty!) actors, horrible scripts, bad cinematography. I include myself in that group of individuals. Latter Days came in the mail yesterday. I will not elude to the plot, only to say this is the most beautiful movie I have ever seen. EVER! I am happy to say that this film about us surpasses all love stories that came before it. Heterosexual or Homosexual... You will laugh, lust, and love.
I saw this movie at Blockbuster for a couple weeks, but I was just able to rent it today. I watched it, and all I can say is wow. This movie was amazing. I almost cried, especially during the song 'Tuesday, 3:00 AM', which Rebekah Jordan performs amazingly. Words cannot describe the impact of this movie.
Someone lent me this film on DVD and I must say that I don't really have a penchant for watching gay movies although I am gay. This movie had me gripped from the start. We all know the pretty party boy and we all know someone who's maybe uptight about their sexuality. I cried at many of the scenes, some I could relate to personally and some that just made me downright think about life. Steve Sandvoss, an incredibly sexy actor, took this role and made it real. Wes Ramsay also did a great job. I'd recommend this film to anyone. Beautiful job. I'm still affected.
I am truly glad I purchased this DVD. This is a great love story with humor, heart and faith. Great performances from the lead actors Steve Sandvoss and Wes Ramsey. There are a number of strong supporting performances from Jacqueline Bisset, Erik Palladino, Joseph Gordon Leavitt and Mary Kay Place. The soundtrack is excellent. The story is well paced. Writer/Director C. Jay Cox leaves you wanting more. That's the sign of a great film. It's a must see.
In the beginning..... that sounds like the start of a fairy tale, and in this case, an example of reality. Both the movie and book bring up the debate, correctly, that there is a Supreme Being that watches and loves us. Don't be surprised about the feelings of beauty, sadness,wonder love, self-doubt, despair and confidence you could experience brought about by the excellent acting. The producers and directors are right to include a spiritual background that a lot of people are not able to acknowledge, and the inherent power love has in everyday life. The movie has put a body on the on the spirit of the book, hard to do well, and well done. The book is worthy of reading, and the movie is worth the viewing. Do both.
I highly recommend this movie. It's theme of acceptance and tolerance is universal. For people that grew up in claustrophobic and homophobic religious situations, this is a movie not to be missed. The acting is exceptional and the characters full-drawn and unforgetable. Combined with a top notch musical score that is sexy and compelling, this is one powerhouse of a movie.
I thought this movie was wonderful. This movie had depth for both the characters and the storyline. How I can tell if a movie really stands out is whether or not when the movie is over do I want to know what happens next? With this I did and still do. Wes Ramsey is awesome as is Steve Sandvoss. C. Jay Cox got the right two for this. They showed a depth that was refreshing. I recommend it wholeheartedly!!
I have experienced my own situation like the one portrayed in the movie and was surprised at how close to reality this movie is. The pressure on people to 'hide' who they are based on fear instilled upon them by family and religion is unbelieveable. This is the best movie, with regards to homosexuality, that I've seen yet. It really sheds light on the hurdles that we all face with accepting our own sexuality and the struggle for acceptance by everyone...including our own families. The greatest part is that we all seem to find where we belong if we endure long enough.
This is the best 'gay movie' I've seen in quite awhile. I loved this story because does show that while there is promisuity in our community there are those of us who are serious about are relationships. It also gives a poinient look into the uber religiousness that can dictate how people will respond to your sexuality. This is a great movie and I reccomend this to anyone especially if you are struggling with your sexuality.
I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOVIE TO COME OUT ON DVD SINCE I SAW IT ADVERTISED IN AL THE GAY MAGAZINES, SO ON THE TUESDY IT WAS RELEASED ON VIDEO I WENT OUT AND GOT IT. IT IS A WONDERFUL ADDITION TO MY COLLECTION. I WAS BLOWN AWAY WITH THE ACTING OF THE TWO LEAD CHARACTERS AND FOUND THIER FEELINGS FOR ONE ANOTHER TO BE VERY REAL. THE SOUNDTRACK WAS GREAT AS WELL. WHAT A GREAT LOVE STORY. BUY IT, RENT IT, JUST MAKE SURE YOU SEE THIS ONE YOU WANT BE SORRY.
I have seen few movies in my lifetime that impacted me the way this one did. Actually, Trick is the only one I can think of, and it is a soft pedal gay love story, with no major agenda at all. (Not that it isn't a helluva movie). Latter Days, as Steve Sandvoss himself said, deals with major issues, faith, death, and love. I have a major reservation about one scene in it where Christian (the gay party boy the Mormon Missionary, Aaron, falls in love with) picks up a trick who is not only stupid, but personifies all of the bad things that society dislikes about gays. If that dumb scene had been replaced with the very powerful and emotive scene where Aaron's sister discovers he's slashed his wrists in the bathroom, the movie would have been far more powerful than it is presently. Many have said that Aaron would not have been ex-communicated from the Mormon Church, but they are either deliberately or unconsciously overlooking the fact that Aaron's father states in the proceedings to ex-communicate him that he has refused to reject his homosexuality. That would have caused problems, and if he told them about his sexual experience, it would have been an automatic outcome. The character is so honest and straightforward that I suspect he would have done just that. The bench scene that Aaron has with Jacqueline Bisset is stunning. I couldn't believe it. I notice one gay reviewer said it was wooden and phoney dialogue, but I think that makes him a nincompoop. The story is full of coincidences as are most love stories on film, but nobody makes a big deal out of them -- evidently it's only a problem if it's a gay love story. Anyway, I would recommend this movie highly. I think it's one of the best movies I've seen in my lifetime. My advice is to buy it forthwith and then you can watch it over and over as I've done.
This movie was absolutely amazing. I was totally hooked on the storyline and the characters were very easy to identify with and well developed. The secondary characters were developed enough for the audience to say, "Hey, I know someone like that." I throughly enjoyed this movie as did all of my friends (gay & straight).
This film has it all - solid plot, good acting, consistent theme, heartwarming depth, suspense, romance and sexy actors all in one film. Fun to watch and uplifting too.