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Gray Matters (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 13 July 2007 (Spain)
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They finish each other's sentences, dance like Fred and Ginger, and share the same downtown loft--the perfect couple? Not exactly. Gray and Sam, are a sister and brother so compatible and inseparable that people actually assume they are dating. Mortified, they both agree they must branch out and start searching for love. He'll look for a guy for her and she'll look for a gal for him.

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Sue Kramer

Writer:

Sue Kramer (as Susan Kramer)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Graham ... Gray Baldwin
Bridget Moynahan ... Charlie Kelsey
Tom Cavanagh ... Sam Baldwin
Molly Shannon ... Carrie
Rachel Shelley ... Julia Barlett
Bill Mondy ... Jordan Phillips
Don Ackerman ... Conrad Spring
Warren Christie ... Trevor Brown
Alan Cumming ... Gordy
Sissy Spacek ... Dr. Sydney
Campbell Lane ... Harry
Samantha Ferris ... Elaine
Tim Perez ... Roberto (as Timothy Paul Perez)
Benjamin Ratner ... Derek
April Telek ... Lana Valentine (as April Amber Telek)
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Storyline

Gray and Sam are brother and sister and best friends, flatmates in New York City, where she creates ad campaigns and he's a surgery intern. Their social life is too insular, so they head to a dog park so Sam can, maybe, meet a woman. He does - Charlie - a zoologist new in the city; he likes her immediately, and the feeling seems mutual. As the three of them spend time together, what if Gray's feelings for Charlie aren't just sisterly? Not only might this explain her solitary life, but it could lead to real dilemmas - with Charlie (who's sweet, but a bit opaque) and with Sam. No advice comes from Gray's therapist, but a co-worker and a cab driver give theirs. Can Gray sort things out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A romantic comedy about a brother, a sister and the girl of their dreams.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic material, sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site and blog

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 2007 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota dos meus Sonhos See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,711, 25 February 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,619, 11 March 2007
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Graham and Alan Cumming also both appeared in the film "Boogie Woogie" See more »

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When Gray and Sam are riding in the cab driven by Gordy, the flag on the meter hasn't been pulled; you'll see this because the fare on the meter stays locked on 2.00 See more »

Quotes

Dr. Sydney: I think we need to talk on level ground. You're not thinking straight.
Gray: No kidding...
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Connections

References Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) See more »

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I Will Survive
Written by Dino Fekaris, Freddie Perren (as Frederick Perren)
Performed by Gloria Gaynor, Heather Graham & Bridget Moynahan
Courtesy of Glolo, LLC
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Nauseous with the Munchkins
6 March 2007 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. First time writer/director Sue Kramer certainly tackles an interesting and unique topic with her initial outing.

A quick synopsis: Brother (Tom Cavanaugh) and sister (Heather Graham) live together and are so close and spend so much time together that people naturally assume they are a couple (Ick!). Sister sets brother up with gorgeous, friendly, smart newcomer to the city (Bridget Moynahan) whom they meet at the dog park. Brother and newcomer immediately fall in love and set a wedding date for the next weekend. Sister and bride to be share a long, wet kiss before bride to be passes out drunk. This incident threatens to ruin brother - sister relationship while "outing" sister as the reluctant lesbian she is.

I rarely struggle over a rating or comments for a film. Normally the rating just hits me and the words flow. This one has me almost as confused as Heather Graham's character (Gray). I very much admire the soft-shoe approach that Kramer brings to this most delicate topic. No, I don't consider the theme "coming out" ... I consider the theme self-discovery of identity. Learning to accept one's self and not "pretend" to be what is expected. This topic is explored through some humorous moments, but in a strange way we actually go through the awakening with Ms. Graham.

The key actors all do a nice job. Graham and Cavanagh have a nice chemistry, Moynahan in lingerie is always a good call, Sissy Spacek as the world's worst therapist and Rachel Shelly in an extension from "The L Word" are all solid. Even Molly Shannon is finally cast in a role that suits her just fine. The best and most entertaining character is the Scottish cab driver played charmingly well by Alan Cumming. He is such a likable guy ... except for the whole gay bar scene.

What really prevents this one from reaching another level is strictly the number of unbelievable events. Two smart people zipping off to Vegas to get married after 6 days and having someone 30 years old first entertain thoughts of gaydom are just two large examples of stretches that ask the viewer for a bit too much latitude. Still, there are some funny moments, funny lines and a thought provoking identity theme that make it worthwhile.


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