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The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green (2005)

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A young gay man tries to balance his career as a personal assistant while searching for love.

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George Bamber

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Eric Orner (book), David Vernon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Letterle ... Ethan Green
Diego Serrano ... Kyle Underhill
Shanola Hampton ... Charlotte
David Monahan ... Leo Worth
Richard Riehle ... Hat Sister
Joel Brooks ... Hat Sister
Scott Atkinson ... Chester Baer
Dean Shelton ... Punch Epstein
Meredith Baxter ... Harper Green
Ramon De Ocampo ... Juarez
Chase Ellison ... Young Ethan
Joe Ragland Joe Ragland ... Devil's Candy
Gage Vernon Gage Vernon ... Kid at Restaurant
Mariah Bess ... Young Mary-Fran
Heather Ogden Heather Ogden ... Slumber Party Girl
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Storyline

Twenty-six year old gay Ethan Green has a number of good friends such as his currently single lesbian roommate Charlotte, but has never been able to maintain a long term romantic relationship, he who ultimately breaks it off with whoever he is dating if that significant other has not already broken it off with him. He ultimately discovers that he is largely to blame, as every guy who has broken it off with him felt forced to do so in some unspoken pressure by him. As such, Ethan begins to wonder if his Mr. Right is one of his exes who is still in his life for one reason or another. They include: Kyle Underhill, a formerly married pro baseball player who came out because of him and is still in his life solely as the one with who he seemed destined to be; Juarez, who still lives with Ethan's wedding planner mother, Harper Green, as arguably each other's current best friend; LGBT bookstore owner Leo Worth, in whose house Ethan and Charlotte currently live, the house which Leo bought as ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

You think you have dating problems...

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mais Fabulosa Vida Social de Ethan Green See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,002, 18 June 2006

Gross USA:

$152,810
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the popular books and comic strip of the same name. See more »

Goofs

Leo, when handing Ethan the "save-the-date" card, tells him that he and Chester Baer will hold their commitment ceremony on June 1. In the next scene, when the Hat Sisters are reading the card, it reads "the second day of August." See more »

Quotes

Juarez: I'm surprised you two decided to come. I know how you feel about Chester.
Hat Sister: Weddings are more important than anything.
Hat Sister: Yes, one needs to respect the institution, not that asshole entering into it.
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References The View (1997) See more »

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You Should See Me Now
Written by Heidi Shink, Caitlin Stansbury, & Seth Rothschild
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Hilarious if episodic film deserves to be cross-over hit
18 June 2006 | by escheticSee all my reviews

We went last night to by far the funniest new film of the year so far, THE MOSTLY UNFABULOUS SOCIAL LIFE OF ETHAN GREEN, an R rated (a few decades ago it would have been considered an X) release drawn rather brilliantly from a not-so-brilliant but long running comic strip in a number of "alternate" publications.

I was never a big fan of the strip which was crudely drawn and heavy handed in conception - or so it seemed in the papers and the several compilation books published - but on screen at New York's Quad Cinema, the characters are almost *perfectly* cast to resemble more attractive versions of the cartoon characters and screen writer David Vernon has been given latitude to smooth out and improve on the hilarious conundrums in Generation-X Ethan's self destructive social life (finding an intriguing blend of lots of sex but all too little satisfaction).

In some ways, this is a gay-male version of SEX AND THE CITY: whenever Ethan finds an almost perfect mate, you KNOW he will somehow screw it up (no pun intended). Right now, it's being marketed to a largely gay audience, but it's so well written and directed (feel-good date movie, "independent" variety), it should cross over to a much wider audience and deserves to do for the actor playing Ethan (Daniel Letterle from CAMP!) what BILLY'S Hollywood SCREEN KISS did for "Will & Grace's" Sean Hayes.

The movie is as episodic as Voltaire's Candide, but just as perceptive, and the very episodic nature gives the entire supporting cast (ranging from Meridith Baxter's all too supportive mother to Joel Brooks & Richard Riehle's "Hat Sisters" to Dean Shelton's oversexed teen entrepreneur, "Punch," to Rebecca Lowman's Ann Coulter look-alike/psychotically depressed real estate agent, "Sunny Deals") equal chances to shine, and shine they do.

The grand farce scene where ALL the romantic threads (including, in addition to the above, an ex-football pro, a landlord ex-lover, a Log Cabin Republican fiancé and Ethan's lesbian roommate) come together in the house where Ethan is trying to carve out a coherent love life tops one great laugh with another as if Feydeau-plotted and will have you howling.

Silly, sunny summer fun, and *highly* recommended to straight and gay alike open minded enough to laugh at a very funny but true look at how the other half (or at least a goodly younger part of 10%) loves. Stick around after the fine double ending for the playing cards from the plot significant "Dream Date" board game scattered through the credit "crawl." Its a device that hasn't been used as well since FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF.


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