Just when you think this is going to be a strange kind of incest comedy, the film soon turns into something else (a standard rom-com), as the pair runs into Charlie (Bridget Moynahan), walking her dog. Oh, she's such a great lady that Sam (Cavanagh) proposes that same night. And she accepts! It's off to Vegas where sis Gray (Graham) and Charlie room together for the night. Long story short: Gray kisses Charlie on the lips and suddenly realizes she is gay, explaining 20 years of boy trouble in one fell swoop.
Whoops! The film is now a lesbian-coming-out comedy. The whole brother/sister thing is pushed under the rug. It isn't long before Charlie is almost out of the picture altogether. Instead Gray hangs out with a cab driver (Alan Cumming) and visits a gay bar for the first time. It's saying something when Cumming appearing in drag is the highlight of the film.
Gray Matters goes from so-so to heart-crushingly bad over its hour and a half running time, chipping away at logic, comedy, and entertainment value as it delves more and more into the character we care about the least. Gray is a shallow, hyperactive spaz, an insecure New Yorker that's become one of cinema's biggest cliches in the last few years. Where the movie takes chances (Sissy Spacek as a therapist who only treats Gray in odd locations, like a bowling alley), they come off as gimmicks rather than entertainment.
Oddly enough, Cavanagh and Moynahan seem like a fun couple and might even merit a movie treatment. However their 10 minutes of screen time never really amounts to much. Instead we get a vapid Gray at her job, Gray atop the New Yorker building, Gray OCDing over her food order, Gray lusting after a girl at a hot dog stand. Gray's matters are pretty mundane, to tell you the truth.
DVD special features include a making-of featurette.
Run time: 96 mins
In Theaters: Friday 13th July 2007
Distributed by: Freestyle Releasing/Yari Film Group
Production compaines: Archer Entertainment
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 8%
Fresh: 5 Rotten: 60
IMDB: 5.8 / 10
Director: Sue Kramer
Producer: Jill Footlick, John J. Hermansen, Sue Kramer
Screenwriter: Sue Kramer
Starring: Heather Graham as Gray Baldwin, Bridget Moynahan as Charlie Kelsey, Tom Cavanagh as Sam Baldwin, Molly Shannon as Carrie, Rachel Shelley as Julia Barlett, Bill Mondy as Jordan Phillips, Warren Christie as Trevor Brown
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