There was a very nice movie a few years ago at Frameline that I saw a rough cut of and was told not to review it since it wasn't the final version. Pity as I really enjoyed it (at least I was able to give it some press at Frameline, just not a review)
Well, after several festivals and awards, the movie comes out on DVD and VOD today and I can sing the praises it deserves.
Not perfect by any means, but "I Do" is a beautiful love story set to a backstory of gay rights and green cards.
The handsome and talented David W. Ross plays Jack, a man who, after surviving a family tragedy, has been enjoying the American dream: a blossoming career in fashion and taking on the role of gay uncle to his brother's daughter.
But like an dream, he must wake up and face reality. Ross' Jack finds out his green card is being revoked and since he has been in the U.S. since he was a teen, he feels he has no reason to return to England as New York is his home.
The movie of course takes the familiar path to have his best friend, well played by Jamie-Lynn Sigler ("The Sopranos"), marry him in order to make him a U.S. citizen. We've seen that in many movies and it is obvious but needed solution to his problem.
However, the writer, who also happens to be Ross, doesn't try to remake "Green Card" or "The Proposal." Instead, he follows a more dramatic avenue and throws in a few wrenches that are very plausible and believable as to the direction and the outcome of this marriage of convenience, adding a fresh angle to a familiar story.
Without giving away much, the only thing that strike a wrong chord with me was the abundance of people who know the marriage is a sham, making it easy to find someone who will spill the beans to INS.
Otherwise, Ross does an amazing job as writer, keeping the movie flowing in directions we didn't see coming, and as a leading man who is as sexy as he is likeable.
The movie has a terrific supporting cast including Alicia Witt as his sister-in-law, Maurice Compte as a Spanish love interest, sexy Grant Bowler as his brother and Jessica Tyler Brown as his precocious niece. Director Glenn Gaylord also seems to be one to take notice of. Like Ross, he is a Renaissance man, having previously directed one of the "Eating Out" films. But he also produced/wrote/composed a song for another favorite of mine, "Leave it On the Floor."