Everyone (2004) gay alternative lifestyle interest
Starring: Katherin Billings, Michael Chase, Matt Fentiman, Brendan Fletcher, Suzanne Hepburn, Mark Hildreth, Bill Marchant, Cara McDowell, Andrew Moxham, Stephen Park, Carly Pope, Tom Scholte, Namcy Sivak, Debra Thorne, Anna Williams
Director: Bill Marchant
Studio: TLA RELEASING Run time: 90 mins
Today's the day. Ryan and Grant, the model of a perfect urban gay couple are getting married. The ceremony is set to be a small affair with only immediate family on the invite list. What could possibly go wrong? The answer isn't everything; it's everyone, in this dark comedy from writer-director Bill Marchant.
Five couples, siblings and spouses of the bound-for-the-altar boys, all prepare for the day's celebration with one thing on their minds: the state of their own relationships. Reflection and a few shattered conversations reveal that true love travels on a gravel road, as we follow these lovers through booze, babies, bulimia and a host of other trappings that beset the modern marriage. Throw in a meddling mother-in-law, a wise-ass street punk, a sexually ambiguous priestess and a bartender with a bad case of verbal diarrhea and you have a wedding list unlike any other.
Ryan (Matt Fentiman) starts the day with cold feet, but that might just be because he's meditating nude in the garden, his way of preparing for the big day. Grant (Mark Hildreth) has other plans, donning a tuxedo to add a bit of traditional flair to the proceedings and maybe to mask his own possible misgivings about matrimony and lifetime commitment. This clash of styles starts the day off on the wrong foot - opening up a debate between the pair as to whether gay couples should even get married at all. The ensuing fireworks end in a kiss and tumble match in the kitchen but all is not settled.
Grant's parents "hate fags" and have chosen not to come, so standing in their stead is longtime friend Madeline (Nancy Sivak) and her drunken neurologist husband, Shep (Bill Marchant). As they prepare for the nuptials, Shep - full of pills and liquor - is in a lather about having "murdered" one of his patients. Madeline has heard these addled rants before and pays them no mind, opting to go for a walk instead. On her stroll she encounters Roger (Tom Scholte), a "lost stranger" who may be looking for more than directions.
Grant's one brother is his only blood relative on the wedding list. The antithesis of his anal brother, Kalvin (Andrew Moxham) is a landscape artist, an expert on all things relating to 'grass.' The other half of this stoner-slacker duo is Jenny (Anna Williams), a lovely innocent gone to pot, who is mourning the loss of her first child to SIDS by playing classic video games in a dark room. With a broken car and no money for a cab, it looks like they are using Kalvin's skateboard as a means of transportation to the fete.
Ryan's brother Gale (Michael Chase) and his wife Trish (Suzanne Hepburn), both actors, ready for the affair individually. Gale opens a $60 bottle of wine - he's not going through the day dry, while Trish works on the big deal with her agent on the phone. As they bicker, Trish becomes nauseous and runs to the bathroom. Is it bulimia or a baby? So long as it doesn't interfere with their lifestyle, Gale is happy to sit and ponder his nowhere career.
Babies are also on the mind of Ryan's other brother, Luke (Steven Park) and his apparently barren wife, Rachel (Cara McDowell). Luke says he has "lots and lots of sperm" and can't understand why his wife won't swell up and produce; they try at least twice a day whether she likes it or not. Rachel has a secret she would love to tell him, if he would only bother to ask.
What wedding would be complete without a meddlesome Mom. Rebecca (Katherine Billings) is dead set on doing the day up right, towing a huge box of decorations to adorn the boys' house, against their expressed wishes, of course. Lugging that box on a hot day gets awfully tiring, so she enlists the help of a homeless urchin, Dylan, (Brendan Fletcher) whom she meets on a city bench. Our punk 'Puck' has plans of his own, as the duo descends upon the unwitting couple.
The ensemble is rounded out by a sexually ambiguous Lay Chaplain, Betty, (Debra Thorne) and a neurotic bartender, Rena (Carly Pope) who crashed her catering truck on the way to the wedding. With everyone present, bodies and stories collide - testing the bonds of matrimony and challenging notions of monogamy as each couple tests their vows.
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