Latter Days (2003)

Latter Days (2003) Easily one of my favorite gay romances, Latter Days is the story of a “promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe.” (IMDb)

Wes Ramsey plays the pretty but shallow party boy, Christian, who works at Lila’s restaurant in L.A. with his roommate, Julie, an aspiring musician.  When a group of young Mormon missionaries move in next door in their complex, Christian (with Julie’s support) makes a bet with two other co-workers that he can seduce one of the Mormons and get his “sacred undies” as a trophy.

Steve Sandvoss co-stars as Elder Aaron Davis, the shy young Mormon from Pocatello, Idaho, who Christian quickly sets his sights on.  While Ramsey is very beautiful, Sandvoss is just downright gorgeous; in the film he radiates an angelic innocence and sincerity that makes him irresistible.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played Tommy Solomon in the 3rd Rock From the Sun TV series, has a supporting role as Elder Paul Ryder, one of Aaron’s fellow missionaries.

Latter Days is available on Hulu and Amazon Instant Video ($2.99 to rent/ $9.99 to own,) and is also available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

[Note: Major Spoilers after the break.]
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Prayers for Bobby (2009)

A TV movie starring Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby is the movie that pushed me into rethinking my own religious beliefs, which had kept me mentally trapped in the closet for so many years. This is a true story about a woman named Mary Griffith, whose fanatical religious bigotry towards homosexuals drove her gay son to commit suicide. Her grief over his death – and her own responsibility for it – led Mrs. Griffith to re-explore her beliefs and what they did to young gays struggling to come to terms with who they are. Mary Griffith eventually became involved in PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), actively campaigning for gay rights.
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Were The World Mine (2008)

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I nearly passed up this movie.  The description of it mentioned musical sequences and I don’t usually care for musicals (gay stereotypes not withstanding.)  I finally decided to give it a shot last week and immediately fell in love with the movie.  I like it so much that I’ve watched it at least a half dozen times over the past few days on HuluPlus, and decided to do my first review on it.
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