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I Do Review (2012) – Missed Opportunity for a Good Movie?

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Category: Drama (Gay-Themed)
Actors: David W. Ross, Jamie- Lynn Sigler, Alicia Witt, Maurice Compte, Grant Bowler
Duration: 91 min
Rated: ?

You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
Imagine Me and You (2005), Coffee Date (2006)

The story in one sentence: A gay man from England decides to marry his lesbian friend in order to get a green card.

Storyline: Because his brother (Grant Bowler) died in a tragic car accident (Alicia Witt), Jack (David W. Ross) starts taking over the father role for his niece. When he is told that his visa won’t be renewed he decides to marry his best friend Ali (Jamie- Lynn Sigler), who calls herself a goldstar lesbian (a lesbian who never had sex with a man). Things start getting complicated when Jack meets Mano (Maurice Compte) and falls in love with him. Risking to lose his friendship, relationship and family he is forced to take the most difficult decision of his life.

Review: It’s been a while since I have seen a gay-themed movie that didn’t look like the crew only had 250 $ to shoot it. I do has actually a decent quality and story. Jack’s life is not as over the top and fabulous as gay people are usually shown in movies, which is one of the aspects I really like. I also think that his niece was one of the most significant characters, because she represented the new generation that should be taught tolerance and acceptance. I enjoyed Jamie- Lynn Sigler trying to come off as a lesbian, unfortunately she wasn’t successful, but I liked her way to much in the TV-Show Guys with Kids to be mad at her for that. Here are the things I didn’t like: In my opinion Alicia Witt – known for Urban Legends and Last Holiday– didn’t deliver her most convincing performance , and don’t even get me started on Maurice Compte; I am sure his character was supposed to be sweet and easy to like, but he came off arrogant and unappealing. And this misinterpretation messed up a movie that had really great potential.
I do is a movie with great potential and a good story but the unappealing characters make it hard to relate and the audience might end up feeling disconnected. In my opinion it is still worth a watch since it touches a very current and sensitive topic.

My rating: 5.5/10

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