Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Paul Rudnick’s hysterical off-Broadway play has been turned into a stagy but equally funny film. Directed by the original theatrical director, Christopher Ashley, the film version actually deserved someone with motion picture experience who could give the story more energy (Terrence McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion! suffered from the same problem), but with the marvelous cast there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy it. Steven Weber in the title role plays a befuddled, happily single man in 1990s New York City who has decided to stop having sex with the many gorgeous men that the Big Apple has to offer because of fear of AIDS. Instead, he concentrates on alternate activities (charity work, going to the gym) that will occupy his energy and keep his mind off the little green monster. This is extremely difficult, however, because a new romance has entered his world in the form of hunky bartender Steve (Michael T. Weiss) and Jeffrey is having difficulty sticking to his original plan. Patrick Stewart co-stars as a fabulous interior decorator best friend, and Sigourney Weaver has a marvelous cameo as a self-help guru with a mantra from hell. Really charming.
Directed by Christopher Ashley
Screenplay by Paul Rudnick, based on his play
Cinematography by Jeffrey J. Tufano
Music by Stephen Endelman
Production Design by P. Michael Johnston
Film Editing by Cara Silverman