With a sensitive, intelligent screenplay and extremely honest performances, this drama goes far beyond its issue-of-the-week premise to ask challenging and important "gay topic" questions.
Yes, it's pretty heavy stuff, but like the similar, Mormon-themed Latter Days, the central drama carries us along effortlessly. And director Cary makes sure that the tone is sharp and realistic, with frequent humorous asides and a refusal to fall into stereotypes. And in the end it actually has the nerve to admit that people have to make this decision for themselves, whichever way they choose to go.
While the story sets itself up as yet another liberal rant against religion, the film rises far beyond that due to its even-handed characterisations. Gayle is strident and narrow-minded, and yet powerfully sympathetic, thanks to a combination of good writing and expert acting from Light. Her silly rules (no pink, don't cross your legs!) mask her underlying compassion. And both Allen and Gant never allow the clichs to take root while adding depth and shadings to their characters.