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Latter Days (2004)

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43

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 26

A melodramatic plot and character stereotypes turn the movie into a sitcom.

42

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 11

A melodramatic plot and character stereotypes turn the movie into a sitcom.

audience

79

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 11,052

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Movie Info

Christian is the typical LA gay boy: hot tanned body, gorgeous looks, and a taste for the one-night stand. By day, he waits tables at the quaint Lila's where his sexual conquests are frequently discussed with his co-workers. One day, new tenants move into Christian's apartment complex-four young Mormon missionaries, including the sweet and innocent Elder Aaron. As sexual tension builds between Christian and Aaron, the Lila's staff wages a bet that Christian cannot bed his missionary man. The bet

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Drama, Romance, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy

C. Jay Cox

Sep 7, 2004

$0.6M

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (26) | DVD (5)

Renders its gay and religious characters so stereotypical that neither lifestyle appears attractive.

April 2, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a winning, heartfelt and conflicted piece where the conflicts often resolve themselves in surprising ways.

April 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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A coming-of-age, coming-out, romantic comedy, religious intolerance flick, and if that sounds a bit crowded, that's because it is.

April 2, 2004
Detroit News
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A fairly flat, predictable tale.

April 2, 2004 | Comment (1)
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's more melodrama than drama or love story, and Cox, who wrote Sweet Home Alabama, seems to have never met a stereotype he didn't like.

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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It's timely, not to mention refreshing, to see an affirmation of true love over hot sex, along with a reminder that the two aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The BIG sex scene starts poorly as the pair, alone at last due to a so-convenient snow storm, efficiently undress themselves as if preparing for a rugby match ...

December 7, 2004 Full Review Source: JWR

Cox -- who experienced the Mormon view on gay life firsthand -- gets the sort of performances out of his characters that will help you overlook what is cliched about the story.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

simple paint-by-the numbers gay themed film that strikes directly at Mormon dogma, but it has a certain charm due mainly to Sandvoss' Herculean efforts

June 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Ramsey's heartbreak, stock taking and determination to see to it the relationship gets a second chance are as affecting as anything the genre has produced in recent memory.

May 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Overall generalities about the main characters, a tendency to reveal them through monologue rather than behavior, and a lack of curiosity about the Mormon youth's core beliefs keep Latter Days from feeling genuinely personal or particularly substantive.

May 7, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The screenplay is efficient to a fault, populated with stock characters.

May 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

Cox can be forgiven for getting a little preachy when he makes his point with such an open heart and loving spirit

April 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

...Funny, tragic, occasionally cheesy, endearing and ultimately heartwarming, dealing with very serious Christian hypocrisy while holding onto a light, life-embracing tone.

April 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

What would happen between a hedonistic fairy and an earnest but curious Mormon?

April 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

The whole Mormon/gay thing would be plenty for one movie without also sticking in AIDS, the betrayal of friends and actors-trying- to-get-their- big-break.

April 1, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Writer-director C. Jay Cox has created a tender gay love story, and then buries it under shrill diatribes, plot clichés and one-note characters.

March 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Even those who aren't immediately put off by the film's brazen attacks on religion -- and in particular, the LDS Church -- will likely be bored by this clumsy, incredibly contrived comedy, which has little charm.

March 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Even if the film feels somewhat contrived, stick with it; you'll be rewarded by what it has to say.

March 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Latter Days

I like it overall, but a lot of cheesy stereotypes. Acting is mediocre at best. Reminder how the less open-minded think. The higher rating comes simply from a couple scenes that still makes my heart melt and beat faster.
August 11, 2010
Tomassgringo

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It's just a lukewarm film, a by-the-numbers romantic drama about people from utterly different worlds that happen to fall in love. I give props for the included "twist" and depictions of "homosexual reformation" facilities that we all KNOW exist and are utilized by the Mormon church. Some very nice bits of secondary character acting by Erik Palladino as the AIDS patient and Joseph Gordon Levitt as an overly everything-that-isn't-Mormon-phobic missionary.

"Hot Gay Sex" commentary: this reluctantly makes the list. makes the list because there is certainly gay sex happening here. Reluctant because, as my gay boyfriend said, "we don't know who topped/bottomed". Plenty of shapely buttocks, though.
August 27, 2009
Stinger839

Super Reviewer

My sister bought this on DVD so I decided to watch it with her without knowing much about it besides it's gay subject matter.

I'm glad I did because it turned out to be a poignant, insightful, and very original film with a wealth of strong performances and a tight script.
September 28, 2008
YLOWBSTARDreturns

Super Reviewer

Had potential, but (thanks to reenforcing horrible stereo types) it ended up being just another gay themed movie.
May 7, 2008
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Robert C

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    1. Christian: I'm not shallow, am I?
    2. Traci: Honey, you don't have to be deep. You just have to be...pretty.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Andrew: No, no, let me just say, I dated this guy once, actor, cute, southern, came from this really religious family. Well his parents found out he was gay, and can you say drama. They send him to one of those Christian change ministries.
    2. Traci: Wow, did he change?
    3. Andrew: Did he? Miss Thang used to be a top. [Everyone laughs]
    4. Julie: Shut up!
    5. Andrew: I'm serious. He's still gayer than a box of birds.
    6. Traci: 'Box of birds.' I love that.
    7. Andrew: How about twirlier than a party dress, but seriously, it fucked with him.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Andrew: Oh honey, you do not want them to get into your psyche. You start off listening to Amy Grant, but then before you know it, it's 3am and you got your visa card and you're giving it to that scary bitch on tv with the lavender hair.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Andrew: I dated this Mormon guy once. His family his family put him through shock therapy. We'd have sex he was a wild man, then he wanted to throw himself out the window.
    2. Traci: So, you live on the first floor.
    3. Andrew: Yes, but it's hell on my azaleas.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Lila: There was the most adorable man, Daniel, here this evening. I thought I might introduce you
    2. Christian: Really? Blue shirt, end of the bar?
    3. Lila: Actually yes.
    4. Christian: [takes our his phone] Daniel, we've met. August 3rd I bel-- [presses something on his phone] Yep. Uh, not so good. Not so good.
    5. Lila: [sighs deeply]
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Lila: Drink that. [Christian sips] Mmm, toss it, that way it's medicinal. [Christian tosses the shot] Good it's vital for a man to have a couple of slugs in him, before talking about heartache.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
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