All Over the Guy (2001)



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Actor and playwright Dan Bucatinsky wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of his play I Know You Are, But What Am I?, though for the big-screen version, his slightly fractured love story was given a same-sex twist. Eli (Dan Bucatinsky) is a journalist working with a major L.A. newspaper who is single and not loving it. Eli is also gay, and makes no secret of the fact that he's looking for a nice guy that he can settle down with. Eli's best friend Brett (Adam Goldberg) knows a woman named Jackie (Sasha Alexander), who says she has a friend who would be perfect for Eli. Thus Eli is introduced to Tom (Richard Ruccolo), a special education instructor and devoted nightlife enthusiast. Eli and Tom's first date turns out to be just short of a disaster; Tom indulges in his overweening enthusiasm for alcohol and tobacco, and Eli is disgusted to learn Tom has never seen Gone With the Wind. Things appear to be over for Eli and Tom before they even started, until they meet by chance while shopping a few days later; this time, a conversation rather than an argument develops, and the two end up spending the night together. Eli begins to think love may have finally found him, until Tom dashes off the next morning, leaving Eli to wonder if Tom has any interest at all in a long-term commitment. All Over the Guy also features small cameo roles by Lisa Kudrow, as an actress not skilled in voice-over work, and Christina Ricci as Eli's cynical sister.
R (for strong sexual content and language)
Comedy , Drama , Romance , Gay & Lesbian
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Dan Bucatinsky
as Eli, Rayna's Brother
Doris Roberts
as Esther
Sasha Alexander
as Jackie Samantha Gold
Matthew Poage
as Bartender
Blaise Garza
as Young Tom
Joanna Kerns
as Lydia, Tom's Mother
Nicolas Surovy
as Jim, Tom's Father
Andrea Martin
as Ellen, Eli's Mother
Tony Abatemarco
as David, Eli's Father
Lisa Kudrow
as Marie
Bev Land
as Mitch
Thea Mann
as Donna
Christian Gann
as Stripper
Ben Foreman
as Young Eli
Sydney Foreman
as Young Rayna
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Critic Reviews for All Over the Guy

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (18)

Sitcom humor substitutes for wit, and tedious angst supplies the drama.

October 3, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

It is not a surprise to learn that Bucatinsky is developing a sitcom based on this film, because it plays like an overly long pilot.

September 21, 2001
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

It may not be totally fresh and original, but All Over the Guy is nearly void of gay stereotypes.

September 13, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Sweet but often tedious.

September 7, 2001
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Probably plays better on the stage. On film, the dialogue sometimes seems too writerly, too cute.

September 6, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A nicely turned and witty screenplay from Bucatinsky.

September 6, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for All Over the Guy

This was a great cast and their characters were charmingly quirky. I loved the ending because I have a soft spot for happy endings in movies.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

I really liked this movie. Its characters are quirky but believably so, which is rare. Really funny.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

This is one of my absolute favorite movies! Love the track "Please Forgive Me" by David Gray.

Leo L
Leo L

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