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There is, one has to assume, a pretty good old-fashioned screwball comedy in all this, but director-writer Sue Kramer seems to have grown up watching Rhoda so Graham, usually a capable actress, has not a word of actual dialogue, only gag lines.
Gray's identity issues -- presumably the movie's main focus -- share time with too many subsidiary scenes that seem (rightly or wrongly) to have been written for as many actor-friends of the filmmakers as possible.
[Heather Graham] needs something to counteract her wholesomeness. In Gray Matters -- her name is Gray, get it? -- what you see is what you get. The fact that her character 'discovers' she is gay is as unbelievable as it is contrived.
[The characters'] goings-on are so implausible that you quickly lose patience with, and interest in, any of this motley crew, despite the best efforts of an attractive cast and the diversion of fabulous clothes and shots of a glistening New York skyline.
There isn't a remotely believable moment in the script here, and [writer/director] Kramer's leaden direction only helps strand a capable cast headed by Heather Graham in an hour and a half of virtual laugh-free tedium.
The movie really depends on Heather Graham, and she just doesn't deliver. There's always been a sort of mannequin quality to her performances, as if she had been posed just seconds before the cameras rolled.
The camera never strays far from Graham, who, decked out in well-fitted outfits that make the most of her anything-but-boyish figure, sweetly leavens her heroine's ditzy sexual confusion without trivializing or overly normalizing it.