Jeffrey (1995)



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Based on a popular Broadway play, this comedy chronicles the experiences that made formerly-promiscuous homosexual Jeffrey take a vow of celibacy. After having several sexual disasters, Jeffrey decides to not have sex again. Unfortunately, no sooner does he take his vow than he meets the man of his dreams.
Comedy , Drama , Gay & Lesbian
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Westchester Films


Steven Weber
as Jeffrey
Patrick Stewart
as Sterling
Bryan Batt
as Darius
Nathan Lane
as Father Dan
Christine Baranski
as Ann Marwood Bartle
Sigourney Weaver
as Debra Moorhouse
Robert Klein
as Skip Winkley
Irma St. Paule
as Mother Teresa
Nicky Paraiso
as Salesman
Camryn Manheim
as Single Woman
Kathy Najimy
as Acolyte
Olympia Dukakis
as Mrs. Marcangelo
Gregory Jbara
as Angelique
Mary Bond Davis
as Church Lady
Marylouise Burke
as Aunt Phyllis
Lenka Peterson
as Church Lady
Joe Ponazecki
as Uncle Barney
Alice Drummond
as Grandma Rose
Henry Stram
as Cousin Gary
Lee Mark Nelson
as Crying Guy
John Ganun
as Tourist
K. Todd Freeman
as Barney's Waiter
Patti Ann O'Connell
as Cheryl the Showgirl
Christopher Davis
as Cater-Waiter Dancer
Patrick Kerr
as Waiter/Actor/Policeman
Peter Bartlett
as Casting Director
Barton Heyman
as Elderly Man
Kevin Nealon
as TV Reporter
Darryl Theirse
as Homeboy
Nancy Ticotin
as Woman in the Window
Marcus Lovett
as Memorial Guest
Michele Pawk
as Young Mother
Demetri Corbin
as House Manager
Peter B.
as Master
Alison Sheehy
as Network V.O.
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Critic Reviews for Jeffrey

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9)

It's not a total bust, and some of the performances are charming, but it never matches the gleeful, irreverent mischief it had on stage.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Rudnick, adapting his off-Broadway hit, deftly blends uproarious fun and touching gravity.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Wildly uneven, and it aims at the lowest common denominator in its exceedingly broad comedy.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It is startling that such a funny play is not so funny a movie.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

While this may sound intriguing, the picture merely jumps around clumsily from incident to incident.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's more a series of sketches and momentary inspirations than a story that grows interesting.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Jeffrey


Jeffrey (Christopher Ashley, 1995) [originally posted 1Feb2002] What a wonderful little film this is, easily one of the best releases of 1995. Unfortunately, it went almost unnoticed by everyone but a few stray critics and some hardcore Trekkies who were able to withstand the traumatization of witnessing Jean-Luc Picard running around behaving like a flaming queen. (One can easily imagine Patrick Stewart imitating Alan Rickman's immortal one-liner from Galaxy Quest: "I played Richard III...") Jeffrey is a love story gone horribly awry in the best of ways. A young gay man named Jeffrey (Steven Weber, probably best-known for taking on the role of Jack Torrance in the recent miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining), obsessed with the spread of HIV, swears off sex, much to the horror of his best friend Sterling (Stewart). Needless to say, as soon as he decides this, he meets Mr. Right, a chap named Steven (Michael T. Weiss before his Pretender days). As we go through boy-meets-boy, boy-loses-boy, boy-gets-boy-into-pickle, boy-gets-pickle-into-boy, we're treated to a number of sideshows in Jeffrey and Steve's fantasy lives (some of which are positively horrific; Jeffrey's imagining of how a phone conversation with his parents might go is the kind of thing recurring nightmares are made of), a twisted self-help guru (Sigourney Weaver) who tries to get Jeffrey over his fear of intimacy, some sidebars with Sterling and Sterling's AIDS-infected lover (the deliciously funny Bryan Batt), and various other pratfalls. The end result is hysterical in all the right places. What struck the few people who noticed the film back in 1995 was the transplanting of the typical Hollywood slapstick-romance-forties-comedy framework onto a gay relationship; these days that's common enough we can forget about that angle. Today we look at it and are astounded at the number of bit players in this film who have gone on to stardom; Stewart and Weaver were the only really big names in the cast at the time, but since then Weiss, Camryn Manheim, Kathy Najimy, Ethan Phillips, and a host of others have all become recognizable faces. Either the casting director was a genius or the movie was simply a secretarial pool from which every major Hollywood agent has since drawn. Either way, it's a great film to play spot-the-future-star with, in addition to its many other fine qualities. Very, very highly recommended in every way, shape, and form. **** 1/2

Robert Beveridge
Robert Beveridge

The breaking of the third wall and fantasy moments that really distinguish the story work better on stage, but there are enough enjoyable moments and strong performances (especially by Michael T. Weiss) to make it a worthwhile film.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer


A fun but already-dated gay dating comedy with a touch of AIDS sadness. Patrick Stewart adds to the silliness. It ranks up there with Torch Song Trilogy.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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