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Latter Days (2004)

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

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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 is on, but there is a problem-Christian is falling in love with his latter-day saint. To make matters worse, the Mormon condemnation of homosexuality sends our lovelorn heroes into trials of regret, loss, perseverance, and forgiveness.
Rating:
R (for strong sexual content and language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance , Gay & Lesbian
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Cast

Wes Ramsey
as Christian
Steve Sandvoss
as Elder Aaron Davis
Mary Kay Place
as Gladys Davis
Dave Power
as Gilford
Khary Payton
as Andrew
David Poser
as Gilford
Jim Ortlieb
as Farron Davis
Linda Pine
as Susan Davis
Judee Morton
as Noreen
Kurt Hargan
as Stacy's Husband
Mik Scriba
as Maintenance Man
Robert Lacroix
as Elizabeth's Date
Jason-Shane Scott
as Christian's Sublet
John Giansiracusa
as Man in Black No. 1
Pamela Dominey
as Restaurant Patron
Margaret Fitzpatrick
as Restaurant Patron
Ed Garber
as Restaurant Patron
Nadine Griffith
as Restaurant Patron
Richard Growe
as Restaurant Patron
Kristen Egues
as Restaurant Patron
Aleksei Ilnitsky
as Restaurant Patron
Yvone Grey
as Restaurant Patron
MacGareo 'Mank' Thomas
as Restaurant Patron
Michelle Moolchan
as Restaurant Patron
Stefano Pujals
as Restaurant Patron/Church Elder
Steve Spellman
as Restaurant Patron
Mary Lou Alhlenius
as Restaurant Patron
Robin Barberis
as Restaurant Patron
Renee Lyle
as Restaurant Patron
Hilary Bell
as Hollywood Starlet
Michael Moriarty
as Bodyguard
Matthew Mertens
as Bodyguards
Doyle Wolfgang
as Man Waiting for Table
Trudi Wolfgang
as Woman Waiting for a Table
Oneil Cespedes
as Christian's Hook-Up
Rich Moriarty
as Man Taking Picture
Joseph Dipippa
as New Mormon
Ed Cha
as Itchy the Cook/Thanksgiving Dinner Guest
Daisy Lewis
as Hostess/Thanksgiving Dinner Guest
Rob Gunnerson
as Bartender at Club
Dwayne Strickland
as Club Goer
Ron Hutchings
as Club Goer
Greg Kelly
as Club Goer
Aaron Lee Harvey
as Club Goer
Renato O'Neal
as Club Goer
Joe Clemens
as Club Goer
Mike Fallon
as Club Goer
Steban Demari
as Club Goer
Dante Silrcato
as Club Goer
Adi Cabada
as Club Goer
Tim Sanchez
as Club Goer/Airport Passenger
George Bendele
as Club Goer
David Welch
as Club Goer
Allan Shadoan
as Club Goer
Michael Wool
as Club Goer
Robbie Wood
as Club Goer
Melinda Howze
as Airport Passenger
Keri Ports
as Airport Passenger
Michelle Saffai
as Airport Passenger
Chris Kinder
as Airport Passenger
Bob Gray
as Airport Passenger
Art Villa
as Airport Passenger
John Bennett
as Airport Passenger
Deborah Pixley
as Airport Passenger
Alicia Barberis
as Airport Passenger
Lonnie Beard
as Airline Pilot
Miriam Sue Bolber
as Airline Attendant
Lord Abenz
as Church Elder
Steven Cischke
as Church Elder
Nick Coroneens
as Church Elder
David Edward Garber
as Church Elder
Patrick George
as Church Elder
Brendan William Hood
as Church Elder
Jack Kincaid
as Church Elder
Daniel Latch
as Church Elder
Nick Murray
as Church Elder
James Ozasky
as Church Elder
Glen Perterson
as Church Elder
William Platt
as Church Elder
Steven Sellas
as Church Elder
André Araujo
as Project Angel Food Volunteer
Bill Gill
as Project Angel Food Volunteer
Ray Jarris
as Project Angel Food Volunteer
Marc Allen Barker
as Project Angel Food Volunteer
Bob Schuck
as Thanksgiving Dinner Guest
Dale Hawes
as Doctor
Joey Balthozar
as Hospital Patron
Quintella Turner
as Hospital Patron
Charles Edwards
as Cher Impersonator
Leora Lutz
as Angel Impersonator
Roger Dertinger
as Devil Impersonator
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Critic Reviews for Latter Days

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (19)

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

Full Review… | April 2, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's a winning, heartfelt and conflicted piece where the conflicts often resolve themselves in surprising ways.

April 2, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

A fairly flat, predictable tale.

April 2, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 12, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 12, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

½

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.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

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