Naked As We Came (2013)





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After an unexpected phone call, Laura and her brother Elliot rush to their family's country estate to find their mother, Lilly, gravely ill and living with a handsome young stranger named Ted. Estranged for some time, their mother's condition sets Laura and Elliot on a path to realizing where their own lives have gone wrong. Lilly, on the other hand, has mellowed from the controlling woman she was and is hoping to pass on some wisdom to her children. Now her kids find themselves dealing with their own feelings of resentment and broken dreams while trying to figure out how Ted fits into their mother's life. But Ted has a secret of his own. (c) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for Naked As We Came

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

As in too much queer cinema, Naked is weighed down by wooden, charisma-free hunks in leading roles, but McWilliams proves a revelation whose passionate performance more than compensates for the distracting eye candy.

Full Review… | January 21, 2014
Village Voice
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Writer and director Richard LeMay's film plays from the heart, sometimes almost too blatantly. But on the whole, it nicely underscores how silences and shouts often come from the same place.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
New York Daily News
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Here is the way it should happen when a family says goodbye: Making peace. Making connections. Smelling the orchids. Seeing the light.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
New York Times
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On the other hand, when LeMay focuses on family drama and lets the calmer moments (albeit with roiling emotions just under the surface) rule the movie.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014

Audience Reviews for Naked As We Came


A little boring. Some nice shots. Sound & Editing a little rough. Not as predictable as it felt like it was going to be!

Braydan hogue
Braydan hogue

Terribly titled, this is not a porno, but more of a family melodrama. Laura and Eliot are brother and sister living in New York running a family laundry business. After receiving a phone call from a stranger, they drive to the family's country estate to find their estranged mother gravely ill and living with a handsome young writer named Ted. Illness and a little pot has mellowed their ailing mother and she sets about trying to put her children's lives into perspective, trying to make up for being the terrible mother she was. In turn they set about dealing with their own resentment and broken dreams whilst figuring out who Ted really is and what he is doing living with a dying woman. It does sound awfully trite Hallmark channel baloney and it is at times. The two male leads are quite vacuous, but the film is saved by the well acted out mother/daughter relationship. Great performances by McWilliams and Alers. Sadly the Ted puzzle isn't very well put together and rather falls down in the last act.

Graham Beilby
Graham Beilby

It has the flaws every other small budget indie film had. Pleasant acting by the two leading actresses though.


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