April 16th, 2009



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When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.6/10 (5,876 voted)

Critic's Score: 66/100

Director: Jonah Markowitz

Stars: Trevor Wright, Brad Rowe, Tina Holmes

Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach spends his days working a dead-end job and helping his needy sister care for her son. In his free time he surfs, draws and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe, who lives on the wealthy side of town. When Gabe's older brother, Shaun, returns home, he is drawn to Zach's selflessness and talent. Zach falls in love with Shaun while struggling to reconcile his own desires with the needs of his family.

Trevor Wright - Zach
Brad Rowe - Shaun
Tina Holmes - Jeanne
Jackson Wurth - Cody
Katie Walder - Tori
Matt Bushell - Alan
Ross Thomas - Gabe
Albert Reed - Billy
Joy Gohring - Ellen
Don Margolin - Father John
Alejandro Patino - Moe
Caitlin Crosby - Shari
Alicia Sixtos - Amber
Tarek Zohdy - Gabe's Friend
Robbi Chong - Receptionist


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Release Date: 16 April 2009

Filming Locations: Malibu, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $3,464 (USA) (23 March 2008) (1 Screen)

Gross: $142,666 (USA) (22 June 2008)

Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

Trevor Wright, Ross Thomas and Albert Reed already knew how to surf before the filming of this movie.

Continuity: In the scene after Gabe, Zach and Shaun finish surfing Gabe says that he's never going on a long board. When he says the line and the camera angle changes to Zach and Shaun, in the background you see people on the cliff, one has a red sweater on. When the scene changes back to Gabe and he says he's going to get some beer and leaves, the people are no longer on the cliff when the camera angle switches. (Trevor also mentions that fact in the commentary.)

Zach: Who knew there'd be so much drama inside the gates of Pacific Bluffs? I never knew.

User Review

The anti-Brokeback?

Rating: 10/10

Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of Brokeback Mt., but I saw a screening of this film at the SF Gay and Lesbian Film Festival tonight and loved it as much as BBM and in some ways appreciated it more. At the Q & A after the screening the producer mentioned that the production company exec who green-lighted the project said he wanted to make "the anti-Brokeback," and in this I think they have succeeded magnificently. This is a genuine, heartfelt story about gay love minus all the tragedy and shattered lives. Which isn't to say there's no drama... Let's just say that some characters in the story have some problems, but mostly they're not a direct result of the love story at the film's core. For my money the acting (with avowed heterosexuals playing the gay roles, as in BBM) was more convincing, the kissing more natural, the sex scenes extremely sexy and moving; another milestone in the realistic portrayal of gay love and sex. The family setting provided a context that allowed one man's coming out story to be just one among many changes all families go through together while simultaneously putting some evil homophobic stereotypes to bed, you should pardon the expression, rather than dwelling on them as in BBM. Bravo to the filmmakers and excellent cast, and I hope you get a chance to see it soon if you weren't lucky enough to be among the 1400 people at the Castro theater tonight. Oh, and the lead actors are drop dead gorgeous and playing surfers. Enough said.


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