Release Date: February 23, 2007
Starring: Heather Graham, Tom Cavanagh,
Bridget Moynahan, Alan
Cumming, Sissy Spacek, James
Marsden, Molly Shannon, Gloria
Gaynor, Alejandro Abellan, Don
Ackerman, April Telek, and
Runtime: 92 minutes
Distributor: Yari Film Group
Director: Sue Kramer
Executive Producer: Alexander Payne, Margaret
Riley, Ted Liebowitz, and Joey
Producer: Jill Footlick, Sue Kramer,
John Hermansen, and Bob Yari
Writer: Sue Kramer
Address Comments To:Bob Yari, Chairman
Yari Film Group
10850 Wilshire Blvd., South
Beverly Hills, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 689-1450
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GRAY MATTERS opens with a thirtysomething Sam (Tom Cavannagh) and his sister Gray (Heather Graham) sharing an apartment in New York and living like best friends. Both talk of dating and struggle with finding a compatible mate. When Gray talks her brother into asking an unknown girl in the park named Charlie (Bridget Moynahan) out on a date, she is shocked to learn Sam has asked Charlie to marry him after one night on the town. More shockingly, Charlie accepted Sam's marriage proposal.
All three find themselves in Las Vegas for a quick wedding ceremony at a mock Christian chapel. The night before the wedding, Gray takes Charlie out on the town. They get quite drunk and the two women kiss. This kiss convinces Gray that she is homosexual. The rest of the movie is about her dealing with this discovery.
The movie is not a sleazy gay flick showing all the different things homosexuals do. It's not even rated R. It's a drama showing “compassionate” concerned people caring about one another. Sadly, it misses the mark in understanding true compassion. It's the blind leading the blind. It's well-intended but dead wrong.
The politically popular belief is that some people are born homosexual. Less popular, but true, is that people are born heterosexual, but with a sinful nature. Sodomy may be considered a more heinous sin than gossip or gluttony but we are all born with selfish sinful tendencies. We want what we want and we don’t all want the same thing. Some people might claim they were born with a temper. Others might claim they were born with a proclivity to become a drug addict. We can claim genetic excuses for all kinds of sinful, wicked behaviors, and such things cannot be made good by movie producers, public opinion or Supreme Court Justices. What’s good or bad is declared so by the Creator of the universe, God himself. There are moral standards that govern life on earth. It is NOT compassionate to condone sin, regardless of believed genetic proclivities.
True compassion sets people free from sin. Jesus Christ, the greatest example of compassion, died on a cross so that we might be forgiven our sins and set free from bondage to them. The truly compassionate person would help set Gray free. If this same movie had Sam kiss a little boy and decide he was a pedophile, should everyone say, “Oh how sweet. Let’s rejoice with him as he publicly announces his pedophilia”? Should we rejoice with those who claim to be born killers? No, we need to show true compassion and lead people to the Savior who can set them free.
GRAY MATTERS is well-made, but the whole point is to legitimize behavior that God calls abhorrent – homosexuality. It also contains some foul language, heavy alcohol use, women in skimpy lingerie and one scene of two women kissing. People with faith and morals will want to stay away from this politically correct movie.