Gray Matters (2007)


Heather Graham, Alan Cummings, Sissy Spacek, Bridget Moynahan, Tom Cavanaugh

Despite the pseudo-cerebral sounding title, generally I felt that this film was somewhat pandering to a straight audience rather than a lesbian one, the idea of ‘lets make HG gay in a confused and neurotic way’. With a very bad, yet very funny coming out scene to her brother ‘take the ‘r’ out of Gray…’ I wonder how long it took them to think of that tidy little line.

The film is about two siblings who seem somewhat uncommonly attached to each other in their adult lives, to the point where they even live together. At the beginning of the film, you think that they might be a couple, though it quickly becomes apparent that this is not the case. Gray, oddly enough, is the more reliant of the two, the living together works out just fine until the brother ends up with a girlfriend who essentially moves in, and then it just becomes weird that they still live together.

Unfortunately for Gray, this also seems to be something the siblings ‘do’ together, as she begins to fall for the new girlfriend/wife, although whether this is genuine attraction or habit of sharing everything with her brother, I’m not entirely sure. It does seem to be her self-awakening cue however, that and meeting cab driver Gordy (Cummings).

Gray is insecure, in therapy with a therapist who really doesn’t work for her, yet she’s too shy to say so, most of the sessions end up as extreme sports events, a therapy session on a climbing wall for one. Gray also seems to be eternally questioning herself and her surroundings.

Gray eventually realises (after kissing her brothers wife) that she’s probably gay, and proceeds to be neurotic and insecure about that too, technically she doesn’t realise, someone else tells her that that is probably the case. The girl is completely un-self-aware and clueless.

There are some funny scenes, such as the women’s only bar Gray sneaks Gordy into, dressed as a woman (which he is reasonably good at, even if he/she does order schnapps, I might add), so she doesn’t have to go in alone, as well as some seriously wince inducing moments, such as the scene in the elevator when she is coming out to her brother and begins crying about gay rights… which is where the lack of knowledge and originality comes in, although bringing Aardvarks (somewhat inexplicably) into it gains her points from me, who doesn’t like Aardvarks?

In part her speech is good because it focuses on the inequalities of gay relationships in America, on the other hand, have some pride and a positive attitude girl for heavens sake and stop whining about all the negative things. Besides which, I know the U-Haul syndrome can strike early for some, but you haven’t even met a girl yet. All in all it makes for a watchable, but not particularly original, movie.

In general the film is somewhat behind the times, though it is more of a main stream movie than folk are perhaps used to and that might explain why this is the case. However, very little new material is covered by this film, more of a rehash of several who have done it better.

A 6/10 for some funny lines and excellent acting despite the script and the direction the film is taken in.


About Nerdsbian

I am a nerd for ALL seasons. Ravenclaw...natch. I am a genderqueer Librarian who unsurprisingly likes reading...a lot. But I also love being outside too...sometimes even reading at the same time. Also animals, any and all of them. Never yet met one that didn't get on with me and vice versa. I do a couple of different voluntary jobs (animal charity related), I am a Brownie Leader and have recently completed my MA.
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