Indie Gems: Latter Days
Why are you all named Elmer?
Elder Aaron Davis (Steve Sandvoss) is a Mormon missionary that is sent to Los Angeles. It's his first time away from home. He meets his new neighbor, Christian (Wes Ramsey) a gay man that doesn't hide his sexuality, even though it makes Aaron's fellow Elders (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rob McElhenney and Dave Power) angry. Christian at first is amused at their discomfort, so when his friends casually bet him to try to sleep with Aaron, he's all for it.
There's plenty of movies with this plot line, but none quite like Latter Days. It's a very green film, in fact the opening scene almost looks right out of a corny 80's movie despite being filmed in 2003. But don't let that throw you off. I felt very moved by the story, even though you can tell only some of the actors were seasoned. It's a testament of how much heart it really has.
While I watched it for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, his part is very small. Sandvoss and Ramsey have incredible chemistry together. They may be a bit stereotypical but they have enough depth not to feel like caricatures. While it's not the best made film out there, it keeps you interested and leaves you with a lot to think about.
Memorable Quote: "Having sex for my career would be noble." - Andrew (Khary Payton)