Adam & Steve

Nearly twenty years ago, Adam, then a Goth boy, and Steve, a druggie go-go dancer, met for an ill-fated one-night stand in Los Angeles. This was Adam's (Craig Chester, Boys Life 4, The Anniversary Party) first experience with drugs, and led to years of addiction.  Steve was experienced with drugs, but that didn't stop him from a disgusting bodily function, that, in most situations, would turn Adam away from drugs permanently.  So begins Adam & Steve, a gay comedy with a very anarchic feel to it.  "Anarchic" in that everything seems to be a bit random, and strange things are always happening.  This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because all of the tangents actually help the main story, which can be a bit thin.

Fast forward to the present, and now Adam lives in New York where he is a recovering addict.  He leads bird-watching tours in Central Park, or something like that (it's not important).  Steve (Malcolm Gets, Love in the Time of Money, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing) is a doctor, and the two meet again when Adam's dog is injured.  The two do not realize that they met in the past, and begin falling in love.  Chester, who also wrote and directed the movie, gives everything a zany feel to it.  He smashes together elements of drama and slapstick comedy, with the secret of their initial meeting looming in the distance.  Since this is a romantic comedy, it's obvious that it will eventually surface and cause some sort of rift in the relationship.

Oddly enough, the most interesting people are the supporting characters.  Adam's friend Rhonda (Parker Posey, Blade:  Trinity, Laws of Attraction) is a stand up comedian who used to be fat.  Now she's rail thin, but still makes fat jokes on stage.  Steve's roommate Michael (Chris Kattan, Undercover Brother, Corky Romano) is an outward homophobe, constantly directing jokes at Michael, but is a genuinely good guy.  It's never long before Rhonda or Michael says some totally off the wall comment, or something else non-sequitor happens.  Nobody watching ever knows what to expect.  All this combines to give Adam & Steve a wacky feel to it.  The production value is also looks and feels pretty low budget, which adds to the charm of the film.  Chester needs both of these, because without it, there isn't much to distinguish this from other movies.  Both Steve and Adam are genial, likeable characters with their neuroses, but they still seem a bit flat, and frankly, not too interesting.  The other things that Chester brings to the plate help to differentiate Adam & Steve from the burgeoning genre of gay romcom.

Mongoose Rates It: Okay.
1 hour, 40 minutes, Not Rated but contains language, some nudity and sexual situations, an easy R.

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