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Adam & Steve

Takes on same issues as Brokeback , but with a more optimistic attitude
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 28, 2010
2.5 2.5 Stars
ADAM AND STEVE: A very different kind of 'gay cowboy movie'For the time being, any gay romance movie requires the Brokeback reference. Like Ang Lee, Craig Chester, who wrote, directed, and stars in Adam & Steve, deals with the strain and obstacles facing gay men. But where Brokeback ends in hopelessness, Adam & Steve takes an optimistic stance on the state of gay love, and it does so with warmth, charm, and absurd slapstick silliness. The story begins in the coke-glam world of 1987 New York. Adam (Chester), in goth regalia, meets Steve (Malcolm Gets), with frosted hair and glitter. The two head home together; there’s a messy accident fueled by cocaine cut with baby aspirin; Steve disappears into the night. Seventeen years later, in a rattled post–September 11 New York, they begin a romance in earnest, unaware they’ve met before. As ex-obese Rhonda, Parker Posey stands out with typical blistering wit. She pairs off with Steve’s goofball roommate Michael (Saturday Night Live’s Chris Kattan), but their romance is nowhere near as endearing or believable as Adam and Steve’s.
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