Monday, October 17, 2011
From the director who brought you the gay romantic comedy feature Is It Just Me? featured in last year's 15th Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, comes eCupid, a feature in this year's 16th Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. The film shares its name with the iPhone app, eCupid is a story of how a young gay couple deals worth the seven year itch in the technology age.
Marshall is about to turn 30 and is in a dead end adverting job. His boyfriend Gabe is trying to keep afloat his struggling cafe. Recently they have been spending less quality time together since they are both so exhausted from their jobs. Marshall in an act of frustration downloads eCupid to his phone to see what else is out there.
Over the course of the film the app sends and deletes text messages, arranges for chance meetings with Marshall's fantasy "types", including an aggressive young intern, skater boy at a bar (played by Real World DC's Mike Manning), a fratboy who delivers, and even sets him up to tell off his boss (played by John Callahan who played Edmund Gray on All My Children from 1992 until 2005). In the end after all the very long (and at times drawn out) mishaps, Marshall discovers that what he has been looking for is already right in front of him.
eCupid is a film that definitely belongs in the vast canon of average gay romantic comedies that is equivalent to a chick flick. It does not demand of its audience to suspend disbelief (other than an app going rogue, but anyone who has seen 2001: A Space Odyssey's HAL 9000, it's not that far fetched) and does not make you feel any smarter for having seen it. A good story that provides a laugh or two for a few hours is sometimes its own reward.