Latter Days

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Released 2004

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Director:
C. Jay Cox
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
Latter Days is a romantic dramedy about the romantic relationship between a closeted Mormon missionary and his neighbor and the consequences of being a gay Mormon. The movie stars Steve Sandvoss as the closeted gay missionary Elder Aaron Davis and Wes Ramsey as his lover Christian. William Markelli Supporting actors include Joseph Gordon-Levitt a(s Elder Ryder), Rebekah Johnson (as Julie Taymor), Mary Kay Place, Amber Benson, and Jacqueline Bisset. Latter Days was the first film to directly about the conflict between the gay community and the Church of Latter Day Saints, as it accurately portrays the internal conflict the gay members of the church go through, and the external conflict those that are out are forced to experience, as Aaron is forced to choose between his faith and his own sexuality, or face excommunication from the Mormon Church. The film was considered to be controversial since many Mormon groups called for its boycott, while gay groups praised its refreshing and truthful look at a situation that many young men and women have to deal with every day.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Works in the end because of its commitment to its characters and a handful of fine performances.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    At once romantic, earthy and socially critical, Latter Days is a dynamic film filled with humor and pathos.

  • 50

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Falls back on the broad characterizations and stereotypical situations that typified the earliest gay-themed movies, while preaching a familiar (though not entirely ingenuous) mess...

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    relationship woes, abrasive parent, gay couple, Gay & Lesbian, parent and child