#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Aaron Davis (Steve Sandvoss) and Christian Markelli (Wes Ramsey) are perhaps the two most opposite people in the world. Aaron is a passionate young Elder (a Mormon missionary) who wants to do his family and church proud. Christian is a shallow West Hollywood waiter/party boy who only looks forward to what man the next night will bring to him. After Aaron and three other Elders move into the apartment across from his, Christian’s friends make a bet that he can’t get one of them into the sack, so he instantly latches onto Aaron, suspecting there is more than meets the eye to him. There are two problems, though: Christian finds himself questioning his own identity as he falls in love with Aaron and the Mormon Church treats homosexuality as a sinful lifestyle. When Aaron’s burgeoning sexuality is discovered, they will have to go through trials of regret, loss, perseverance, and forgiveness if they want to get to the thing that matters to them most: each other.
Plot: Christian, a hunky, 20-something, West Hollywood party boy gets more than he bargains for when he tries to seduce 19-year-old Elder Aaron Davis, a sexually confused Mormon missionary who moves into his apartment complex.
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Touching on many fronts…
Latter Days touched me unexpectedly in many ways. I knew little about the film before I saw it on DVD, and really had few expectations. I am no movie critic, and probably see fewer flicks than most people. But I know what I like, and I know when something tugs at my soul. Few movies exist that I have wanted to see more than once. This is one, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is soulsearching.
Maybe it is stereotypical, and maybe its not Academy Award material (I like few that are), but it really touched some hot buttons with me, and it moved me to tears in the end. I thought that Cox and company did a great job summing up such deep subject matter in such a short time.
For those who think it’s hoaky, I say relax, its just a movie. I lived many parts of the real-life version of this story, and it wasn’t always pretty. While never a Mormon, I have “wrestled with the angel” for most of my adult life, still trying to reconcile my gay being with my spiritual being. Long-term denial of my sexual identity at an early age led me into a lengthy struggle with drugs and alcohol and a near-death experience 11 years ago. I even looked into aversion therapy once as a way to “cure” myself from homosexuality. Trust me, its better to see this unfold in a movie than to have lived it.
While it may be steeped in stereotype and clichés, as many critics have suggested, Latter Days manages to expose many shallow traits among the major elements in this story: organized religion, gay culture and even Hollywood itself (I love how Cox portrayed L.A. as an additional “character” in the movie).
I thought that the acting was terrific, especially Sandvoss as Aaron Davis. The music is as touching as the story (I recommend the soundtrack too). I can’t speak for most moviegoers, but this one will stick with me for a while, and few ever do.
. . . and the prodigal son…
I wrote this review of Latter Days for my denominational gay/lesbian newsletter:
“A man had two sons.” So began the gospel reading, the familiar story of The Prodigal Son, the day after I saw the film Latter Days.
Yes, the plot of this movie is easily described: L.A. circuit boy meets Mormon missionary. You can see where it’s going – Aaron, Mormon missionary, and Christian, L.A. circuit party boy: boy meets boy, boy gets boy, boy loses boy. Yes, a predictable fairy tale gay love story with the requisite pretty boys and erotic yet tastefully done sex scene. But although Aaron, in one of the most powerful scenes in the move, tells Christian, that “there’s nothing about you that isn’t skin deep,” this movie proves him wrong.
Christian, the prodigal son, who has abandoned everything about life that isn’t about play and pleasure. Aaron, the elder brother, who has always done the right thing, always forgone whatever his church has forbidden.
In the biblical parable, it’s the father that tries to reconcile these two. However, in this story, the parents are all rejecting homophobes. We meet Aaron’s parents. His mother cannot even begin to fathom that another man might love her son, she cannot begin to see her son’s pain. His father presides at his excommunication from the Mormon church. We hear of Christian’s father. Not about to have a sissy boy for a son, Christian tells the tale of his father taking him on a hunting trip. But the trip goes awry, and later discovered nearly frozen to death, Christian tells of being held in the arms of his unnamed rescuer, tells of being warmed in those arms, of feeling safe – he doesn’t say, but I dare add, feeling loved by a man for the first time – and Christian reports powerfully that at that moment, at the age of 13, he knew, “if this is what it feels like to be gay, bring it on.”
No, there is no loving father apparent in this parable to reconcile these two. It is the power of love itself, pulsing underneath the skin, which pulls these two together. In this parable, both sons have somehow learned how to love despite the homophobia of their past.
But first, to reveal that love, the veneer, that thick skin with which they have both covered themselves, which protects them from the love in their souls, must be torn off. Aaron fears what Christian offers. For him it means losing everything he has ever known: his family, his church, his anchors and guideposts in life. Christian too is cut deeply by Aaron. “Am I shallow?” he asks his friends. They can’t even answer the question, the answer being so obvious. He too has a life to leave behind, and learns to hurt deeply even as he learns to love truly for the first time.
The movie ends with a meal, a party, as does the parable. This meal is not hosted by a loving father, but by another lost soul who has found meaning in what both Christian and Aaron have brought to her life. As the woman hosting the meal says to the gathered crowd, “you are always welcome at my table,” I know I am witnessing a eucharistic feast.
And as I listen to the sermon on this Sunday, after the reading of The Prodigal Son, I realize why the movie has impressed me so deeply. It’s because I am Aaron. And Christian. And both are loved deeply by God. And if I am not both, I am not everything God created me to be.
And I imagine a table where I am welcome, both as elder and as younger brother, as Aaron and as Christian. And I say, bring it on.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director C. Jay Cox
Writer C. Jay Cox
Actors Steve Sandvoss, Wes Ramsey, Rebekah Johnson, Amber Benson
Awards 3 wins.
Production Company Davis Entertainment, Funny Boy
Sound Mix Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Sony HDW-F900
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Video (HDTV)
Cinematographic Process HDCAM
Printed Film Format 35 mm