TLA Releasing / Year: 2011
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TLA Releasing / Year: 2011
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Marshall (Houston Rhines) is a cocky young ad man working at a dead-end job for a boss (John Callahan) who overlooks his talents. After seven years with his boyfriend, Gabe (Noah Shuffman), Marshall's love life has become too comfortable. On top of that, he's turning 30 ("the new 40" in gay years)!
He is desperate for a new life. He goes looking for it online, where he comes upon a mysterious app called "eCupid" that guarantees to find true love. From the moment he downloads it, "eCupid" scans every inch of Marshall’s online world and instantly turns his life upside down.
Marshall suddenly gets everything he thinks he wanted. Newly single and ready for adventure, "eCupid" overwhelms Marshall with sexy guys at every turn, each promising to be the man of his fantasies. But too much of a good thing may not be a good thing. Marshall soon finds that all the attention is more than he bargained for.
With the help of a wise and mysterious waitress (Morgan Fairchild), Marshall is given one last chance to listen to his heart and figure out what (and who) is really important.
Following up the four-star success of Is it Just Me?, director J.C. Calciano returns with this pop romance, full of flights of fantasy, that’s sure to please even the most jaded cineaste.
Marshall (Houston Rhines) and Gabe (Noah Schuffman) have been in a comfy relationship for seven years now. They're so relaxed that sex has become infrequent - and things have become boring to Marshall. One night, Marshall downloads an app called "eCupid." Not only does it take over his cell phone and computer, but it also re-engineers his love life! Marshall tells Gabe that he’s bored, via a text he didn’t actually send, and a surprise hustler arrives at the door. Suddenly, Marshall finds himself single. To top that off, things at work aren’t going all that well either.
Sex appeal oozes from the whole cast of this beautifully crafted and artfully written romantic comedy - that carries an age-old message: it’s easy to get distracted from the love that’s right in front of us (especially in an age of texts, apps, and toys)!
-- Scott Cranin
RES wrote on 01/21/2016:
It's difficult to evaluate this film. A relaxed romantic comedy, if well-executed, is welcome amongst LGBT films, which are often as angst ridden as queer people's real lives too often are. 'ECupid' is light and qualifies as a 'rom-com' because of its basic 'boy-loses-boy, boy-finds boy-again' trope. But that's where it ends. Generally, these films, whether gay or straight, have appealing characters in the leads, with whom the audience can identify, or at least like. This film has a curiously cold, dispassionate lead in the character of Marshall. As a couple, Marshall and Gabe are dreary and mismatched, already peculiar after their relationship's seven-year duration. The narrative into which they're plunged makes them props for a set of surreal circumstances. Triggered by Marshall's download of a dating app in an attempt to relieve his relationship's sagging sexual component, he finds himself in a low-level Buñuel-like situation, where inexplicable things happen and people turn up with seemingly no rhyme or reason. Any real person in a normal 'rom-com' would be alarmed, a certain hilarity ensuing from his reactions; but Marshall just walks through these bizarre turns of events nearly without reaction, almost as we see in 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie'--to which, I assure the reader, I am *not* comparing this trifle. If the film had stayed with a surreal premise, it might have succeeded better. But the film maker tried to conflate the surreal with the tediously ordinary. Despite his sexual frustration, and without even giving the alternatives provided by the dating app a chance, Marshall dismisses potentially exciting flings with the 'young skaters, bad boys, boy-next-door types, and naughty frat boys' we are told he craves. He suddenly only wants his boring, unsatisfying primary relationship, and the surreal dating app serves to reunite the dull couple. The juxtaposition of styles makes for an uneven tone, leaving one to wonder what Marshall was thinking.
Marshall and Gabe's problem, as we see instantly, is that they don't communicate and make entirely inaccurate assumptions about each other's motivations, itself implausible after seven years together. It all ends blandly, except for the annoyed viewer, who has been tantalized with the possibility of a more complex narrative texture and outcome. The film also seems to reiterate a narrow 'monogamy or nothing' credo, making the possibility of seeking to satisfy unmet needs immoral and forbidden. It wags a prudish, insulting finger at its intended audience, despite the semi-clad hunks whom appear from time to time (there is no sex or nudity in the film). It also hints that on-line dating is fraught with unimaginably odd perils. But 'eCupid' has its moments. Three stars.
movie lover wrote on 08/31/2013:
Ok I admit it, I bought this movie because of the cute guys, thought it could be a big bomb like the other movies with cute guys. lol
I won't name any names!
Surprisingly it was lots of fun, cute, lots of eye candy, this movie has a lot of heart! Charming with a great message!
I definitely recommend it! 4 Stars!
GAG'EM wrote on 06/03/2012:
Silly predictable story. Mediocre acting, directing and writing, with no emotional depth or tension. Some of the boys are cute enough, but then cute boys are a dime a dozen in gay film. Save your time and money.
just a reviewer wrote on 05/18/2012:
......sites such as this, and elsewhere.
(( 3.5 STARS HAVE BEEN AWARDED ))
And, yes, let me get it right out there and up front: This is a well-done production (Calciano is very good at surrounding himself with capable cinematography and sound folks---there's little to fault). Obviously, his casting personnel have done their best to provide us with cute and hunky co-leads, as well as a fun group of major supporting actors (mention of some, below). It was a rare moment when their character arcs didn't ring true (obviously, the writing helped here). As to Storyline, it's as much one of "today's world" as it could possibly be....giving us an enjoyable ride and any number of lessons to be learned.
BUT having said all that, a large reservation remains for me....and it involves the Romantic angle of a story like this. So let me be the Bad Guy in this group and explain my last statement in the following way:
Some pre-release photo shots and a preview trailer led this Fan to believe, or hope, that our Good Director Calciano had perhaps read and paid attention to a past review of mine ("Is It Just Me?"), in which I took he and other Gay Romance film directors to task for NOT providing realistic kissing scenes. About his last film's attempts, I basically stated: "Blink and you'll miss 'em." ....And STILL, in this latest work, it seems if you "double-blink," you'll miss 'em. Maybe that's because our two "eCupid" lead actors give little more than quick pecks on the lips or cheek (surely not a case of: "Folks will think I'm Gay"!?). Though I must concede that Frat-Boy Dawson was really "persistent".....and fellow worker, Keith (Matt Lewis, in an exciting performance) gave his lip-lock a really good shot.
Other main supporting actors of note include Andy Anderson (Chris 1).....and of course, the inestimable Morgan Fairchild, as the Divinity Drive-In's Mother Confessor....and Guru of Love (she probably even out-angels Gabriel in this film).
Now, let's hope there is some "learning" being derived from reviews put out there by nonprofessional guys such as you and I. Let's also hope for better film productions in future. (Still and all, I'd buy another of this Director's films.)
By George...I think I've got it! I believe I'll just close out these comments with my parting review words re: our Director's last film:
"So, how to end all this? Let me do it by asking: Is it fun and cute and attention-holding? Well, yes....for the most part. But that doesn't mean it couldn't have been better....and my rating reflects that. (And yes, yes, yes....I have watched it more than once before butting in)."
Amos Lassen wrote on 10/10/2011:
I just watched J.C. Calciano’s second feature “eCupid” which is on the festival circuit right now. It is a film about relationships and that period when the grass looks greener somewhere else.
Marshall (Houston Rhines) figured by now he would have everything he wanted but as he nears his thirtieth birthday, he is still working at the same job which did not give him the jump-start he had hoped for. He also feels the he and his boyfriend, Gabe (Noah Shuffman), have arrived at the “seven year itch” and Gabe has stopped sexual activity. Marshall goes to the internet for release where he finds something called “eCupid” an app that promises him true love. Soon Marshall understands that “eCupid” has taken over his life and seems to know everything about him. It even has the ability to text him with new of men and even texts Gabe to tell him that Marshall wants to date other people. Marshall is then forced to confront Gabe with the truth and what follows is a comedy that has all kinds of men throwing themselves at Marshall which only makes him see that the only man he really wants is about to leave.
This is a film filled with gayness and gay characters and portrays that sad aspect of gay life when we feel that what we have is not “good enough” but in reality is the best thing going. Aside from the new main characters (who are all excellent),we have John Callahan as Marshall’s boss but the real surprise is Morgan Fairchild as a waitress who is both mysterious and wise. Marshall learns that fantasy men are nowhere as good as the real thing.
This is one of the new romantic comedies that we have been getting lately but don’t think this is like the rest of the simplistic movies that tell us nothing new. While the plot is simple, the execution will pull you into this endearing budget film (and the good looking cast also helps). Turning 30 for some can be a wakeup call and a time for introspection. A new life sounds good before we enter a retirement home and the internet provides unlimited opportunities for romance (those of you who spend time surfing the net and visiting gay chat rooms are well aware of the “honesty” we find there). Marshall finds his life turned upside down by the plethora of romantic possibilities found there J. Most of us do not want to admit how much time we waste there and Marshall realizes what most of us realize after having had a succession of men who “want him”.
The dialogue is clever; there are plenty of laughs and we soon realize that we are really laughing at ourselves. Sometimes it takes something like this to make us see that what we have is the best of all worlds. The director told me that the entire film was shot in just 12 days but you would never know that or that this is a low budget film.
Sometimes we place too much on big budget, slick “Hollywood” films when we have seen lately that some of the most accomplished and enjoyable films are small independent productions that deal with the lives we lead. Calciano should be very proud of this film. Be on the look-out or it and I have heard that it will be released on DVD for Valentine’s Day, 2012. What a great way to spend a romantic date with someone you care about or hope to care about.
Rating: Not Rated
Director: J.C. Calciano
Screenwriter: J.C. Calciano
Producer: J.C. Calciano
Length: 1 hr 40 min
Studio : TLA Releasing
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