Sweet and Tender
With “Angora Ranch” and “Vacationland” WaterBearer Films has entered into a whole new class of good gay films. I previously reviewed “Vacationland” and had a lot of good things to say about it.
I am going to say the same good things about “Angora Ranch”, a bittersweet love story ala “Romeo and Juliet” with modern trappings. This is such a nice, tender movie that you can’t help but love it. It transcends love and stereotypes as well as family problems and gives us that rare commodity—a beautiful love story between two guys, Justin and Jack. Its premise is simple enough and that is what makes t such a good movie.
Justin is driving to a business meeting and while on his way there he drives off of the highway to avoid hitting a rabbit. Justin is young, handsome and charismatic with his youthful charm. He is lucky that he landed in a ditch at Angora Ranch which just happens to be owned by Jack, a man double his age but every bit as hot and charismatic. In other words, Jack is HOT. The two men see each other and the viewer feels the magic. As the age difference between the two falls away, another problem is in the offing. Each of the guys has a father who loves t meddle. Jack’s dad is pushy and wants his son to settle down while Justin’s dad is a strict businessman who is convinced that his son will never amount to very much
In their attempt to rise above what the father’s feel about each of them, the guys find love. They each find in the other what they are looking for but the problem is what to do about their fathers.
There are some really funny scenes in the film and the dialog which at tiles is heavy is beautifully written and spoken. Sometimes the emotionalism seems a bit contrived but taken as a whole, it works beautifully. There are times when the actors are upstaged by the loveable rabbits that populate the movie. What is so good to see is a love affair between two guys who are very separated by age yet find love anyway. The film is pleasant and rewarding and never becomes sexually explicit. It stays true to its theme that true love can overcome any obstacles and does so with style and class.
I can’t say enough good things about this movie. I think what makes it so appealing is its simplicity and its tenderness. This is one you will not want to miss.
The DVD also contains two wonderful extras—candid shots during the filming and a featurette on “Behind the Scenes”.