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Jeffrey

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Jun 17, 2019
Jeffrey

Just in time for Gay Pride month, Shout Factory releases a cult favorite gem in the LGBTQ+ movie genre.

"Jeffrey" was the first gay-themed film I had seen and, having just come out a couple of years prior, the release of the 1995 movie was perfect timing. Seeing it at an independent theater was a great viewing choice, and seeing it on Blu-ray over 20 years later "Jeffery" still brings a smile to my face.

You may also shed a tear or two if you haven't seen Paul Rudnick's adaptation from his off-Broadway show. Steven Weber (TV's "Wings") plays the title character, a gay man in the '90s who's tired of the endless hookup routines and lists of sexual demands/hang-ups from his various dates. In a bout of desperation, Jeffrey swears off sex. His best friend Sterling (Patrick Stewart) thinks he's nuts and offers dating advice instead.

Meanwhile, in a random chance meeting, Jeffrey meets Steve (Michael T. Weiss, "The Pretender") at the local gym, and it's lust at first sight. With his chiseled body and masculine Caesar haircut, Steve chases the elusive Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey learns the news of Steve's positive HIV status, he gets cold feet and squanders any chance at a real relationship.

With a supporting cast including Sigourney Weaver, Olympia Dukakis, and Nathan Lane, "Jeffrey" is still charming after all of these years thanks to its farce-like approach mixed with serious themes and acting.

From its "Shout Select" catalog, Shout Factory tacks on three brand new special features not seen in other releases of "Jeffrey." Among them are an entertaining interview with actor Steven Weber and one with producer Mark Balsam.


"Jeffrey"
Blu-ray
$29.99
www.shoutfactory.com

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.


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