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September 20, 2008

Save Me

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Gobbledygook exploitation-religious-gay-lust takes a bumpy road with Chad Allen playing Mark; a suicidal gay drug addict who gets sent by his family to Genesis House, a Christian rehab clinic geared toward turning young gay men straight. Mark cleans up his drug habit and makes peace with God, but can’t help being drawn to housemate Scott (Robert Grant) in spite of his commitment to the clinic’s house rules as laid down by its strident heritor Gayle (Judith Light) and her new age husband (Stephen Lang). The film refuses to follow any one strand of political logic, and as such exists on an insufficient amount of thematic oxygen to support its loaded dramatic context. The performances are passable, but the production values are left wanting in this independent drama with more heart than brains.

Unrated. 96 mins. (C-) (Two Stars)

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