Romantic Comedy About a Brother, a Sister And The Girl of Their Dreams
Gray Matters is a romantic comedy released on February 23, 2007, and was directed and written by Sue Kramer. The movie is basically about love, life and being true to oneself. “Gray Matters” will surely make you giggle, sob, and realize the importance of accepting and showing your true self to others.
Sam (Tom Cavanagh) and his sister, Gray (Heather Graham), are siblings and best friends who have common passion and interest in the classic music, old movies, and ballroom-dancing. They’re so close since childhood and even when they’re already grown up, they still share the same roof space in the city of New York.
Gray creates ad campaigns for her company while Sam is a surgery intern. Since they were inseparable and so compatible, people actually assume they are dating. Offended, they both agree to each other that they must start searching for love. He’ll look for a guy for her and she’ll look for a gal for him.
One day, they head to a dog park so that Sam can maybe meet a woman. And there, they crossed paths with Charlie (Bridget Moynahan), an attractive, funny and intelligent zoologist who shares their enthusiasm for old movies and dancing. Sam falls head over heels for Charlie and decided that she was his perfect mate. The following day, Sam announced to Gray that he and Charlie were engaged and were planning to get married in Las Vegas and asked her to be their witness.
The three of them spent time together in Las Vegas. After Gray and Charlie went to a night club(impromptu bachelorette party) to have fun, they were both tired and Charlie was so drunk. While inside their room, they kissed each other passionately, then Charlie fell asleep. Gray was so horrified and shocked; she didn’t sleep the whole night for she’s confused. The next morning, Gray realized that Charlie didn’t remember kissing her; Charlie thought that Gray was having a separation anxiety which is the reason why she’s upset.
Gray was beginning to realize that she’s attracted to Charlie in a very physical and emotional manner. Gray comes to the very painful and confusing conclusion that she herself may be a lesbian (which would explain her solitary life and inability to connect with guys), and seeks advice on what to do. She called Sydney, her therapist, to ask for help and opinion
However, her therapist told her that she was not gay. According to her, she was just subconsciously sabotaging Charlie to Sam because she felt that Charlie is taking her brother away from her, making her jealous. The therapist told her that she could try to open herself and go out with other guys.
Gray followed her advice. She had dates with three guys. First, with a man she met while waiting for the elevator. Second is with the elevator man. Then third is with a taxi cab driver, Gordy (Alan Cumming).
All didn’t work out. But she became good friends with Gordy, who understands her and helped her realized to stop pretending to be someone she’s not.
Gray finally decided to admit to his brother that she was gay. His brother was happy for her and he said he already knew since they were still young. However, when Gray told Sam that she was in love with Charlie and they kissed the night before their wedding, Sam got mad and asked Gray to move out from their house.
Charlie naïvely fails to acknowledge the depth of Gray’s feelings for her as a romantic triangle forms between Charlie and the siblings. She didn’t know the reason why Sam and Gray argue but advised Sam that he needs to talk to his sister.
Sam missed Charlie. He went to her office and tried to work things out. He even told Gray how important she was to him. Everything is doing great for Gray: she had a promotion, her problem with his brother was resolved, she fired her useless therapist, she doesn’t need to hide her true self and sexuality, and then she found her soul mate who is also one of her boss, Julia Barlett (Rachel Shelley). They met in a gay bar, talked and they ended up going back to Julia’s place together.
So basically, the lesson of the movie is to be comfortable with who you are-whether you’re gay, bi or straight, black or white. And that you shouldn’t be judged for who you are and you should be able to live a life and be comfortable in your own shoes, not have other people judge you along the way. Showing your true colors to others means having FREEDOM!