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!
Director and Major Actors
Director: Sue Kramer
Sue Kramer is probably one of the most well paid screenwriters around. Having graduated with honors from UCLA film school, Kramer has been writing professionally in Hollywood for 12 years, working with everybody from Sissy Spacek to Julia Roberts, trying to get script to screen. Her highly acclaimed scripts were The Goldbergs and the Romanos. Her other screenplays were LONDON IN JUNE, also for Touchstone Pictures, and WALKING BACKWARDS.
GRAY MATTERS, was the first movie she directed and it was released by the Yari Film Group on February 23, 2007. This film was also written by her. According to Kramer, the film took 6 years to get made and she shot the film in 21 days for less than $2.5 Million.
Her inspiration for this movie was her older sister who’s gay. They had always been and still are extremely close. They always liked the same things in life- literature, poetry, design and old movies. She remember the first time her sister got a crush on her best friend in College and she was very judgmental but then later realized that nothing’s wrong with her sister and she has the right to be comfortable with herself.
Major Cast and Characters:
1. Heather Graham (as Gray Baldwin) – is an American actress who was born on January 29, 1970 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has appeared in such films as Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Lost in Space, Bowfinger, From Hell, Anger Management, and The Hangover. She received critical acclaim for her performance in the 1989 film Drugstore Cowboy and for her role as Rollergirl in 1997′s Boogie Nights, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
She became one of the lead stars in the movie film “Gray Matters.” Graham said that when she read the script, she really liked the feeling at the end. She liked that it was about someone kind of learning to accept themselves for who they are and celebrating who they are. She thought it was a very happy story. When asked what it felt like the first time she kissed a girl, Graham responded that it was great and fun. She said both her and Bridget (who plays as Charlie) were nervous but after the scene they were just giggling.
Commenting about their director, Kramer, she said that she was very passionate and very specific about what she wanted. To feel Kramer’s enthusiasm and passion made her feel a lot more confident while acting.
- Tom Cavanagh (as Sam Baldwin) – is a Canadian actor who was born October 26, 1963 in Ottawa, Ontario. Cavanagh has been an actor in his native Canada for many years on television dramas such as Jake and the Kid, and television commercials, appearing for Labatt in the 1990s and for CIBC. In 1989 he was cast in the Broadway revival of Shenandoah. Other stage credits include productions of A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Urinetown and Grease. He appeared in Some Americans Abroad at Second Stage Theatre in New York City.
- Bridget Moynahan (as Charlie Kelsey)- is an American model and actress born on April 28, 1971 in Binghamton, New York. After graduating from Longmeadow High School in 1989, Moynahan pursued a career in modeling. She was signed by a modeling agency, which led her to appear in department store catalogs and the covers of widely known magazines. After doing television commercials, she began taking acting lessons, in order to change occupations.
In her personal life, Moynahan was in a three-year relationship with screenwriter Scott Rosenberg. She was then in a high-profile relationship with NFL quarterback, Tom Brady from 2004 to 2006. In August 2007, she gave birth to Brady’s son, John Edward Thomas.
- Alan Cumming (as Gordy)- is a Scottish stage, television and film actor, singer, comedian, director, producer and author born on January 27,1965 in Aberfeldy, Scotland.
His roles have included the Emcee in Cabaret, Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye, Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United, Mr. Elton in Emma, and Fegan Floop in the Spy Kids trilogy. He has also appeared in independent films like The Anniversary Party, which he co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in; and Ali Selim’s Sweet Land, for which he won an Independent Spirit award as producer. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist, for which he received an Olivier award, the lead in Martin Sherman’s Bent, and as Dionysus in The National Theatre of Scotland’s The Bacchae. On Broadway he has appeared as Mac the Knife in The Threepenny Opera, the Emcee in Cabaret, for which he won the Tony in 1998, and Design for Living. Cumming also introduces “Masterpiece Mystery” for PBS. He currently appears as a regular on The Good Wife, a role for which he was nominated for an Emmy.
He has also written a novel, Tommy’s Tale, had a cable talk show (“Eavesdropping with Alan Cumming”) and produced a line of perfumed products labeled “Cumming”. He has contributed opinion pieces to many publications and performed a cabaret show I Bought A Blue Car Today. Retaining his British citizenship, Cumming also became a U.S. citizen in November 2008.
- Molly Shannon (as Carrie) – is an American comic actress born on September 16, 1964 in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She was best known for her work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995–2001 and for starring in the films Superstar and Year of the Dog. More recently, she starred in NBC‘s Kath & Kim from 2008–2009 and on the TBS animated series Neighbors from Hell. Shannon married artist Fritz Chesnut on May 29, 2004.They have two children: daughter Stella and son Nolan
- Rachel Shelley (as Julia Barlett)- is an English actress and model born on August 25,1969 in Swindon. She graduated from Sheffield University with a B.A. Hons in English and Drama.
She played Elizabeth Russell in the Indian Hindi film Lagaan and Helena Peabody on the television show The L Word.
Shelley lives in Notting Hill, grew up in London and moved from Swindon at age one.
She has been married to Mathew Parkhill since 1995. Their only child, a daughter, was born on September 8, 2009 soon after midnight.
- Sissy Spacek (as Dr. Sydney) – is an American actress and singer, born on December 25, 1949 in Quitman, Texas. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as country star Loretta Lynn in the 1980 film Coal Miner’s Daughter. She has been nominated for an Oscar a total of six times. She is also known for her roles as Holly Sargis in Terrence Malick’s 1973 film Badlands, and as Carrie White in Brian De Palma’s 1976 horror film Carrie, for which she received her first Academy Award nomination.
Spacek is known mainly as a dramatic actress, but also has made comedies. The films that Spacek has starred in have earned more than $700 million worldwide.