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I Am Michael (2015)

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Based on the fascinating true-life story of Michael Glatze, a gay activist who becomes a Christian pastor after identifying as a heterosexual.

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Justin Kelly

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Justin Kelly, Stacey Miller (based on an article by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Michael Glatze
Zachary Quinto ... Bennett
Emma Roberts ... Rebekah Fuller
Charlie Carver ... Tyler
Avan Jogia ... Nico
Daryl Hannah ... Deborah
Lesley Ann Warren ... Susan
Jefferson Mays ... Preacher Teacher
Jan Maxwell ... Coltry
Ahna O'Reilly ... Laura
Nick Rehberger ... Adam
Leven Rambin ... Catherine
Kevin Cahoon ... Peter
Blake Lee ... Benoit Denizet-Lewis
Jacob Loeb ... Teddy
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I AM MICHAEL is the incredible true-life story of Michael Glatze (Franco), a high profile gay youth activist who created a national controversy when he claimed to no longer be gay and became a straight Christian pastor. The film follows Michael from his life in San Francisco with his boyfriend Bennett (Quinto), where he pursues political activism, a journalist career at XY Magazine, social awareness, and sexual exploration, to his days of personal self-discovery. After a traumatic scare, Michael is plagued by doubt and paranoia, and begins a religious reawakening. Michael renounces his gay lifestyle, rejects his friends, and endeavors to find his "true self." He explores Buddhism and Mormonism, yet ultimately lands at a Christian Bible school in rural Wyoming where he meets his girlfriend, Rebekah (Roberts), and becomes the pastor of his own church. This powerful new film captures one man's haunting journey through modern concepts of love, denial and redemption. Written by Brainstorm Media

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One man. Two lives.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts both appear in the FX television show American Horror Story (2011), albeit in different seasons. (Quinto guest-starred in the first and second; Roberts in the third and fourth.) See more »

Quotes

Michael Glatze: Can I buy you a drink?
Tyler: Don't you have a boyfriend?
Michael Glatze: Hmm... he'll think you're cute too.
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Hair & Make-up
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Written by Mateo Senolia
Performed by Trinidad Senolia
Courtesy of Yoruba Records (ASCAP)
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Drab and timid
21 June 2015 | by steven-222See all my reviews

Watching this film, I thought of that great movie SAFE, in which Julianne Moore plays an upper-class matron whose life takes a strange turn when she develops a sensitivity to various "toxins" all around her. Or is it just in her head? As she retreats farther and farther from the life she once knew, the viewer likewise retreats from making any easy judgments about her. The way we comprehend and navigate the world is a mysterious process, with no easy answers. Boy, what a great movie SAFE was.

I hoped this movie might present a similar complexity and depth. Unfortunately, this neophyte director is no Todd Haynes. And James Franco is certainly no Julianne Moore.

Alternatively, given the "controversial true story" subject matter, the movie might have been loud, polemical, and sensational, a la Oliver Stone. That would at least have been amusing, and sexy, and maybe even thought-provoking.

But it's not like that, either.

Instead, it's just very drab and dull. It's like some dreadfully boring TV movie of the week from the 1970s. The catatonic performances do not help, but what were the actors supposed to do with characters the script does nothing to develop? Supposedly the story is based on real people, but none of these people seem very real. A documentary of the Errol Morris variety would have shown us much, much more about what they all went through. Or a completely fictitious story might have freed the film maker to really delve into the psyches of his subjects. Instead, we are left with a very halfhearted effort to tell a "true" story in such a way that no one will be offended.

Unlike SAFE, this movie plays it much too safe.


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