Gray Matters (PG-13)

Comedy 96 February 23, 2007
By Michelle Orange
Heather Graham seems resigned to mugging and shrugging out the remainder of her thirties in a series of undercooked romantic comedies. Too old for the edgy ingénue and too weirdly youthful to convincingly pull on the mom jeans, Graham, her early potential (and ability to transcend luscious looks) squandered, has strapped on the stilettos and reported for duty in Sue Kramer's execrable New York coming-out film. After admitting to her creepily codependent brother (Tom Cavanagh) that she is in love with his new bride (Bridget Moynahan), and being outed to her entire office (including the redoubtable Molly Shannon) in a bit lifted almost directly from Ellen, "Gray" (previously a hopeless singleton despite her fantasy-blonde status) dissolves into hysterics. She'll never get married now! People will stare! Lesbians get no respect, dammit! It's an obstacle course of emoting that would be a stretch even for champion mugger Drew Barrymore. Coming from the strangely vacuous Graham, in a Manhattan this preposterous, the staid social message is almost as ludicrous as its surroundings.
Sue Kramer Heather Graham, Thomas Cavanagh, Bridget Moynahan, Rachel Shelley, Molly Shannon, Alan Cumming, Sissy Spacek, Gloria Gaynor, James Marsden, Alejandro Abellan Sue Kramer Michelle Grace, Diane Nabatoff, Jill Footlick, Sue Kramer, Cassian Elwes, John Hermansen Freestyle Releasing/Yari Film Group

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