Back Soon (movie)

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Title: Back Soon
Writer/Director: Rob Williams
Starring: Matthew Montgomery, Windham Beacham
Distributers: TLA Releasing/Guest House Films
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Genre: Drama/Paranormal/Romance
Country of Origin/Language: USA/English
Rating: R/Unrated
Released: 2007
Length: 83 minutes
Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars

Summary: Two “straight” men who seemingly have nothing in common meet and are drawn to each other…as they start to fall in love, what are the forces bringing them together and could those same forces tear them apart?



A guest review by Lasha

BLURB

Back Soon is a story of love, loss, identity and hope. It follows the relationship between aspiring actor Logan Foster (Windham Beacham) and reformed drug dealer Gil Ramirez (Matthew Montgomery), two men who find themselves inexplicably drawn together despite their disparate backgrounds, and the fact that they both regarded themselves as straight. However, their bond is soon threatened by Gil’s mysterious past and a startling revelation about the true nature of their connection. Neither man is prepared for this, nor the impact it will have on their lives.

–Source: IMDB

THE REVIEW

Back Soon is the second Matthew Montgomery movie I have reviewed for the site. I am a big fan of his work. In this film, Matthew plays Gil, a reformed gang-banger/drug dealer whose near-death experience has changed his life. He got out of the drug dealing business, and is in the process of buying his dream house. Which is where he meets Logan, a struggling actor who lost his wife to a drunk driver the year previously. He is the home owner of Gil’s dream house, but is selling it because it carries too many memories of his deceased wife. As the two men become friends, they also discover an attraction to each other. But since neither man considers himself gay, they wonder why out of the blue they are so drawn to each other. It seems fate, a dead wife and forces beyond the grave have brought them together. But once they figure that out, can the new-found love they have survive the truth?

When you ask people who have seen this film their reactions, you will get mixed reviews. I think you either love it or hate it. I am in the former camp. Yes, sometimes the acting is painful, bordering on “get thee to an acting class,” but for some reason I watch this movie over and over again and enjoy it. Personally, I think it is because Windham and Matthew have such a cute, understated chemistry that makes me smile. (They also played lovers in another Guest House film called Long-term Relationship). Plus, I love a good paranormal twist in my romances movies.

So, the pros of Back Soon:

–The leads characters are sweet and hot together. I really understood their confusion about being attracted to each other.

–If you love a GFY plot, this has it in double doses.

–Gil’s best friend, Jamie. He’s a delight: funny, honest and loves Gil. (See former porn star Bret Wolfe shine in this movie).

–The plot has a supernatural twist, which made the GFY trope more believable.

–The wife while only in a few scenes has chemistry with everyone. She’s pivotal to the plot and it’s great to see a female character in a gay film that isn’t a bitch or the best friend. (For those thinking there are m/f scenes in the movie, there is really only one, just a kiss between Logan and the wife to give their back-story. However, the movie centers on Logan and Gil.)

The cons:

–Logan’s former best friend, Spencer, played by Artie O’Daly. His acting is just sub-par in this movie which is a shame as he was the perfect comedic relief in Long-Term Relationship.

–The medical plot in the movie was laughable especially the end scene. They really needed a medical consultant to make me believe Gil had been injured.

–You figure out the supernatural twist pretty quickly in, but I found it interesting none-the-less.

–The drug dealer stereotypes and the ‘bad guy’ comes out of nowhere. Utterly ridiculous.


However, despite these flaws, or maybe in spite of them, I really like this film. While it is not my favorite Matthew Montgomery movie (Gone, But Not Forgotten is), but it makes for an enjoyable 83 minutes.

OVERALL

While this film does have it’s detractors, the romance at the core of the film is wonderful and unique. If you are in the mood for a feel-good supernatural (gay) romance, this independent film is for you.

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About Lasha

I've been reading romance books since I was 12 and when I found m/m books a few years ago I feel madly in love with the genre. My favorites tropes are: GFY, police partners in love and May-December romances. I also adore paranormals and in my spare time away from Jessewave, I review pararmormal m/m books at my own blog. Give me a good shifter book and I'm a happy girl!

8 thoughts on “Back Soon (movie)

  1. Raine

    Thanks Lasha, I like the sound of this…sometimes the flawed films just work and I like what you said about the heart of this one.

    1. Lasha

      I readily admit I have a Matthew Montgomery fixation, so watch at your own risk, Raine. He might not be your thing. *g*

  2. Majken

    Normally, I don’t watch movies outside the cinema, I might try to find this though
    Thanks for the review

    1. Lasha

      If you are going to buy gay-themed movies for the first time, I would recommend: Shelter and Latter Days, both are 5+ stars. While I love Back Soon, it will not win any awards like those two movies did. (Both have been reviewed on this site.)

      Enjoy!

  3. Jamie Fessenden

    I think this is a really interesting film, despite the fact that I agree with most of the negatives you mentioned. There were some moments when the two MCs really did have some nice chemistry going, and the ending really got to me. Good review!

  4. Walt

    I can’t make heads or tails of the ending. When the wife was telling Gil that it was time, did that mean that it was time for her to go (remember, she did tell him earlier in the film that it was okay for him to love her husband and she’ll teach him how)? Or did she basically hitch a ride in his body until she could take it over and have her husband all to herself again (the theme of destiny is played throughout the film). I like to think she let him have his body back, and that she respects that her husband has moved on.

      1. Walt

        And something just came to me! I rewatched the ending (again), and if we shoot back to the scene where they’re discussing if the person loving Owen is Gil or just his wife, Gil says he loves Owen, but Owen just doesn’t really know. The way that Gil says that he’d like to get coffee with Owen sometime (“I’d like that. I’d like that a lot.”) he gets teary eyed and truthful. Also, the last scene of Gil and wife, he seems genuinely worried about Owen when he asks her “But what about him?” and she says, “He’ll survive and he’ll understand.” and Gil says “But I don’t understand.” I think he actually might love him, and that gives me a more complete ending than the one before. At least it’s an ending I like.

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